Get on Your Knees and Fight Like a Man
The lyrics in the chorus was:Get on your knees and fight like a man, You’ll pull down strongholds if you just believe you can. Your enemy will tuck his tail and flee; get on your knees and fight like a man!
Several years ago, a pastor I worked with made this comment about prayer: “It’s one of the most powerful weapons we have, but also one of the most neglected.” Indeed, prayer is powerful, because the God to whom we pray is the Almighty.
Wrestling in Prayer?
Have you ever felt like you wrestled in prayer?
If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital after a major car wreck, you probably have.
Or a close relative just diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Or if you were in intense pain.
The Apostle Paul talked about someone who wrestled in prayer, but it wasn’t over any physical illness (not that it would be wrong). Here’s what he wrote in Colossians 4:12 —
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. (NIV)
Epaphras was also in prison, as Paul was. And Paul said that Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the people in Colossae. What he prayed for convicts me.
Our Earnest Prayers
What do you pray hard for? Of course, our family prays earnestly for our daughter to be healed from cancer. Pain brings those intense prayers.
I just spoke at a youth retreat in Panama City Beach, FL. One of the passages I taught from was Matthew 9:35-38. This is when Jesus went through all the towns and villages in Capernaum healing all their sicknesses. But when the Messiah saw the spiritual brokeness of the multitudes, Matthew says He was “moved with compassion.”
Jesus’ next words to His disciples? You guessed it: PRAY. It was the spiritual sickness that moved our Savior emotionally. Not the physical sickness. Sure, He cares about our physical sickness very much, but His greatest concern is that we trust in and walk with Him.
He charged his disciples to pray that God would send more laborers into the world to bring spiritual healing to broken people. And that spiritual healing only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the people in Colossae to become mature in their relationship with Jesus.
Wrestling in prayer is striving as in the agony of a contest.
What happens in a major foot race? Sweat. Tears. Pain. Adrenaline. Expectancy. Agony. Enthusiasm.
Are your prayers limited to before meals and bedtime? Do you agonize over the spiritual brokenness of people the way you would over the dire physical illness of a loved one?
As Christ is passionate for people, may we be.
And may we wrestle in prayer for the lostness of the world–specifically those in our circle of influence!
May we wrestle in prayer for the spiritual maturity of those within our churches.
May we wrestle in prayer for those persecuted for their faith.
May we wrestle in prayer for our pastors and church leaders to continue to walk in purity and integrity.
Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons. May we never neglect it!
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