THE CONFLICT CONTINUES

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh.”    Colossians 2:1 NKJV

 

The Christian who perseveres in prayer must be assured of opposition from the hosts of spiritual wickedness in high places. On the other hand, we may be sure that Satan scarcely troubles himself with the believer or congregation who neglects or pushes aside prayer time because of busyness. Prayer is not just about solicitude, but a struggle, not merely anxiety but activity. Bishop Moule says: “Prayer is never meant to be indolently easy, however simple, and reliant it may be. It is meant to be an infinitely important transaction between God and man. And therefore, very often when subjects and circumstances call for it, it has to be viewed as a work involving labour, persistency, conflict, if it would be prayer indeed” (Colossian Studies, p. 124). The question for us is whether this is our idea of prayer, or are we merely playing at prayer, and not treating it seriously enough. If we know what is it to have “great conflict” in prayer, how blessed we are. If we do not, we may well ask the Lord to search our hearts and change our mindset concerning prayer. Has the Holy Spirit been moving you to work/labour in prayer?

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, search our hearts and change our mindset concerning prayer.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, if we know what it is to have “great conflict” in prayer, how blessed are we. If not, will You search our hearts and change our mindset concerning prayer. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Ephesians 1:15-23

 

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