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Strive In Prayer For Me
6/4/2015

Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, Romans 15:30 (NKJV)

In his letter to the Roman Church, Paul asked his fellow believers to strive together with him in prayer.  Paul was asking other Christians to pray for himself personally.  Paul knew the power of prayer and regularly wrote to encourage believers to hold fast and to be fervent about it (James. 5:16).  And we can see a great example of this in the book of Romans as Paul starts by mentioning how he also prays for them.  

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers Romans 1:9 (NKJV)

Often times we will hear others asking us for prayer, but when is the last time someone has asked you “Will you strive in prayer for me?”  The phrase “strive together” used in Romans 15:30 comes from the Greek word, “Sunagonizomai,” which is an intensified form of “Agonizomai,” which means to struggle or fight, and it is where we get our English word agonize from.  This term was originally used to describe the intensity of athletic events such as boxing, or gymnastics. 

So we have now have a proper picture of what Paul was asking his fellow believers to really do on his behalf — “Agonize in battle with me as you pray for me.”  But this begs the question,

Q:         Whom or what are we battling against when we pray? 

Ultimately, all prayer is our way of battling the evil of the enemy, and the sin we are dealing with, but often times we will find the opponent we have to face in our battle of prayer is our old self.  We can clearly see Paul speaking of this earlier in his letter to the Roman church.

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7:23 (NKJV)

Q:         What can we learn from this and apply to our Christian walk?

We can better understand how important prayer is in our life as a primary weapon against the evils of Satan.  We can acknowledge our responsibility to utilize prayer for the battles others are facing, and for our own trials.  We can comprehend the seriousness of the war we are continually in, and we can be more committed to help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. 

I want to encourage you today to think and pray upon these things.  I would also ask for you to strive in prayer for me — that God would give me great strength and wisdom.  Choose to enter the battle today and utilize the most powerful weapon imaginable.  Let’s strive together in prayer.

…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 6:18, how often should we be praying?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying about everything or just a few things?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Commit to praying more today.  Ask God who you can lift up in prayer as well.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for prayer.  Thank You for allowing me to come to You, both for others and for myself.  Help me to see the opportunities to pray for others today.  Lord, I lift up all those who will be reading this devotional, and ask for Your blessings and provisions upon their lives today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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