Wrestling in Prayer

“I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Romans 15:30).

Wrestling is hard work. It uses every bit of your strength, energy, stamina, and mental abilities (you have to strategize what the opponent’s next move is). The apostle Paul talked about wrestling in prayer. He reminded the believers in Colosse that a friend— Epaphras—was wrestling in prayer for them: 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. (Colossians 4:12)

Have you ever wrestled in prayer for someone? I wonder what that would involve? Passion? Energy? Perseverance? Spiritual warfare that goes after the enemy? Epaphras was not wrestling over a physical, tangible need, but over a spiritual one. He was praying that the Colossians would stand firm in doing all the will of God. He didn’t want wavering in their lives. “Lord, mature them. Give them full assurance of who they belong to.”

Is there someone you know who needs a prayer like that? Someone who needs you to wrestle in prayer on his or her behalf? Ask God for the ability to wrestle for him or her.

Lord Jesus, I lift up ____________________ to You. She (or he) needs a deeper awareness of who she is in Christ. Bring to her mind all she learned of You in the times she was walking closely with You. Don’t let the enemy steal what You have put within her. Lord, give me the strength, energy, passion, and discernment I need to truly wrestle in prayer for her. Amen.

–Taken from Praying like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf (Click on the title for more information on this resource).

Prayer Points
Praise God for meeting with his people in special ways through weekly worship services. Give thanks that you can continue to be with him today! Confess times of ignoring God during the weekdays. Commit yourself to a special time of worshiping God through personal devotions each day this week. Ask the Lord to remind you of his presence throughout this day.

Pray that unsaved persons around the world will see that brilliant witness of Christian leaders and glorify God. Ask God to shine clearly and consistently through you in your sphere of influence.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).