Summary of passage: Paul thanks God for the Romans’ faithfulness. He says how he prays for them constantly and he prays God will allow him to visit them.
6) God through Jesus. He was grateful for the faith of the Romans.
7) Personal Question. My answer: Serving goes hand-in-hand with prayer. Prayer should be in the forefront of all of our lives and the decisions we make.
8a) He prays to be able to visit them by God’s will. Paul does visit them although as a prisoner.
b) Part personal Question. My answer: God answers prayers and it may not be in the way we envision but it’s in His way. I always ask. No matter what. If you don’t ask, God doesn’t answer (Matthew 7:7). I pray for the impossible and expect the impossible but am not disappointed if it doesn’t happen cause it is in God’s will. I have faith He’ll do His work through me.
Conclusions: Great lesson on prayer and gratitude. Paul is grateful and thankful. He prays for the prayers answered, people, and prayers he wants answers. Great prayer model!
End Notes: Paul is especially grateful because of the visibility of the Roman church. Rome remember is the most powerful place on the planet. A strong Christian community goes a long way toward the spread of the good news. In Rome, where the pagan Roman gods ruled, the Christians were strongly persecuted especially under Nero. They needed Paul’s prayers!
A lesson to us: remember to pray for your church as well!