I Remember You in My Prayers—Romans 1:8-10
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” (Romans 1:8-10)
Imagine being a part of a community that was famous around the world because of its active faith. It’s interesting the Romans did not have a previous visit from one of the Apostles. After the persecution broke out in Jerusalem and the true believers fanned out, they spread the gospel everywhere. They made it as far as Rome and their church was thriving, and soon reports of their faith made it back to Paul.
When we can recognize the way God is working in others, we will see how He’s working in us
One of Paul’s main goals in life was to visit Rome for mutual encouragement (Rom. 1:11-12). Paul was actively praying for an opportunity to go, but later in this letter he explains why he hadn’t been able to come (Rom. 15:20-22). He was hindered because there were many places in between that needed the gospel, which delayed his trip.
Amazingly, Paul reveals a bit of his passionate nature in midst of his waiting, “I remember you in my prayers at all times.” Paul is simply reminding the Romans that, in the same way he serves the Lord wholeheartedly, this is the same way he remembers them in prayer. He thanks God for them and their faith and asks that the way be opened for him to come.
We can learn much from Paul. Today, if you want to pray for people and do not know where to start, then start thanking God for their faith and what He is doing in their lives. When we can recognize the way He is working in others, we will see how He’s working in us and then find mutual encouragement through these things.
Original article published May 7, 2009.