Pray for Paul’s success (Rom 15:31)

“Pray that

I may be rescued

From the unbelievers

In Judea!

Pray that my ministry

To Jerusalem

May be acceptable

To the saints!”

ἵνα ῥυσθῶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἀπειθούντων ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ καὶ ἡ διακονία μου ἡ εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ εὐπρόσδεκτος τοῖς ἁγίοις γένηται,

Paul asked this specific prayer that he may be rescued or delivered (ἵνα ῥυσθῶ) from the unbelievers (ἀπὸ τῶν ἀπειθούντων) in Judea (ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ) and that his ministry (καὶ ἡ διακονία μου ἡ) to Jerusalem (εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ) may become acceptable (γένηται εὐπρόσδεκτος) to the saints (τοῖς ἁγίοις)!  Only the Pauline letters used this word εὐπρόσδεκτος, that means acceptable, well-received, welcomed, or pleasing.  Paul had a very precise request in this prayer.  He wanted to be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea.  Those were the Jewish people who were not persuaded to follow Jesus.  He also wanted his ministry to go well with the Jerusalem saints or his fellow Jewish Christians.  He basically wanted to be well received in Jerusalem.  Unfortunately, this prayer or request did not come true as indicated in Acts, chapters 21-23.  Did you ever realize that you were going to be in for a rough time?

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