About Me

My name is Jen Hathorn. I'm a family medicine physician. Since January 2015 I have been living in Egbe Nigeria, which is in Kogi State. I am serving at a bush hospital practicing full spectrum family medicine. I am working with an organization called World Medical Mission which is a part of Samaritan's Purse. This blog is my place to stay connected with you through stories, meditations and pictures. I hope that you enjoy reading the posts!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Epaphras

Wrestling. Ugh! That word conjures up memories of hot gymnasiums, long hours, and intense battles lasting for a few breathless minutes. My brother was a wrestler and I must admit I never really enjoyed his meets. I was bored between his matches and didn’t think the 3 minutes of grappling was worth the hours of waiting in a steamy gym that smelled like sweat. As much as I’d like to forget those events, the thought of wrestling was thrust back into my mind this weekend with a challenge that struck a cord with me. ‘Be an Epaphras - and surround yourself with Epaphras like people’. Epaphras. Who was this man? He is mentioned only a few times in the new testament, but look at the way he is described. “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured” - Colossians 4:12 (NIV). Wrestling in prayer. Imagine that! What a thought. A few breathless moments of pouring everything you have into subduing the power of the flesh, the world and the devil as you cry out to the Father of all power and might, beseeching him to move in the midst of your struggle. Victory for yourself - or for another. 

Lord make me like this prayer wrestler! And thank you for the people who have stood on my behalf in prayer! 



“Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life, for all things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives.”  - A.W. Tozer

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