8. First, indeed, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, concerning all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all of the world. 9. For God is my witness, the One I serve in my spirit, in the Gospel of His Son, that without a break I remember you. 10. Always at my time of prayer, begging if somehow now at last I will have a good journey in the will of God, to come to you.
Paul prayed more and hoped more to go to Rome than Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap. Paul is a great example of what fervent prayer looks like. He was always remembering those Christians in Rome, the center of the Empire. Rome was, according to Roman Historian Tacitus as the place that “flow all things that are vile and abominable, and where they are encouraged”. Yet, despite all of this disgusting depravity, there is still a people of faith. A people with a faith that is ‘proclaimed in all the world.’
Paul didn’t know where his next journey was going to take him, or what the Lord had planned for him. Paul knew that the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was of the utmost importance, even calling himself a slave to Christ in v. 1. Paul also knew that God was going to work through one of his instruments, Paul, to proclaim that Gospel. Paul was hoping and praying all the time that his next stop would be in Rome. Eventually Paul would get to Rome, but under different circumstances than he had probably hoped. It’s truly amazing how the Lord works.