Paul, in the final chapters of his magnum opus on theology to the Romans, gets a bit personal. He reminisces regarding his past ministry; he outlines his travel plans; heencourages his readers to support him monetarily; and then he asked his readers to join him in prayer:
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. May the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Romans 15:30-33)
Within this prayer there are three short petitions.
First, Paul requests prayer for safety. He is certain to face obstacles and dangers, and he…
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