Read Romans 15:33, noting Paul’s hope that they would experience peace.
After requesting a partnership of prayer from the believers in Rome, Paul offered a brief prayer on their behalf. He asked that they would experience the presence of the God of peace.
The leaders of the Roman Empire took pride in what was known as the Pax Romana, the “Roman peace.” But while this peace brought a degree of security to the Empire, it was maintained through an iron fist of military might. It drew its power from fear and intimidation. The Roman Christians could draw from a deeper peace, a peace Paul told the Philippians goes beyond all understanding (Phil. 4:7).
Paul’s Amen concluded his primary teaching in this letter. Chapter 16 essentially includes a long list of Romans who had blessed him and others who wanted to bless the Romans. Again, he focused on the power of partnerships, which should encourage us to follow that example today.
What can partnerships achieve that a single person alone cannot do, when it comes to sharing the gospel?