“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” (Colossian 4.12 NKJV).
How many times have we “labored fervently” for someone in prayer? God knows that we are busy, and many times we can only whisper a short prayer on behalf of our family member or friend, but sometimes God divinely calls us to labor out our prayers. The image of laboring brings to mind words like sweat, exhaustion, toil and struggle. We can also picture a woman giving birth to her newborn baby. It is painful, difficult and filled with groans of difficulty, but the end result is new life! There are times when we must wrestle with our prayers because the need is so strong. When we feel the contractions of this kind of prayer coming on, we should never avoid them. God is asking us to step up to the challenge. There is someone who needs a breakthrough and our prayers mixed with our faith can help birth that breakthrough. What a reward we will gain if we willingly labor these prayers on behalf of others! We can be apart of bringing forth something new for the Lord! And when everyone beholds what God has done, we can know that our prayers made a difference. God has allowed us to carry a small portion of His kingdom plan on earth that will live out for eternity in heaven.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6.18 NLT).