Into Practice …

Importance of Prayer …

Romans 1:8-12 NLT

[8] Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world.

[9] God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.

[10] One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.

[11] For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord.

[12] When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

Reflection …

Let’s review the key verse to the book of Romans.

Romans 5:1 NLT
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Having peace with God means that we can communicate and commune with Him on good terms. God desires to have us come before Him in worship and prayer bringing our hopes, love and petitions at His feet.

After stating the purpose of the letter in the first verses — that because of Christ’s perfect nature and sacrifice, we are called to belong to God and be His holy people — Paul goes directly to the importance of prayer.

Paul’s prayer is gratitude to God for their faith. He prays regularly for them an desires to visit them. The purpose of the visit was spiritual in nature, to encourage them in their faith and equip them for ministry.

These two purposes are to be the focus of our petitions:

  • Thanksgiving to God
  • Prayer for their faith

Prayer is [us] cooperating with God in bringing from heaven to earth His wondrously good plans for us.

Catherine Marshall (1914–1983

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