Struggle In Prayer

  by  Connor Tarter 

photo by Connor Tarter (CC)

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. – Colossians 4:12

Brothers and Sisters, can your prayer life be compared to Epaphras’s? Do you love Christ Jesus? If you do then you will love His people (read 1 John). If you love fellow Christians then do you think enough of them to pray for them? The spiritual battles…the advancing of Christ’s Kingdom will be done on our knees first and foremost.

You don’t have enough time? What kind of love is that?

Epaphras was always struggling on the behalf of the church of Colossae. He poured his heart and soul into his petitioning of his Father in Heaven. He was like Jacob wrestling with God and not letting go until his Father blessed him. Do you pray like that? Do you wrestle with God?

Are you struggling in your prayer closet on behalf of those in your church, your pastor, the missionaries that your church supports?

Are you crying out to God that souls be saved and that His Kingdom would continue to advance against the spiritual forces of darkness?

Are you praying for fellow Christians that they would grow more Christ-like?

Are you praying that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit and a knowledge of His will so that they can walk in a manner worthy of Christ Jesus and be pleasing to Him?

Are you praying for God to give you strength to go proclaim the Gospel…to hand out those tracts…that eyes be opened so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ Jesus the Lord?

Brothers and Sisters, now is the time for earnest prayer; pouring out our hearts to our Father in Heaven for revival and spiritual awakening. Do you want to see souls saved in your community and around this globe? Do you want to see lives changed? Do you want to see Christ Jesus magnified in your life and the life of your church? Do you want to see your children saved and used mightily by God? THEN PRAY…PRAY…PRAY!

And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:58

—Pastor Jeff Parks

Sanctification

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. – Ezekiel 36:27

Election is always to sanctification. Those whom Christ chooses out of mankind, He chooses not only that they be saved, but that they may bear fruit, and that it can be seen. All other election beside this is a mere vain delusion and a miserable invention of man. Where there is no visible fruit of sanctification, we may be sure there is no election. – J. C. Ryle

Babies Are Murdered Here – Video

Although this video rightfully calls those that actively participate in abortion (including the mother) murderers, it proclaims hope and forgiveness that is only found in Jesus Christ. This is a call to the professing Christian church to act like Christians. Out of a love for God we are to love others by proclaiming to everyone the truth of the Gospel. For only through the message of the Gospel will hearts be transformed by the Holy Spirit to see the sinfulness of sin and the holiness of God. This is a sad and sobering video but watch it anyway. May the Lord use it for His glory and the salvation of souls and babies.

Thank you to Crown Rights Media

Beautiful Eulogy – Instruments of Mercy

Beautiful Eulogy - Instruments of Mercy cover art

Beautiful Eulogy – Instruments of Mercy

Beautiful Eulogy released their second album this week entitled Instruments of Mercy. Their first album Satellite Kite was my first introduction to them. On this new release, as with their first, they stand out as a group of very talented artists. Their lyrics are carefully written to adhere faithfully to the Word of God yet are crafted into poetic harmony. There is a sense that the words that are spoken are of utmost importance because they are delivered with clarity and urgency. Underneath the lyrics, flow melodies and subtle beats that compliment without overpowering the message. Please give them a listen and be edified. They are from the label Humble Beast where you can find other very talented artists.