First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 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.
Paul had never been to Rome and had never met in person the people who made up the Christian church in Rome but he knew them by reputation, and it was a good one. Two things to note here: Paul’s gratitude runs through Jesus; it’s Jesus centered. When I want to be grateful, I am thankful to Jesus for you! Paul seems to have had “prayer lists”, he knew and prayed for a lot of people and places, Rome and the Christians in Rome were always on the list. Who is always on your prayer list?
PS. If you haven’t done so already, check out this great summary of Romans at https://thebibleproject.com/explore/romans/ (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Flick on a news site on your phone or computer and pray for a situation that is evolving today and the people involved.