Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 1:9 (NLT)
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.
In Paul we see both a true Pastor’s heart and the heart of a prayer warrior. He tells the Roman Christians that he prays for them “day and night,” which is literally “without ceasing.” This shows his total dependence upon God and a whole-hearted belief that prayer changes things, but also a sense that prayer is a way of life. As Martin Luther said, “As it is the job of the cobbler to mend shoes, so it is the job of the Christian to pray.” When we pray, like Paul, we acknowledge that we are totally dependent upon God for everything. When he prayed for them he did not pray for God to meet their physical needs, for he assumed God would meet those, but rather he focused on them having a deeper relationship with the Lord and with one another. When we pray, all too often we present God with a grocery list that we want him to fill. We want his to do this, give me that, or heal them. Not that these are bad or things that we shouldn’t pray for and about. However, we tend to lose our focus on what really matters – spiritual things! What is the focus of your prayers today?