Epaphras: An Example for Prayer
In closing his letter to the Colossians, Paul gave some greetings, including one from Epaphras: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God” (Col 4:12 ESV). As simple as this verse is, it gives us some helpful points in how Epaphras prayed for others and how we can pray for others today. The first two points involve being consistent and diligent in prayer. We should always pray for others. Epaphras obviously did not literally pray 24/7. Paul’s “always” means that Epaphras constantly prayed for the Colossians as he had the opportunity to do so. We should look for times to pray for others and consistently make the most of these times. We should strive in praying for others. To “strive” or “struggle” in [more]