When was the last time you had a similar request like this one from Paul the Apostle? Paul was literally begging the brethren through the Lord Jesus Christ to strive “together” with him in prayers. It was not a plea for the brethren to pray for him but to strive “together” with him. The word strive used here means “to contend” or “to labour fervently” together with him. So while they were striving and contending for him, he was also striving and contending for himself.
We operate a spiritual culture today whereby significance is no longer placed on the prevailing powers of corporate prayers, we have entrusted prayers into the hands of the prayer team or the so called prayer warriors while we get on with other important things. Hear this, “Nothing is as important in the life of any individual Christian or a Church than prayers”. Absolutely nothing!
We need to strive together in prayers for the word of God we teach and preach to run swiftly, we need to strive together in prayers for God’s will to be done on earth. If we must see change in our world today, the brethren MUST be striving together. God honours the corporate prayers of the saints. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray …” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane before his death asked His disciples to watch (strive) with Him in prayers.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He needed them like Paul needed the brethren in Rome to strive together in prayer to God for the will God the Father to be accomplished. Friends, we need faithful believers who we can together strive for the will of God to be made manifest in our culture, communities, towns, cities and nations in this generation.
Stand up and be counted!
God bless you.