Colossians 4:12-13 (NLT)
12 Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. 13 I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
The apostle Paul writes about Epaphras, a member of the church of Colossae. Paul says Epaphras sends his greetings and that he is always earnestly praying for those in the church. Then Paul mentions what Epaphras prays for: that God will make them strong; that God will make the perfect; and that God will make them confident they are following God’s will. Paul even says that he prays hard for them and for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Our desire in life should be to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. It should also be our desire, as it was Epaphras’s, that others follow the will of God. And we should be willing to pray diligently and earnestly to understand God’s will for our life and also pray for others that God’s will may be done in their lives. Recently the news has been creating controversy over Governor Palin saying she wanted to see God’s will done. In an interview with Charley Gibson, Palin rebuted, “But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. That's what that comment was all about, Charlie.” And that is what we want to ensure when it comes to God’s will. We want to pray to understand what God would have us to do and not act out of our own will. God is a loving, gracious, and merciful God. To know God and His will means we know who to correctly show our love, mercy and grace to others because we understand how God wants to do the same. We can’t assume what God wants, nor can we make judgment for Him. But to know God’s desire is to know the path for our life.