"Brothers, my hearts desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved." Romans 10:1
More important than ‘what’s in your wallet’ is ‘what is in your heart?’ Whatever is in your heart will not only affect your speech, but also your service. Paul the Apostle was effective in affecting multitudes because in his heart there was a yearning to see his people experience spiritual salvation. Ironically, God sends him to the Gentiles. I believe God could trust him, so he entrusted him before he thrusted him out. Smile!
Paul’s prayer: “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). His biblical instruction always had a TWO-FOLD OBJECTIVE. First, it’s a message of hope to those living a hopeless life. Second, it’s a message for growth directed to those living as followers of Jesus Christ. The first has to do with new life, while the second has to do with a new lifestyle. One has to do with numerical growth, while the other with spiritual growth or maturity. Both are essential for healthy kingdom church growth.
Paul was motivated to pray and work for TWO REASONS. First, he saw a people with a ‘wrong belief’ system. The text reads: “For I testify about them that they have a zeal, but not in accordance with knowledge’ (Romans 10:2). Second, they were ignoring God’s Word and Christ’s Work. “For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (v.3) *(v.21). It’s a fact. If you believe wrong, most likely you’ll live wrong. What Paul saw bothered him. What do you see? And what’s in you heart?
We must never ignore the fact that individuals without Jesus Christ are spiritually blind and spiritually controlled by the devil (Acts 26:16-18). This has always been part of Satan’s strategy (2 Corinthians 4:4). And how effective the devil is! Multitudes dwell in spiritual darkness. So we must pray and work. Our God is able! (Ephesians 3:20).
Be encouraged! As believers in Jesus Christ we have TWO WEAPONS (10:1,4)
1. The powerful weapon of Prayer. “...my prayer to God…” (v.1)
Prayer is communication between God and the believer. It’s a two-way street. God speaks to us via His living Word and we respond with our own words or lives.
Prayer has the potential to develop ‘in us’ passion for God and compassion for man. You’ll more likely*see what He sees; *hear what He hears; *love what He loves if you communicate with Him. And the last time we checked, He loves the whole world (John 3:16).
Prayer grants you greater understanding. Illumination or spiritual light brings greater insight. You discover God is ‘Mighty God’, ‘Eternal Father’, ‘Prince of Peace’, ‘Wonderful Counselor’, ‘Shepherd of our souls’, ‘God Creator’, and truths comes upon us. And we began to bask in the sunshine of His glory.
Prayer grants you a ‘solid inner life’ and a ‘stable outer walk’. He is good!
2. The powerful weapon of the Gospel (10:4). Gospel means good news. "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes".
This is powerful news because it is good news. The gospel is life changing news. It has power to ‘change your destiny’, to change your mind’, to change your heart, to affect your body, to heal the broken and on and on. It gives you the courage to say, ‘I am not ‘ashamed’ of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and also the devotion to not be ‘a shame’ to the gospel (2 Corinthians 6:3). More to come!
Posted on Fri, August 14, 2015
by Sam Petitfils