Sometimes it seems like prayer is one of the least important parts of Christian ministry. Often we fall into the trap of minimizing the value of constant prayer in favor of direct field work. But prayer in and of itself is an extremely important ministry. Read how the Apostle Paul commended one great “prayer warrior” in his letter to the Colossians:
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. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. (Colossians 4:12-13).
Epaphras took his praying seriously. He was genuinely concerned for the church at Colossi, that they would stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. He didn’t want them to slide back into sin and unbelief. So he spent a lot of time wrestling in prayer for them. This was an extremely important task. Epaphras could not be with them at the moment, but nonetheless the Apostle Paul assured them that he is working very hard for you by praying for them so faithfully. Likewise, he was also praying for the nearby churches at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
It is vital for us today to have great prayer warriors like Epaphras among us, constantly lifting up the church in prayer. I would challenge those of you who are reading this blog post to aid fellow believers in their walk with Christ by praying for them more often. Consider whether the Lord is calling you to an expanded prayer ministry, especially if there are physical, geographical barriers keeping you from carrying on other ministries.