This morning as I read Romans 15, the lady I gave the Bible to earlier this week came to mind at least twice.
Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I spoke with her, she told me she was hopeless. I could hear the hopelessness in her voice and see it in her eyes. This has been part of my prayers for her over the past few days – that she find hope in Jesus. He will give her the hope she so desperately needs.
Romans 15:30 – Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join fervently with me in prayer to God on my behalf.
I specifically saw the “to join fervently with me in prayer to God” part and know that my prayers for her are not as fervent as they were that first night and the following day. The urgency is not as intense. This loss of urgency always concerns me as I feel that my prayers for people should always be a deep longing for God’s glory to be revealed and displayed in their lives yet many times they seem flat and passionless. I pray that God keeps the passion for His glory burning deep in my life and more specifically in my prayers for people.
Now I ask that you join me in fervently praying for this young lady. I know God has already begun a good work in her and that He will perfect it for His glory. Please pray.