Tony Dungy, a beloved Super Bowl-winning coach is known for his uncommon character. He is a great coach, dad, spouse, mentor and has written a daily devotional book “The Uncommon Life.”
Today’s devotion, interestingly enough for my own personal journey, was about people “wrestling in prayer” for one another.
Colossians 4:12 “Epaphrase, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus . . . is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”
Dungy uses the example of being “all in” which I think is most interesting, since that was the sermon on Sunday.
He shared a story about when he was a freshman at the Unv. Of Minnesota and he lived in the same dorm as two of the NCAA wrestling champs. He said they were two of the “toughest” guys he knew and he observed how to be in a wrestling match you had to be “all in.” In order to win, you had to put yourself all in for the entire time (3 2-minute periods) and you could not do it halfway. Half-way performance ALWAYS equaled defeat.
If you look at the second part of the verse . . . “may stand firm in all the will of God” . . . that infers a choice as well. It doesn’t say “you will stand firm.” The decision to stand and live in the will of God requires action on our part. I believe, with all my heart and soul, that our ability to stand firm, especially when we face the huge waves that life throws, comes from being surrounded by prayer!!!!!!
Take a few minutes to tell the folks that you know who are surrounding you with prayer “thank you!” Because we believe that God hears our prayers! Grace and Peace, Andrea