Paul continues his opening thoughts in his letter to the Christians in Rome with these words: “Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world! God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, Whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son.” Romans 1:8,9 NLT.In Rome, the greatest city in the greatest empire the world had ever known, the faith of the Christians was so robust that it was being talked about all over the empire. This despite the entrenched paganism of the times, and the rise of the emperor-god cult. In the darkest center of defiance against the One True God, the witness of these saints shone brightly for all the world to see.
And hearing the reports of the Christians in Rome, Paul prayed for them constantly. Night and day, he thanked God for their faith, and brought their needs to God in prayer. For despite being a man of action, Paul was also a man of prayer.
Paul’s aim in life was to preach the Good News in places where it had never been heard before, and this took him all over the world. His constant travels took him through many dangers and hardships– from nature, from men, and from spiritual forces. Through it all, he remained a man of prayer– prayer for those saints to whom he had brought the good news, and prayer for those he had only heard about but never seen. He did not allow his own busyness, his own needs, to keep him from constant intercession for others.