Prayer Not Despair

Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Colossians 4:12

Prayer

Epaphras is our model when it comes to praying for our children, grandchildren, or other loved ones who need a strengthening touch from the Lord. Notice  how Epaphras prayed, laboring fervently and wrestling. Notice what he prayed-that his friends would stand firm and complete, fully assured in the will of God.

Why not adopt an Epaphras attitude toward someone on your heart. Perhaps your child or brother or a friend has a problem you can’t solve. No words or actions of yours can make things better. But you can pray. You can wrestle in prayer. You can plead fervently, knowing the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much (James 5:16).

Remember what Samuel told Israel: Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you.  (1 Samuel 12:23

Try Prayer, Not Despair

Now therefore, Our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause your face to shine on Your sanctuary.  Daniel 9:17.

If you want to see a man of God in prayer, look to the ninth chapter of Daniel. He set his face toward the Lord to make requests by prayer and supplication in  great humility and prolonged earnestness. He confessed his sins and those of his people. He pleaded for mercy, begging for God’s “face to shine” on His sanctuary. 

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Lord, Teach us to Pray!

How could you improve your life of prayer? Could you take a little more time, be a little more specific, pray a little more frequently? what about devoting an entire hour to prayer, or a morning, or a day?