For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. Rom 1:9-10
There is so much in these two verses, but a couple of things really grabbed me immediately upon reading them this morning.
- What am I passionate about? Do my passions revolve around honoring God with the fullness of my energy, or do they reflect an attachment to the things of this world?
- Do I pray unceasingly for the fulfillment of those passions?
As I look back over the recent years of my life, I am excited to find that my passions are increasingly Christ-centered, revolving around my desire to honor Him. I still have much to learn and far to grow, but I can see progress, and that is encouraging.
When I look at how I handle the waiting, though, I am much less diligent. Sometimes I faithfully pray in the waiting, but other times I am easily discouraged and frustrated. I am not faithful to continue praying unceasingly.
I am challenged to continue to grow in the focus of my passions, and I am also challenged to be much more faithful in the prayerful waiting.