Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
February 17, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<474> Thesis: Prayer requires that we adopt God's interests. Introduction: As we begin the study of a new chapter in Romans this evening, we are compelled by the words to return to an old theme. In 10:1 we have a redundant statement of the same theme of 9:1-3. The difference is that 9:1-3 is far more potent than 10:1 so that the text before us this evening is a mere echo of that earlier declaration. As an echo, it is simply a reminder and restatement regarding Paul's actual attitude toward "Israel". Being an echo does not mean that it is not important, but it does mean that its value lies in reintroducing a major issue that "readers" might overlook and not in some "new" reality. However, there is a new twist, and it is that toward which we will direct our attention. The new twist is the way Paul expressed his heart as it was exposed in 9:1-3. It has to do with what a person is supposed to do when something is so important to him that he is willing to perish if necessary in order to accomplish it. It has to do with "praying".