Scriptures and Prayer
Today’s Reading: Romans 15
Key Verse: Romans 15:30
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…
If Paul, the mighty Apostle, needed prayer, how much more do we need to ask God’s people to pray for us. “Strive together” speaks of finding others with whom to pray. Prayer meetings at our churches and home prayer groups are very important. Did you notice that Paul said, “with me?" He saw his personal prayers and those of other believers as one before God’s throne of grace. In Romans 15:4 the ultimate importance of the “scriptures” is emphasized. Our readings daily are producing “patience and comfort.” The knowledge of the “scriptures” brings hope. Reading the scriptures and spending time in prayer guarantees a two-way conversation with God. Let Him talk to us first, and then respond in prayer to what He has said to us in the scriptures. After this, we may present our personal prayer requests.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, in today’s reading You have spoken to me about several matters. First of all, the importance of the scriptures and also the absolute essential practice of prayer. Please keep me faithful. You’ve also spoken to me about truly loving others, Jews and Gentiles alike. Paul mentions Spain twice. You’ve spoken to me to keep a vision for the future. By the working of Your Spirit in me, I pray an obedient response on my part. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I need your prayers. Recently, a pastor in his 80's, dropped by to pray for me. It was a great encouragement. Paul mentioned Spain twice in our reading. I also have a vision for Spain. Back in 1992, we sponsored a soul-winning Pavilion at their World Expo. “La Pabillion de la Promessa” saw over 53,000 first-time decisions for Christ recorded, signed up for a Bible correspondence course, and followed-up around the world by Scripture Union. You may Google “The Pavilion of Promise,” to learn more.