What moves us to pray for others

Romans Bible Background

08.17.2015 New Testament: Rom 15.30–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 15.21–33 on August 17, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Paul prayed rich prayers, and I think that is because he knew what compelled him, but he also wanted others to have rich prayers. He asked the Roman Christians to pray for him,

Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you (Romans 15.30–32). 

The Lord Jesus Christ and the love of the Spirit compelled Paul to request the prayers of the Roman brethren that he might be delivered from his unbelieving Jewish brethren, and that the believers in Jerusalem would find his service for them acceptable, and that he would be able to visit the saints in Rome, and that they would refresh him as he refreshed them.

That was not a long reference to prayer, but he said much in few words.

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