Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me.
Paul was going from Corinth with money for the Jerusalem church. The Jews in Jerusalem would be eager to persecute him. So he wrote to the church in Rome asking for their prayers “that [he] may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe” (Romans 15:31).
Prayer is often the forgotten ingredient in spiritual warfare. In Paul’s classic passage on the believer’s spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-18), prayer is often neglected. But it is Paul’s final admonition: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (verse 18, NASB). It is as if Paul is saying, “Once you are clothed with God’s armor against Satan, you must win the battle on the field of prayer!” He makes the point by asking for prayer for himself against the temptation to fear the repercussions from preaching the Gospel (verses 19-20).
Be clothed with God’s spiritual armor—but don’t neglect to pray for strength and steadfastness against “the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The believer may be known by his inward warfare as well as by his inward peace.
J. C. Ryle
Song of Solomon 1-4