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‘Hold Them Close In Prayer’ (Col. 4) by @0rode #LAFruits Devotional

May: ENJOYING THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reading: Psalm 65, Colossians 4

@thelafamily MAY 11

Hold Them Close In Prayer

Text: “…always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading] that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual growth], convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God” Colossians 4:12 (AMP)

I once lost the will to pray or rather I became afraid to pray. I had been praying for God to change and strengthen me through the challenges I faced but in my mind it seemed the opposite occurred. In my confusion and weariness I associated this with me and simply lost faith in my ability to pray. When I confessed this to my Pastor, he helped unpick my blockages but more importantly it was the prayers said on my behalf by my pastor and a sister-in-Christ, who knew what I was going through, that re-built me spiritually. So reading of Epaphras’ tireless prayers for his brethren, I am reminded of those unasked for, and unheard, prayers that became the unknown rock upon which I regained my balance.

All of us in the body of Christ are facing one trial after another. Our lifestyles, and the societies we live in, do not give room for us to catch our breath after one cleared hurdle before another one is erected before us. Despite the technology for instant communication, relationships are more strained and distant; we lack the time to cultivate meaningful conversations because of “time”.

But this need not concern us when we have the Holy Spirit, our instant messenger.

LEARN and APPLY: Remembering our brethren in prayer when asked is fine but to harness the diligent zeal of Epaphras to keep them close in prayer above our own needs should be our goal. In doing so we become a safety net for each of us as we balance across the tightrope of life. And should we fall; these prayers catch us from a fatal death.

Prayer Focus:
Beloved God, make my brothers and sisters in Christ strong and perfect, fully confident and wholly following Your will. Open their eyes to see the many opportunities to share the gospel of Christ and to open the eyes of the blind, in the name of our Lord, Amen.

Written by Orode Faka of @thelafamily