You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
request [deomai], if by any means [ei pos]
now [ede] at length [pote] I might have a prosperous journey [euodoo] by [en] the will [thelema] of God [theos] to come [erchomai] unto [pros] you [humas]. KJV-Interlinear
in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may
succeed in coming to you. NASB
Everyone has probably heard from the show, Star Trek, Spocks common phrase, ‘Live long and prosper.’ But did you know that, that came from Deut. 5:33! And here, we have a similar phrase from Paul, praying for a prosperous journey.
Pauls prayer is for success in his mission and travels to Rome, as they are related to the scriptures, his teaching, and their ultimate reception by the people in Rome, as well as all others who read these words.
And so, we all have journeys to make in our life. Our life is in itself a journey. And is there anyone who would want an unsuccessful journey as far as their life goes? Well, if you are normal, then you probably want to be successful.
The key to success is found in your spiritual life. If your spiritual life is functioning, then you will have a successful life. If your spiritual life is not functional, then your life’s story will be one of disappointment.
And remember, your story is not over until God takes you out of this world. That is when your book closes, which sums up your life and after that your eternity begins with the foundation or lack of it, which you established here in this world.
Prayer for a successful journey is reasonable, but remember too, that God has given us all the necessary resources for that success, namely doctrine and your volition to study.
If you do nothing, you’ll get nothing. So do not pray for success and then sit down and do nothing.
Success in life is a perfect example. Get an education, and/or training, and/or experience, go out and hunt for employment, get it and stick with it. Doing nothing gets you nothing.
God gives us the tools and resources. We just need to use them. So, a well-balanced spiritual life requires daily study and learning, prayer, and the use of that knowledge.
Paul prayed for his success, and traveled and studied and wrote and taught.
You should too, pray, and study, and pursue your daily life accordingly.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.