Colossians 4:12-13 (AMP)
Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading] that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual growth], convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.
For I bear him testimony that he has labored hard in your behalf and for [the believers] in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.
Epaphras was consistently praying for the believers he was associated with. As Paul describes what Epaphras was praying about it shows us how we should pray for the church. We need the Body of Christ to stand firm and grow up spiritually, and to stay convinced and fully assured in everything that is God’s will. It also shows us what we need as members of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Church must be strong to accomplish the task set out for us by the Lord. So as part of our prayers let us include our brothers and sisters and trust God to work in all of us so that we will become all He intended while we complete our mission on earth.