Romans 1:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 1:10, NIV: "in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you."

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

Romans 1:10, KJV: "Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you."

Romans 1:10, NASB: "always in my prayers requesting if perhaps now, at last by the will of God, I will succeed in coming to you."

Romans 1:10, NLT: "One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you."

Romans 1:10, CSB: "always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God's will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you."

What does Romans 1:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Concluding his thought from the previous verse, Paul now reveals what it is that he prays when he mentions his readers to God. Paul asks God to allow him to visit Rome. Apparently, traveling to Rome and seeing these people in person is something Paul has longed to do for quite some time. In fact, it sounds if he has set out to come to them previously before being prevented in some way.

Paul again models for us how to pray, in this case for something that you deeply wish to happen. He asks God if it may come to pass by God's will. Paul recognizes that the circumstances of his life, including where he will or will not go on his travels, is not something that is within his control alone. It must also be God's will in order for something like this to come to pass. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul will offer an example of something for which he prayed, and which God declined (2 Corinthians 12:7–10).

Paul prays earnestly, regularly ("without ceasing"), and submissively for what he wants, waiting to see if God will allow for it to happen.