Dwight L Moody had a practical mind that never let a meeting get out of hand. Long public prayer particularly irritated him. Once he told his song leader, Sankey, “Lead us in a hymn while our brother is finishing his prayer.” (George Sweeting - in his book “Who Sai … More
Too often we view prayer as a time for comfort, reflection, or making our requests known to God. But in verse 30 Paul urges believers to join in his struggles by means of prayer. Prayer is also a weapon in all believers’ armor as we intercede for others who join in the fight against Satan.
Before closing his letter Paul wanted to challenge the believers in Rome how they could become partners with him in the great task of evangelizing the world. He appeals to the Roman Christians to support him in prayer as he faces dangers before he comes to them. His requests are as follows:
We can see from these requests that Paul was deeply concerned that the offering he had taken among the Gentiles would be received by the Jewish Christians in the right spirit and distributed properly. There were many who marked him as a traitor to the Jewish cause because he had taken the Gospel to the Gentiles. Perhaps he was afraid they might not accept the offering because it was given by the Gentiles. Unfortunately, there were still Jews who opposed the taking of the message of grace to the Gentiles, and who wanted the Gentiles to become Jews.
If everything went smoothly, then Paul said he could go to them “with joy” and “be refreshed” (v. 32). Much more can be accomplished for Christ in our ministry if these two ingredients (prayer and support) are present.
How well informed am I about world needs and world missions? What are some things I could do to increase my interest and knowledge of these? Perhaps I or my family could adopt at least one missionary on each continent that I could pray for and support. By communicating with them I’m sure I will have more interest and knowledge about missions around the world.
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Romans 12:1-8Christ Brings New Life
Romans 12:9-16Rules For Christian Living
Romans 12:17-21Repay No One Evil For Evil
Romans 13:1-7Submit to Government
Romans 13:8-10Love Your Neighbor
Romans 13:11-14The Day When Christ Returns
Romans 14:1-6The Law of Liberty
Romans 14:7-12Alive or Dead it Must be For The Lord
Romans 14:13-23How Our Attitude Spreads to Others
Romans 15:1-2Please Others And Not Yourself
Romans 15:3-13The Good News is For Jews And Gentiles
Romans 15:14-19Paul’s Work as a Missionary
Romans 15:20-29Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
Romans 15:30-33Paul Requests Prayer For The Ministry
Romans 16:1-16Paul Sends Greetings to Friends And Churches
Romans 16:17-20Avoid Devisive People
Romans 16:21-27Paul’s Closing Prayer