Pray to the God of Hope
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Verse 13 is a kind and gracious benediction, one of Scripture’s richest verses. Fortunately, its wealth was not exhausted on the Romans. It has meaning for us, too.
Speaking of hope at the end of verse 12 caused Paul to raise a prayer to the God of hope. The Apostle prayed God would grant believers the virtues that it is their duty to possess.
The Bible often links accountability and dependence. God commands us to exercise traits only He can give, thereby making sure we come to Him in prayer.
In the believer, every spiritual grace is of divine origin. Our spiritual garments are never homespun; we are divinely clothed from head to foot.
Rom. 15:13a Now may the God of hope. . .
In this prayer by Paul we learn much about the blessings we are meant to receive. We first notice the Person who blesses. God is the Fountain from which all genuine hope flows. In His grace, God allows all humans to share a portion of hope, this respite from trouble. The lost person’s hope is a small, dwarfed version of the real thing, but it still puts a little sparkle in his or her life.
A hopeless life is a bitter life. When hope is gone, the heart is completely broken. We often say, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” It would also be proper to say, “Where there’s hope, there’s li