Paul’s Prayer (Romans 1:8)

I’ve been thinking a lot about Apostle Paul and the prayers he opens his letters with. How does he pray? Who does he pray for? What significance do his prayers have? I don’t know if there are answers to each of these questions for each of his prayers, but I do believe there is something to be gained from them.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Romans 1:8 (NIV)


Yesterday, a friend told me a story about how a mutual acquaintance had prayed for her at a writer’s conference. I immediately became overwhelmed with gratitude. You see, I wanted to be in the position to pray with my friend, to pray with several of my friends, but I was unable to be there in person. God is so faithful. While I prayed at home, God moved someone else to grab hold of my friend and pray for her, and then other things began to happen and are still happening as we are finding out.

This is not the first story I heard and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I praise God for those willing to step up and pray for others, for those whose faith is so much a part of them that praying and sharing Jesus is first nature.

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