Romans 1:10 'always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.' (NASB) 'Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.' (KJV) 'One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.' (NLT) James 4:14-15 'How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.'' (NLT) Paul expresses his deep desire of the heart to visit the believers in Rome. A wellspring of emotional attachment that comes from his persistent and earnest prayer. He wishes to come 'by any means' and yet expresses that it must be by the 'will of God.' Earnest prayer is the door that leads to victorious living. When we pray we gain the victory over sin. We receive a desire for the Word of God. The Word of God cleanses our hearts and minds. We have a desire to put of the old man and put on the Armor of God. It is not that one thing comes before the other but rather that 'all things work together for good.' When we pray we humiliate ourselves in the sight of the Lord and He lifts us up! How is our prayer life? Does it look like Philippians 4:6-7 or Ephesians 6:18? Is our prayer life a sweet smelling aroma or is it something that smells dead underneath the house? Dear Father in Heaven, let my heart be a wellspring of such prayers as this that earnestly aches for the welfare of the Brethren and the souls of the lost.