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Romans 1:10 “always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.”

Paul, described as a servant of the Lord and one of the apostles, had a desire to visit Rome and to share with them more of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without ceasing Paul mentioned and brought his desires before the Lord. He didn't grow weary he prayed with the sure understanding that the Lord was listening and heard Him. Paul longed to go to Rome, he wanted it so badly but the Lord didn't give it to him right away. He had to travel to many other places before making it to Rome. He prayed for years upon years WITHOUT ceasing and the Lord gave him the desire of his heart. 
Finally in chapter 27 of Acts, after years of following the Lord, and remaining faithful, Paul is on a boat heading for Rome! But while at sea they encounter a storm and the boat is shipwrecked. Those of board were forced out of the boat and to swim to land, they ended up on Malta. I cant imagine what must have been going through Paul’s head at this point. I know that if I were in His situation, I can say without a doubt that I would have been upset. I would have doubted the Lord and doubted why He had given me that desire in the first place. But scripture says, that without ceasing, Paul brought His desires to the Lord.Even when it seemed so dark he prayed without ceasing.

Looking to Paul’s faith encourages me to pray without ceasing. Pray for desires and not lose heart. 1st Thessalonians 5:19-19 says it better than I ever could, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” Pray knowing that the Lord is listening, ask for your desires to be made pure, ask that they are in His will, and do that without ceasing!

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