December 3, 2018

Can Y'all Get Together and Pray for Me?

Romans 15:30–33

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30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

In Context:

25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Can Y'all Get Together and Pray for Me?



Bio | Vikki Tynan

Prayer is a passion of mine because I love to talk with God. I used to just talk to Him during my quiet times or in difficult times. But now, I also get together several times a week with friends asking the Lord what is on His heart and praying it back to Him. 

My husband and I serve together at Watermark in the Engine Room (prayer ministry) and the Believe Team (talking with and praying for new members). We have two great sons, Kyle and Troy; a delightful daughter-in-law, Kristen; and a precious one-year-old grandchild.

Central Truth

We like to think we can handle life on our own and not be a burden to others. But God designed us to pray together to carry each other's burdens. 

Devotional | Romans 15:30–33

Have you ever yelled out, "I can't do this on my own. I need help!"?

In this passage, Paul was transparent with the believers in Rome, sharing his struggles and asking them for help. I don't...

Have you ever yelled out, "I can't do this on my own. I need help!"?

In this passage, Paul was transparent with the believers in Rome, sharing his struggles and asking them for help. I don't know about you, but Paul always seemed so confident no matter what he was going through. He knew the Word of God, and he taught with great boldness to everyone he came in contact with. He faced opposition from Jewish believers and unbelievers, pagan priests, and Roman officials, all trying to preserve their way of life. 

We all like to think we can handle life on our own and not be a burden to others. But God designed us to pray together to carry each other's burdens. Paul was always interceding for others, but I love his vulnerability to stop and ask for help. He was tired and overwhelmed by what he was going through and what he sensed was coming. 

Paul asked all the believers in Rome to strive together with him in prayer. He was saying, "Can y'all get together and pray for me?"  Paul understood the power of corporate prayer. When Christians get together for the purpose of prayer, God is listening intently to act on their behalf.  

Corporate prayer is often the least attended gathering in the church because most people do not like to pray out loud. We think our prayers are not as eloquent or insightful as others we have heard, so we avoid prayers gatherings all together. Prayer is not how we put words together, it is simply a conversation with God.

My husband and I serve in a ministry called the Engine Room, where members gather together during each service and pray for the people, leaders, and ministries of Watermark. I invite you to join us and see for yourself how our conversations with God can change lives.

Prayer is an incredible privilege, a serious responsibility, and the greatest power God has put in our hands. Let's start using this incredible gift of communication with God to impact our families, churches, cities, country, and the world!

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Discussion Questions

1. What keeps you from getting with others to pray in unity for something that is heavy on your heart? Ask the Holy Spirit and other believers to pray for you to have the courage to pray out loud. (Romans 8:26-27)

2. As we look at the craziness in the world around us we feel helpless. What promises does God give us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 when we pray for our leaders and leaders all over the world?

3. Who do you know that really needs a miracle from God in their lives? Get together with your community group or friends (who also know people in need of prayer) and devote some time regularly to pray fervently for them. (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Acts 1:14) 

9 Comments available

Jim Wimberley 7 days ago

Vikki, so thankful for your devotional this morning and for you and David serving so faithfully in the Engine Room. Praying with you that all of us at Watermark will become more devoted to prayer. Colossians 4:2

Rita Satagaj 7 days ago

Vikki, perfect timing for this devo. Thank you for such insight. Yes, prayer is a privilege. I have seen blessings come from prayer many times. Lord, thank you for the reminder that you are always there for us. I too, am thankful for our community.

Anthony McCormack 7 days ago

Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life. I for one can’t do this walk with Christ on my own. I need others to help me make sound and godly decisions, to point out when I’m rough on my wife and kids and when I’m of track. I need the prayers of others. Lord Help us all be transparent. Help us ask for help so we can be strong together in Christ.

Karen Mercer 7 days ago

This is exactly what I needed to see today. It both validated my fears and challenged me to forget about what people think and remember who I’m praying to and why. Thanks.

Michael Scaman 7 days ago

Paul already explained his purposes: go to Jerusalem to deliver a gift for the poor, then go to Rome and finally head to Spain. He then enlists their prayers appealing both to love and lordship. Last, Paul gives them a blessing of peace.

In Romans God is 'the God of the Jews", ‘the God of the gentiles’, ‘the God of endurance and encouragement’ , ‘the God of hope’ and here ‘the God of peace’ and one more ‘God of peace’ punching the end of book as well

Romans 3:29 Romans 15:5 Romans 15:13 Romans 15:33 Romans 16:20

Hope Harris 7 days ago

Thanks Viki for your leadership in the engine room. I love that Paul asks for prayers. in the last two years God has been slowly laying out the next steps for ministry for me.

One wise woman highly recommended I form a pray team. Something, heard but didn’t really put into practice until this october. I would say that was the single most important thing I overlooked and plowed ahead in independent stubborn we can do this nature.

It is now a priority for me as I finish writing my book and take the next steps in ministry.

Lindsey Driscoll 7 days ago

Vikki, great devo and I love the way you interpreted Paul’s words to what we would say in the south “can y’all pray for me?” This passage in my bible has missionaries names written next to it that I have prayed for over the years. It is a reminder that we all need prayer, even prayer for members of the body to serve other members of the body. It’s easy to think “God has called them to serve, so they should just serve,” and yet God also calls us to pray for how the body serves one another like Paul’s example here in verses 15:30-33.

jonathan goodale 7 days ago

Lord thank you for our community. Lord help us to help each other and to surrender to You. Help us to not be anxious about anything, and to pray without ceasing. Help us to know Your love as we pray . God is good, this passage comforted me today.

Hugh Stephenson 7 days ago

So, Paul needs prayers just like I do. For whatever reason this surprises me. Then it doesn’t.

He is in a world of pagans and unbelievers. I short perusal of the news shows me that so are we.

He needs prayers for deliverance. So do I.

I spent a lifetime praying rote prayers in church. They became dry and stale. Years ago, I was directed to Tim Keller’s book “PRAYER”. In reading it I learned what a centerpiece prayer was for Jesus and so many giants of the faith.

I also learned about prayer as a simple free form conversation with God; not formal or rehearsed. Just talking to Him, asking what He wants me to do and listening.

Formerly, my prayers were as if I was uploading a to-do list for Him. With a “due date”. Not good.

He taught me prayers of surrender are the way.

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