CONFLICT

“I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.”      Colossians 2:1 NIV

 

Although Paul was in prison he was constantly at work for his Lord, and not least of all at the work of prayer. If ever the words “to pray is to work”, were true, they were true for Paul, for to him to pray was to work with all his might. Prayer has been described as a conflict. In this verse Paul uses the words, “how hard I am contending for you”. To contend means there is a battle going on, a conflict. The same word “conflict” is associated with faith, “Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). Sometimes we hear the expression, “If you can do nothing else, you can pray”, as though prayer were the easiest of all things. As a simple fact, it is the hardest. No person knows what prayer really means unless they know what it is to “labour” in prayer. The conflict involved in prayer implies opposition – the opposing force of one who wishes above all things to check and hinder our prayers. We discern something of this opposition in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood”. Paul knew by spiritual experience that to pray was to rouse up against himself a mighty opposition, and it was this force that made his prayer such a “great conflict”. None of us, as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, should be surprised at our prayers “being hindered”. It is very evident that one of Satan’s main objectives is to get us, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to stop praying.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, as I labour in prayer, I am reminded that the battle is Yours.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as Your disciples, we should not be surprised at our prayers “being hindered”. Despite Satan’s main objective to get us to stop praying, we will pray. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Peter 2:18-21

 

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