SCRIPTURES AND PRAYER
Suggested Reading: Romans 15
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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 those who believe in the God who hears and answers prayer 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 will have more faith to 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. Twice Paul mentions Spain. 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. Thank you to those who’ve let me know that they are praying for my healing. I believe that God is saying “Yes” to those prayer requests. While I’m unable to answer individually the letters, e-mails, and blog notes, I do appreciate every effort to communicate with me. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Yesterday, Rev. Ken Norcross, a Pastor in his eighties who continues to serve in a prayer leadership ministry role, dropped by to see me. He prayed fervently for me. What 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. Here’s another prayer, “Lord Jesus, would you let Paul know about this if he doesn’t already know? I believe he would be blessed to hear about this effective outreach for You in Spain. Thank You Jesus!” Thanks to all the Crossroads supporters who make many outreaches possible by giving so faithfully and generously. The current 7-channel Internet television outreach called Crossroads360.com needs prayer and support. Let’s rally around Don Simmonds, Ron Mainse, and the entire ministry team. YES LORD!!!!
Yours for paying attention to what God is saying to us as we read, and then praying for His will to be done in all things,
P.S. Remember the little boy who went to Heaven who was featured on 100 Huntley Street? Here’s a video clip of his Dad, Todd Burpo, and Jim Cantelon talking about prayer (click here). The full story is in Todd’s book “Heaven Is For Real,” which is available in our Crossroads eStore here.