‘Pray for me.’ I’ll often reply, ‘What would you have me pray?’ We need others praying for us. All of us do! But how do you know what to pray? Paul asked that others pray for him to “be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea…” I’m confident they prayed. But, God said “no” to their prayer request. Paul was attacked and arrested. In a way, he was rescued because they did not kill him.
Even the great Apostle Paul asked others to pray for something that wasn’t in the will of God. In another twist in God’s response, Paul did visit the Romans! However, he was in chains. Not exactly what he had in mind when he referred to visiting with them “in joy by the will of God…”
What do we learn from this prayer request? First, we need to enlist the prayers of other people. Second, be specific in the request. Third, always submit your prayer and request to the will of God. Fourth, when God says “no”, embrace God’s will. Paul went to Rome in chains but his heart was full of joy. Fifth, enjoy trusting your Heavenly Father to accomplish His will as you are faithful to Him.
“Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.” Romans 15:30-32 NASB