The Most Important Thing You Can Do (Praying Through the Bible #239)

TEXT: Romans 10:1:

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.


We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 238 messages in this series.

This is message #239 titled, The Most Important Thing You Can Do.

We all have experienced situations in which we feel as though we have no control regarding the outcome. We know how we would like to see things turn out, but we have no power to bring about the desired result. Such is the situation that the Apostle Paul finds himself in in Romans 10:1. All throughout chapter 9, he talks about the place of Israel in redemptive history and how God has temporarily allowed Israel to wander in unbelief that the Gentiles might be brought to faith in Christ. In fact, most of the opposition that the early church experienced came from Jews. To the dismay of Paul and the other apostles, their own people were not as receptive to the Gospel message as they would have hoped.

This fueled Paul’s concern for Israel. He could not bring about the salvation of his own people, but he called it his “heart’s desire that they might be saved.” In Romans 9:3, Paul said, “I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” That is some strong desire. I recall, after I got saved, God placed in my heart a burden for my own people who were steeped in religiosity and emotionalism. In the words of a fellow preacher, George Joseph, I was “naturally concerned.”

Paul’s natural concern for his people to see the light was good and in line with the will of God. It was not selfish, self-serving, or glory-seeking in the least. It was a perfect desire, yet it was one that Paul had no power to fulfill. It was essentially pointless, and we all have desires like this. Some might say their heart’s desire is to see world peace, or to see the eradication of poverty, or cancer. But there is nothing within us that can bring these desires to pass. So, what do we do?

We do as Paul did and bring our heart’s desire to God in prayer. He said, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.” Matthew Henry comments, “The soul of prayer is the heart’s desire. Paul’s wish was not only his heart’s desire, but it was his prayer. There may be desires in the heart, and yet no prayer, unless those desires be presented to God. Wishing and desiring, if that be all, are not praying.” Our wishes or desires, no matter how good they are, are useless unless we bring them before God as Paul did. Proverbs tells us that “hope [wishes or desires] deferred [unfulfilled] make the heart sick.” But when we cast the burdens of our heart on the Lord and place our most deeply-held desires in God’s hands, we are doing something. In fact, we are doing the most important thing because in every situation, the most important thing you can do is pray.

James Montgomery wrote:

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
uttered or unexpressed;
the motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
that infant lips can try,
prayer the sublimest strains that reach
the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
the Christian’s native air,
his watchword at the gates of death:
he enters heaven with prayer.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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