Prayer 2

Don’t just say you will.

Do it, pray for others.

Don’t try and get to your dreams and destinations without prayer.

If you don’t know if someone is praying for you, then do something about it. Ask someone to pray for you.

“Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favourably received by the Lord’s people there” (Romans 15 v 31)

He is carrying the money collected from his journeys for the poor in Jerusalem. He is a target not only because of that but because of the gospel.

What is on your path? What is in front of you? It is not safe enough not to have someone praying for you. Paul knew what he needed prayer for. He was specific. The unbelievers made it unsafe for him. Those gospel planters in unsafe places know the power of prayer. They always have. The great missionary William Carey, who embarking on taking the gospel to India, looked at the small team around him and said, “Well, I will go down into the pit, if you will hold the rope.” We all need someone to hold the rope for us as we venture forward.

Paul isn’t done he also has concerns for when he arrives into the Jerusalem Church. Will they receive this gracious gift from the Gentiles? He knows that there are still some who are prejudiced towards the Gentiles. He sees this gift as being a great opportunity of a demonstration of oneness in Christ.

So putting this altogether. He sees his visit to Jerusalem as being really important for the body of Christ. If the unbelievers prevent it happening or if the believers do not accept the gift then his hope and desire will come to an end. He needs prayer!

What about you? What is ahead of you? Who is praying? Are you asking?

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