Summary of passages: Romans 15:30-33: Paul urges the Romans to pray for him, for his safety in Judea and for his service/offering to be accepted by the Jews in Jerusalem.
Acts 20:22-23: On Paul’s journey to Jerusalem Paul knows hardships and prison await as the Holy Spirit as given him this premonition.
13) Hardships, prison, unbelievers in Judea
14) Prayer. He believes in its power.
15) He prayed to be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that his service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there so that he can come to the Roman church with joy and refreshment.
16) Part personal Question. My answer: First century AD was a period of constant upheaval and wars in this region–both spiritual wars and physical wars. God grants peace in all of this. It’s hard to convert people to Christ when their lives are in upheavals and survival is the primary goal in mind. When our worlds are peaceful, so are our minds and therefore our minds are more open to conversion. Financial and peace with finding His will in my life.
Conclusions: We all face dangers in our lives (just not so extreme as Paul’s). What does he do? He prays and asks others for prayer while walking through the danger, which is God’s calling for Him. So must we. We must pray and ask others to pray for us in all areas in our lives, especially the upheavals. Only God can grant us peace as Paul says.
End Notes: Sensing that danger awaited him in Jerusalem (having been warned several times as recorded in Acts 20:22-23 and Acts 21:10-14), Paul knew he needed the prayers of God’s people to see him through the difficulty promised him.