not physical presence, not money, but
June 03, 2020: SOAP #3835: Proverbs 25-27; Romans 15
Scripture: Romans (NIV) 15:30 I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. 31 Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
Observation: Paul was inviting believers in Rome to join him in ministry. Some of them might have been able to travel to Paul's location and assist. They could talk with those listening to Paul preach and answer questions. Maybe some could help Paul's ministry team by cooking meals. But that was not what Paul was seeking. They would not need to be at Paul's location.
Others could be a part by sending offerings. Their money could provide necessary items for Paul's team. But that was not the help Paul was seeking.
Paul understood the nature of his struggle and knew what was needed. It was not their presence; it was not their money; it was their prayers!
Application: Understanding these verses, I can be a part of any ministry on earth. My location is not important! The amount of money in my account is not important! My relationship with the Creator of the Universe is vital. As He walks with me and as He talks with me, I can talk to him about ministries that have needs.
Plus, I have a friend who accompanies me and assists me in prayer. He often puts thoughts in my mind about how to pray. Even better, He often prays through me with languages I do not understand. The Holy Spirit! What a constant friend! What an important gift!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, your presence and ministry in and through my life enables me to join in ministry around the world. I am blessed to know of SOAP readers praying for the SOAPs sent to North America, Asia, and Africa. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!