Wrestling in Prayer

At morning prayers this week we have been looking at Colossians 4: 2 -18. There’s lots about prayer in it  (as well as some difficult names!)…have a read  – it’s really good!

The part that really got my attention was in verse 12 where it says that Epaphras, “is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured.”

It got me to thinking about what it means to wrestle in prayer. To wrestle implies effort, hard work, endurance and even struggle. It’s a wrestling that is not against God, in some effort to twist his arm or change his mind, but a wrestle in prayer before Him, standing on his promises to see His kingdom come more and more. A wrestle in prayer against the things that would get in the way of our relationship with him and with others, a wrestle in prayer against the things of the world, that we would see his kingdom come in our MSCs, in our schools, workplaces and families.

In Ephesians it’s says, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

The battle is not ours  – it belongs to the Lord  and we get to join in with what He is already doing and wrestle in prayer to see His Kingdom come. What a privilege!

I guess it’s not surprising during Launch week that the Lord wants to encourage us with a word about wrestling in prayer with Him for breakthrough. Who is the Lord asking you to wrestle in prayer for? Let’s be encouraged, stay faithful and keep on praying!

Elaine Timmis