- Epaphras was always wrestling in prayer for his congregation (v.12).
- Of all the ways he could have struggled, why is this behavior complimented?
- How do things change when we wrestle in prayer for our brethren?
- Epaphras prayed for them to stand firm, be mature and have assurance (v.12).
- How does his ‘prayer journal’ differ from ours?
- Why do we need to be praying for the church to grow in each of these aspects?
- Epaphras prayed so fervently that it was ‘hard work’ (v.13).
- How do the examples of Epaphras and of Jesus show us the ‘hard work’ of prayer?
- How will our example in prayer be seen as ‘hard work?’
- Epaphras also taught grace in Christ and shared news about their love (1:6-8).
- How does prayer relate to sharing the grace of God?
- How does praying affect the way we report news about the congregation?
- Epaphras’ devotion cost him his freedom (Philemon v.23).
- How much does it cost to be completely devoted to Jesus?
- What will motivate us to that level of devotion in prayer and service?
Call to action: To labor diligently in prayer for this congregation.