In this passage Paul is writing to the Romans about how much he wants to come and see them, but he hasn't been able to yet. He is thankful to God that their faith is being proclaimed in all the world.
When thinking about how we can pray for the church, we can look at Paul’s example. It is important to first understand the attitude with which we have to approach the church.
I think one of the most important things about how Paul prays for the church is how he starts with thanking God for everyone in the church. When we pray for the church, we should position ourselves to be thankful for the people that are in it and what God is doing there. We want to partner with God to see that his people are supported and loved, because thats what He calls us to do and how we can serve Him.
There are people in the Church that may not be getting prayer, and you can be the person that is rallying with and for them.
How can you support and pray for those around you today? How can we work with God to fully partner with what he is doing in the church?
The easiest way to do that is to partner through prayer. He wants to hear what we have to say!
When we celebrate others and make a point to walk with them through life, we then help each other grow in faith and knowledge. Being a part of community is so essential and important to our walk with God, because we do get to help each other and learn through what others have experienced with Jesus.
How can you encourage someone today in their walk with Jesus? How can we walk through life with the people around us to help each other grow?
Thank you Jesus for walking beside me and partnering with me in my life. Thank you for the people around me, for those who help me in my faith and who really fight for me. Father I ask that I can begin to support those around me just as you do, that I may be able to radiate who you are through my actions towards others. Show me people that I can partner with to get closer to you.
Author | Kourtney Axelberg