The Work of Prayer
“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” (Colossians 4:12 NIV)
When people talk about the work of the Lord, they think of preaching, evangelizing, teaching Sunday school, going on a mission trip, serving as a deacon; but seldom does anyone think about prayer as another aspect of the work of the Lord. And yet the apostle Paul talked about his co-laborer Epaphras “wrestling” in prayer for the Colossian church. Just spend fifteen minutes in concerted intercession for a loved one who is in trouble, and you will see what Paul was talking about.
The work of prayer takes concentration. You have to focus on the Lord and what you are praying about—whether it’s a person or a situation, and regardless of whether you are praying for a personal need or you’re interceding on behalf of someone else. You can’t be distracted by your cell phone or thinking about what you are going to eat for dinner or anything else, if you want to pray the effective, fervent prayer that avails much, according to the Word of God (James 5:16).
Just think: What we do in prayer, individually or corporately, has the potential to affect lives all over the world. In fact, it can have a greater impact on the world than what is happening right now in Congress or the White House or the United Nations.
Let’s take this to heart and pray with all of our heart, starting at this every moment!
Read Colossians 4:2-18.