"Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God." - Colossians 4:12 NASB I don't know about you but I want to be the kind of friend that others really want. Not just someone to hang out with or "shoot the breeze" as they say, but also the kind of friend that wants the absolute best for those around me. Epaphras, the man we read about, was just this kind of friend. As a native of Colossae, and most likely the cause of the church's existence, he was the guy who took the church issues to the Apostle Paul. Epaphras took such care of the church that he essentially put his own life on hold. His friendship to me, however, is best described in what we read today, "always laboring... in prayer." The act as well as the content of those prayers reveals the deepest level of friendship. Paul tells us that Epaphras prays for the people to 1. "stand perfect" and 2. "be assured" BOTH "in all the will of God." You see a true friend wants others to stand perfect in the will of God. They want their friends to walk confidently in God's will, and to do so at the best level possible. Likewise, a true friend wants others to be assured of God's will. Each of us knows what it feels like to live in the unknown. But we also know what it's like to live with great assurance. A true friend wants others to experience that great assurance also. Today, think about your friends. Spend time praying for them. Not just any prayer though. Pray that they would stand perfect and be assured in God's will. This will make you the kind of friend others truly want! Questions to Consider: Do you have friends that deeply want what is best for you? Friends that are praying for you? Are you this kind of friend? Why or why not?