I love the description of Epaphras given in Colossians 4.12 by Paul. Paul says Epaphras "wrestled in his prayers to God" for the church at Colossae. Epaphras was a man of prayer, and in his prayers he kept the Christians of Colossae in mind. He was diligent in his prayers for them. He was persistent. He was passionate. May we share his spirit as we "wrestle in our prayers to God," keeping in mind each other . . . our needs, concerns, thanksgivings.
For whom do we pray? Consider these examples from prayers and teachings in Scripture.
We should pray for ourselves (Luke 18.9-14).
We should pray for one another (1 Thess. 1.2-3 & James 5.16).
We should pray for the lost (Romans 10.1).
We should pray for the sick (James 5.14-16).
We should pray for our rulers (1 Timothy 2.1-2).
We should pray for our enemies (Luke 6.27-28).
We should pray for our children (1 Chron. 29.19).
We should pray for our elders (Acts 20.36).
We should pray for preachers (Ephesians 6.19-20).
We should pray for the church (Philippians 1.9-11).