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Standing in the Gap

Do you know a person who has a powerful and effective prayer life? These people seem to know what, when and how to pray. Truth is: God has called us all to pray. James 5:16 says that the fruit of a person who loves Jesus consists of being open and honest with other believers and being willing to pray for them. God says that the prayers of such a person are powerful and effective.

In closing his letter to the Colossians, Paul mentions one of their own brothers, Epaphras, who constantly “wrestles” in prayer for his friends back home. Not only is he busy at prayer, but he fights for them in prayer. His love for his brothers and sisters in Christ compelled him to stand against the darkness that was opposing them. He prayed that they would love Jesus more and more and that they would stand firmly in their faith.

The more we fall in love with Jesus, the more we will be open toward others and compelled to pray for those around us. For example, becoming a part of a small group is a great way to experience this. Here, we can learn to fight for other’s faith, have hope for them, and love them through prayer.This attitude of prayer is called “standing in the gap.” Be willing to stand firm in your own faith and for those you love!

Reflect:

  • Think of those God has put in your path. How can you stand in the gap for them in prayer?
  • What is one thing you can do today to have a more powerful and effective prayer life?
  • Is your next step to become a part of a small group in your area? Click here to get plugged in!

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