A Verse-By-Verse study through Romans
In the opening verses of the letter, Paul introduces himself to the believers in Rome. Some must have known him personally, since he greets them in the final chapter. But many of them he had never met.
So, in these first 17 verses, Paul links himself to his Roman readers in three ways:
- He Presented His CREDENTIALS (Rom. 1:1–7)
- He Expressed His CONCERN (Rom. 1:8–15)
- He Affirmed His CONFIDENCE (Rom. 1:16–17)
Paul proceeds with a second link between himself and the believers in Rome.
Romans 1:8-10 (nkjv) 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.
Note the evidence of Paul’s concern:
1. He was thankful for them
2. He prayed for them
HOW TO PRAY FOR OTHERS
1. Pray for others from the heart
2. Pray for others regularly
3. Pray for others in detail
4. Pray for others with faith
5. Pray for others with love
6. Pray for others with intensity
7. Pray for others with a desire to help
8. Pray for others with occasional fasting
God designed His Church so believers can grow as a Christian family that supports each other.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (nlt) 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
The emphasis here is not on what a believer gets from the assembly, but rather what he gives – on what we can contribute to the assembly.
Let me ask you two questions:
- Are you thankful for your church family?
- Will you pray for your church family?
- If you would like to join our “prayer ministry team” text us!
- But it’s even more than that – it’s earnestly praying daily for your church family!