Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Today’s Reading: Romans 15

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The Roman Colosseum was commissioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. It was completed by his son, Titus, in 80. The Colosseum is located just east of the Roman Forum and was built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing easy access to 55,000 spectators, who were seated according to rank. The Colosseum is huge, measuring 188m long and 156m wide. Originally, 240 masts were attached to stone corbels on the 4th level to provide shade. Vespasian ordered the Colosseum to be build on the site of Nero’s palace, to dissociate himself from the hated tyrant. His aim was to gain popularity by staging deadly combats of gladiators and wild animal fights for public viewing. Massacre was on a huge scale: at inaugural games in AD 80, over 9,000 wild animals were killed. It is believed that many Christians were martyred there.

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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. Our Crossroads ministry prayer partners are available 24/7. Call 1-866-273-4444 for prayer! 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 may have said to us through His inspired Word!


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 going to Spain. You’ve spoken to me to keep a vision for the future. By the working of Your Spirit in me, I pray for an obedient response on my part. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!


I need your prayers. Thank you to those who’ve let me know that they are praying for me! I believe that God is saying “Yes” to those prayer requests. While I seldom get to answer individually the letters, e-mails, and blog comments, I do read prayerfully every communication sent to me. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

Paul mentioned Spain twice in our reading. Crossroads also has a vision for Spain and the whole world. Back in 1992, we sponsored a soul-winning Pavilion at Spain’s World Expo. We saw over 53,000 first-time decisions for Christ recorded. These precious people signed up for a Bible correspondence course and were followed-up around the world by Scripture Union. Here’s another prayer, “Lord Jesus, would you let Paul know about this Crossroads mission 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 continue to make our many outreaches possible by giving so faithfully and generously. Let’s rally around our 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,


19 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  1. Thank you Sah for your prayers and thoughts, from yesterday. May God richly bless you and all who follow this blog.
    I believe there is power when two or three ( or more) get together because Jesus is in our midst. Wishing everyone a truly Blessed day Eleanor M.

  2. Thank you for today and each day of this hi octane words of life. I love the level of faith tell Paul. We should live in a level 10 out of 10 faith. We will be able to tell Jesus our joy and love for our walk with the gifts He has given us each day we walk with Him.

  3. A tiny retired school teacher,treasurer of her church until 2-3 yr ago,turns 100 today.She (Dorthy Dixon) is a very Godly woman and is temporarily in a nursing home while her daughter is recovering from brest cancer surgery.Her daughter had to leave her family 4 yr ago in Ontario to come here to look after her.Please pray for them.We will be spending time visiting today.Thanks and may God bless.
    Catch The Fire (4 David Mainse)

    Though you have walked many oceans
    And spread My word to many nations,
    I saw in you and your devotions
    A servant of joyous exhalations.

    You have not asked for earthly wealth,
    But just to be my most humble voice
    And when adversity was kept in stealth
    You still worshiped Me out of free choice.

    So out of free choice I give you
    More time upon the stage of learning,
    Whereby My word you show to be true
    And catch the fire that’s forever burning.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / 01 February, 2014


    We discuss our faith and proclaim it,
    We pray for God to make it stronger
    And we sometimes feel we shame it
    But we should feel that way no longer.

    We speak of faith as a possession
    But it is a fruit we must nurture,
    And never should it be an obsession,
    Like someone waiting on the rapture.

    Now do you ever stop to ponder,
    That Jesus had such grand faith in man,
    For His Father living up yonder,
    Could have removed us all from His plan.

    So praise the faith of our Lord Jesus
    For the easy road would set Him free,
    But He bled the blood that e’er frees us:
    There’s no greater faith than such as He.
    G W(Bill) Marshall /28 June, 2014

    • Thanks Bill. I have not had internet; got to the library so am posting from here, now. Hopefully it will get back up at my place, within the week. God bless you, too!!

  4. Amen to today’s prayer and scripture. We are so blessed by the life and testimony of the Apostle Paul. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord, our God. Stay safe in the snow; we are getting hit here, today.

    Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10 ESV

    Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin

  5. Amen Lynda and to all the posts. Good to see you here Beverlee. David Mainse left us a great legacy with his witness to Canada and the world and his writing this blog. I was so happy the day he started this and keeps us focused on the Word and Jesus, the Word. So much happening in the world now, the US, Kenya, Syria today, England. So sad the suffering happening and we need to pray. Amen?

  6. Sah hello this is Marilyn texting you I’m just wondering you say you have a sleep disorder and I’m just wondering if you are under the care of a psychiatrist and are on meds and does he or she recommend that it is okay for you to go to bed at 4 in the morning and get up at 12 in terms of treatment is this acceptable to your doctor and is it okay as part of their treatment to you I have tried texting you a few times now and have not received a response so could you please respond this time thank you very much and God bless

    • Hi Marilyn
      My sleep pattern is perfectly ok! I am nocturnal! Thousands of people have the same, it works very well for me, it all happened one night 4 years ago, and like I said it works for me…..I sleep a good solid 8 hours and that is very good!
      I am aware of some people who go to sleep at 6 p.m. and wake up at 2:30 a.m. They have had this pattern for many years and it works for them also….
      My situation just happened over night but I am ok……I can do anything from 3 p.m. on… I swim, go to Bible study and to choir and now that it is getting warmer I can attend to some gardening…
      I am very thankful to God for all this……I pray others are thankful and in good health………
      I enjoy this prayer site and I enjoy the links to music and enjoy hearing from others May God grant each and every one a very blessed week amen

  7. So good to receive this blog daily, thank you David; Thank you Mainse family for posting it.
    The responses from all bloggers, so good to unite in thought; thank you for sharing your thoughts and needs!
    Have a blessed day!

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