8/22/16: Pray for Me
As Paul was closing out his letter to the church at Rome, he embarked upon a conversation about his upcoming itinerary. He tells his readers that he is going to Jerusalem to take the believers there a contribution from the Gentile Christians in Macedonia and Achaia. Paul knows, however, that there are some folks in and around Judea (that’s like the county in which Jerusalem lies) who have it in for him. So, if he plans to get to Rome after visiting Jerusalem, he’ll need somebody to have his back. Thus he writes to the Romans, “Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me” Romans 15:30 (NKJ).
Paul was serious. He says, “I beg (beseech) you…strive together with me in prayers to God for me.” Let’s break down this request.
- To beg or beseech means “to call near, invoke, and implore.”
- Paul referred to the Romans as brethren and the word he used comes from a Greek word meaning “a brother from the womb.”
- Paul asked for the Romans to “sunagonizomai.” To strive together means to struggle in company with and to be a partner or assistant.
- Then Paul asked for the prayers to be “to God” and “for me.” He was only interested in having people go to God on his behalf. Those who didn’t know God need not apply. Thinking good thoughts wasn’t good enough. He also wanted to be sure they knew they were praying specifically for him.
These are the conditions when someone says, “Pray for me.” They have reached the point at which they are begging for something and they realize every other means has been expended. They know they are in for a fight, so they are gathering reinforcements to come along. It’s obvious they won’t be able to face the situation alone and they need “family” members who can identify and who care enough to be there for them. They don’t need people playing around or forgetting when they are in a fix and need help.
Let’s not throw this request around nor take it lightly. Recognize the serious nature of the simple appeal, “Pray for me.” Don’t ask others unless you’re serious. And the next time someone asks you, go in earnest to the heavenly throne room. Pour out their requests before God as if they were your own. You are striving together. If she goes down, you go down. If she overcomes, you overcome.
And by the way, while you’re at it, pray Ephesians 6:19 and II Thessalonians 3:1 for me!
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