“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always labour- ing fervently for you in prayers that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

 Colossians 4:12

I have often said the greatest gift God has given to us (second only to Jesus) is the Church. There are so many benefits to being not only a part of the body of Christ on the earth, but a part of a local body of believers. There is encouragement and help, friendship and fellowship in the house of the Lord with God’s people.

Not only is Jesus with us always, He has provided someone “with skin on” to walk with us through some of the most difficult times of our lives. We all need an Epaphras in our life. One of the best things about the Christian journey is that we do not have to walk it alone. Nor did God ever intend that we try to do so.

You cannot carry the burden alone; God has given us brothers and sisters in this life to help us along the way. We all come to those difficult times when we need the prayers of others. None of us are immune from life’s trials and tribulations. We have to have people in our life upon whom we can call, who will pray for us during those difficult times.

Prayer is our most effective offensive weapon and so not having others pray for us is like being in war and not putting the bullets in our gun. God gave us the tools with which to fight, and we need to use them. There is a power in prayer that is greater than anything you can imagine, prayer reaches right into the throne room of God.

We only know a bit about Epaphras, but we know he was a person who prayed for others. I want to encourage you today to have an Epaphras in your life that you can count on to pray for you. We all need special people who will stand in agreement with us to see victory over those challenges we all face in this life.

You are special, and God loves you very much. He never expected you to have to go through the tough times by yourself, so use the resources He has given you and find renewed strength to see victory in whatever battles you may be facing.

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Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

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