Day 5

Jan 8

Colossians 4:12

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.

This particular verse has always challenged me. The New International Version says that Epaphras, “wrestles” in prayer for the people of the church.  That word translated “wrestles” is the Greek word, agonizomai, from which we get our word agony. This particular word is used several times in the New Testament, but only once with regards to prayer. 

 

Agonizomai is a word which has several meanings: to enter a contest; to contend with an adversary or to fight; to struggle or strive to obtain something.  I don’t know about you, but I can think of a number of words to describe my prayer life.  I’m not, however, sure that wrestling or contending would be words I might choose.

 

We are told that we have an enemy who is like a roaring lion “looking for someone to  devour” (1 Peter 5:8).  He is the one we fight against and he is the one with whom we contend.  Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against “the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.”  In light of that, maybe all of us should “wrestle” more in our prayers. 

 

In Luke 18, Jesus tells us a parable about prayer. We are told to continue to pray for things; to continue to knock and not give up. There is a sense of “wrestling” in prayer whenever we continue to pray for things that seem to go on answered. We must trust that our God is still at work in the spiritual realm, bringing about an outcome for our good, even if it’s not exactly the way we might have hoped or imagined.     

 

Prayer

 

  1. As you spend time in prayer today, remember you have an enemy who does not want your prayers to be answered. In fact, he doesn’t even want you to ask them at all. Consider contending in prayer against the enemy in order for God’s will and purpose to be accomplished in your life and in your family’s life.

 

  1. Pray for each of your family members by name.  Mention specific needs they may have.  Pray for strength and hope in these difficult times.  I have found myself praying often for provision and protection for my family.  Consider making that your first request.  

 

  1. Are there some things that you’ve ceased praying for because you haven’t received an answer? Maybe now is the time to bring them back before the throne of God. Maybe now is the time to trust that He’s still at work and that it’s the enemy who wants you to give up.

 

Kent Kraning

Discipleship Team