FOR THE SALVATION OF ALL
by Dr. Will Bishop
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation! – Romans 10:1 (HCSB)
On the surface, today’s verse seems like a very easy statement for Paul to make. After all, don’t we all desire to see people come to salvation? To really understand what Paul is saying, let’s examine this verse’s context. In Romans 9 and 10, Paul is writing about the irony of God’s own people rejecting the Messiah while the Gentiles receive the gospel with joy. While Paul rejoices that the Gentiles are being saved, his heart is filled with “intense sorrow” (9:2) for his fellow Israelites who have rejected the gospel message. Right in the middle of this passage, Paul declares that his “heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them [the Israelites] is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1, HCSB)
As you begin the process of engaging people with the gospel, some will gladly and joyfully receive the gospel while others reject the message — and you. But Paul didn’t wash his hands of those who rejected the gospel; he continued to earnestly pray for God to save them. Ask God to give you a heart that is filled with compassion for the lost. Rejoice with those who gladly accept the gospel and don’t give up praying for the salvation of those who don’t.
Prayer: Lord, today I pray for our church plants in South Dakota, Texas and California. Let them be filled with joy as they come together in unity each week. I pray that they don’t appear weak or phony to the people of their various communities.
“A sinning man will stop praying. A praying man will stop sinning.” – Leonard Ravenhill
Engage10K Prayer: Pray for your neighbors. Ask God to open doors to help you engage with them in a new way.