Day 20: Prayer is the Right Thing
September 29, 2018
“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 (ESV)
The apostle Paul relied heavily on the prayers of the churches for his ministry. Knowing the spiritual battle that surrounded him in all those ministry endeavors, Paul urged the believers in Rome to pray for him, with specific instruction on how and what to pray as they engaged in their most strategic investment of focused intercession.
So what can we expect as we pray for our leaders in this way? Certainly, we should watch for God-ordained answers in the lives of our leaders, but we also can expect that “the God of peace be with [them] all” (Romans 15:33 ESV). As we earnestly pray for the needs and ministries of our spiritual leaders, we will come to know the God of peace and experience the peace of God in our hearts and in our midst.