Saturday, December 7

“Our church”

Scripture: Colossians 1-4

Colossians 4:12–13 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.

Observation

Near the end of his letter to the Colossian church, Paul adds several personal comments, including this one about Epaphras, who was “one of you” (a member of the Colossae church).  He was “always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God.”  Epaphras was praying for his church!  

Of course, there was only one church in Colossae, unlike today when we have so many in any community.  

Epaphras was also praying for the churches in Laodicea and Hierapolis, neighboring cities to Colossae.

 

Application

I pray regularly for Life Center.  I pray less regularly for our daughter and granddaughter churches, and still less for other churches.  But today, as I began to pray for “our church”, I was struck that “our church” is all of us believers in Spokane—the church of Spokane in all its various forms.  Like Epaphras, I’m to “wrestle in prayer” for “my church”—it’s just much bigger than I usually think.  

So today, I expanded my prayer to include all the churches in Spokane, and I prayed through Colossians 3, verse by verse, for “my church”—the church in Spokane.  It was good!

Prayer: Thanks Lord for the reminder that “my church” includes every believer in Spokane, and the call to “wrestle in prayer” for my church.