“Epaphras, who is one of you, says hello. What a trooper he has been! He’s been tireless in his prayers for you, praying that you’ll stand firm, mature and confident in everything God wants you to do.” Colossians 4:12
When I was 47 years old, I experienced two separate occasions of perforated ulcers in my stomach. After the second occurrence, the doctors did a special x-ray of my stomach and detected material (food) outside the stomach wall. Two thirds of my stomach was removed, and I took heavy antibiotics to cure an infection in the gut. Then I developed C. diff, a bacterial that causes serious diarrhea. After two weeks, I became weaker and felt as if I might never be well again.
I remembered a woman from a former church I attended who talked about her prayer warriors and the miracles God had performed. I called her, told her my situations, and said, “I need you and your prayer warriors to help me get better.” Within two days, I was nearly symptom free and feeling whole again. I’d been off work three months and asked my doctor, “Can I go back to work?” He said, “Ask me again next week.” I did ask, and I did go back to work.
I will never know if God heard the warriors’ prayers or if the illness had just ran its course. Regardless, it was comforting to know when I needed someone to pray, I knew they were trooper–like Apostle Paul’s friend, Epaphras.
Thank you for intercessory prayer, Lord. Amen.