Invisible Battle

Scripture: Colossians 4:12 describes a faithful Christian who did battle for his friends who were far away: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.”

The air force warehouse worker drives the forklift, lifting the missiles into the belly of the airplanes. But he may never see the airplane fly over enemy territory. He may never see the missile fly into enemy territory, winning a victory for his country.

The writer diligently publishes the work God placed on her heart and may never see the woman reading her words across the ocean, with tears in her eyes, recommitting her life to God because of the writer's faithfulness.

The kind person in the drive through that pays for the meal for the next person may never know that person had been praying for weeks for a sign that God cared about them and that very small act of kindness was a beacon of light.

Even though we may never see the success, our actions are important for someone's victory. No matter how insignificant your life may seem, you are playing a critical role in battles that our natural eyes cannot see.

In the same way, we offer our prayers from the solitude of our own homes. We may feel that our prayers never go further than the ceiling of our houses. But in reality, our prayers are far-reaching. They win victories that we never see. Our prayers can hit targets of enemy strongholds, even on the other side of the world. Even if you never see the effects of your prayers, don’t stop offering them!

Challenge: Start a journal of prayer requests. As you pray diligently, mark the ones that God has answered!

Even if you don’t ever hear the details of how your prayers were answered, you can trust in him. He is working, even when you don’t see it!

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