8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Paul was a man of prayer. In nearly every one of his letters he speaks about his prayer for the church or person to whom he is writing. For the believers in Rome, many of whom Paul had never met, he prayed without ceasing and he mentioned [them] always.
The heart and passion that Paul had in prayer for the saints is the same kind of heart and passion we should have for other believers today. In fact, prayer is one of the vital marks of a healthy church.
J.I. Packer writes, “I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is, so that how we pray is as important a question as we can ever face.”
My friends, how much are you praying for the saints? If you are like me, it’s not as much as we should be. The problem is in knowing what to pray. However, the answer is not far because we have been given the perfect prayers we could every pray for the saints of God in the Scriptures. Let me suggest that you begin by praying the prayers of Paul. To save your some time from looking up each of those prayers you can download this PDF document so you can have them all in one place – Prayers of Paul.
May the Lord grant you perseverance in your prayers that they will be without ceasing, always mentioning the saints.