NLT: Let me say first of all that your faith in God is becoming known throughout the world. How I thank God through Jesus Christ for each one of you. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: I must begin by telling you how I thank God through Jesus Christ for you all, since the news of your faith has become known everywhere. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: First, I am constantly thanking my God through Jesus Christ concerning all of you because your faith is constantly being spread abroad in the whole world (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: first, indeed, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed in the whole world;
FIRST I THANK MY GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU ALL: Proton men eucharisto (1SPAI) to theo mou dia Iesou Christou peri panton humon: (see Romans 16:4-note) (Jn 14:6, 1Ti 2:5, Heb 13:15) (Eph 2:18, Ep 5:20; Php 1:11; Col 3:16, 17, 1Ti 2:5, 1Pe 2:5)
Do you give God this kind of quality time, offering thanks to Him (cp He 13:15-note)? Do you thank Him first or last (or not at all)? Make Him your priority when you rise, when you walk about and when you lie down to sleep (cp Pr 6:20, 21, 22). Make thanksgiving to your worthy God first on your "day timer"! You won't regret it. (cp 1Th 5:18-note)
T hank (2168) (eucharisteo [word study] from eucháristos = thankful, grateful, well-pleasing from eú = well + charízomai = to grant, give - derived from charis = grace!) means to show oneself grateful, to be thankful, to give thanks. Eucharisteo is in the present tense which denotes that Paul's continual gratitude to God, the Giver of good thing bestowed and every perfect gift (James 1:17-note).
My God - No pagan would have made such a statement, nor would have most Jews referred to God with the personal pronoun "my". For Paul, his personal relationship with God was not a theological abstraction but an intimate acquaintance with his beloved Savior and Friend. Is He your God, your best Friend?
Dear reader, is He "your" God? There can be no other and none better. Beloved, if He is "your" God, then remember that "you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!" (Ro 8:15- note; cp Gal 4:6, Mark 14:36). In these passages, Abba is the Aramaic term for "Father" conveying a picture of intimacy, much like our English words “Daddy” or “Papa”, the overall picture being one of tenderness, dependence, and a relationship free of fear or anxiety.
Are you fearful or anxious today? Perhaps you need to go to Him and thank Him that He is "your personal Abba" (not to mention that He is the Helper and Keeper of your soul - Click here to lift up your eyes and see from whence cometh your Help and Protection). See related resources on fear or anxiety: How To Handle Fear (1); How to Handle Fear (2); How To Handle Fear (3); How to Handle Fear (4); Commentary on Matthew 6 see notes - Matthew 6:25ff)
The first mark of true spiritual service, which Paul had in abundance, is thankfulness. It is also the mark of a Spirit filled (controlled) man (cp Eph 5:20-note; Col 3:16-note; Col 3:17-note). Paul was grateful for what God had done for and through him, but he was equally grateful for what God had done in and through other believers.
Hold pointer over References (from Nave's) for a "quick" study on Thankfulness
MacArthur notes that...
Through Jesus Christ - This short phrase in essence summarizes the entire epistle to the Hebrews where we learn that Jesus Christ is the believer's Great High Priest, through Whom we have confidence access to the throne of God the Father (cp Heb 2:17, 18, 4:14, 15, 16, 10:19, 20, 21, 22). This phrase pictures Jesus' as our Mediator, elsewhere Paul writing that
Paul begins with a compliment. That’s not a small point. The very first words out of his mouth are positive words of affirmation. Notice also that Paul is thankful for ALL the believers in Rome -- His gratitude was impartial and all-encompassing, making no distinctions. In every epistle but one, Paul expresses gratitude for those to whom he writes. The exception was the letter to the church in Galatia, which had defected from the true gospel of grace to a works system of righteousness and was worshiping and serving in the flesh because of the influence of the Judaizers. It was not that the other churches were perfect, which is apparent since Paul wrote most of his letters to correct wrong doctrine or unholy living. But even where the need for instruction and correction was great, he found something in those churches for which he could be thankful.
MacArthur writes that...
A Simple Study...
Consider the following simple study - observe and record the wonderful truths that accrue through Him - this would make an edifying, easy to prepare Sunday School lesson - then take some time to give thanks for these great truths by offering up a sacrifice of praise...through Him.
Jn 1:3, Jn 1:7, Jn 1:10,Jn 3:17, Jn 14:6, Acts 3:16, Acts 7:25, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38-39, Ro 5:9 [note], Ro 8:37 [note], Ro 11:36 [note]; 1Cor 8:6, Eph 2:18 [note], Phil 4:13 [note], Col 1:20 [note], Col 2:15 [note], Colossians 3:17 [note], Heb 7:25 [note], Heb 13:15 [note], 1Pe1:21 [note], 1Jn 4:9
Would you like more study on the wonderful topic of through Him? Click the NT uses of the parallel phrase through Jesus or see (John 1:17, Acts 10:36, Ro 1:8-note,, Ro 5:1-note; Ro 5:2-note Ro 5:21-note, Ro 7:25-note, Ro 16:27-note, Gal 1:1, Eph 1:5-note, Phil 1:11-note, Titus 3:6-note, Heb 13:21-note, 1Pe 2:5-note, 1Pe 4:11-note, Jude 1:25)
All things are from Him, through Him and to Him. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
BECAUSE YOUR FAITH IS BEING (continually) PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD: hoti e pistis humon kataggelletai (3SPPI) en holo to kosmo: (Mt 5:16 Ro 16:19; 1Th 1:8, 9) (Mt 24:14; Lk 2:1; Acts 11:28)
Because - Always pause and ponder this term of explanation.
Your faith - (literally "the faith your") is not a reference to their belief in Christ which resulted in their salvation but it was more a reference to the changed lives of integrity which their faith produced. Someone might have been describing the church at Rome when they quipped that the church is not a yachting club but a fleet of fishing boats, for the business of the church is to demonstrate God and the supernatural life made possible by His glorious Gospel.
Vance Havner once quipped...
There ought to be enough electricity in every church service to give everybody in the congregation either a charge or a shock!
A W Pink added that...
If a church does not evangelize it will fossilize.
As Spurgeon said...
A holy church is an awful weapon in the hand of God. (And added that) We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.
John Blanchard rightly said that...
The one reaction the Christian church ought never to produce in the community is indifference.
Faith (4102) (pistis [word study]) (see study of related words pisteuo and pistos) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it. Note that this discussion of pistis is only an overview and not a detailed treatise of this vitally important subject. Those interested are directed to respected, conservative books on systematic theology for more in depth discussion (eg, Dr Wayne Grudem's book Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine is an excellent, uncompromising, imminently readable resource for the lay person. See especially Chapter 35 which addresses the question "What is saving faith?" in an easy to understand manner.) Much of this "definition" deals with the general word group for faith (pistis = noun, pistos = adjective, pisteuo = verb)
As pistis relates to God, it is the conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things well as the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ. As faith relates to Christ it represents a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Stated another way, eternal salvation comes only through belief in Jesus Christ and no other way.
Wayne Grudem defines faith that saves one's soul...
Larry Richards has an excellent discussion on faith writing that...
Wuest in his study of pistis and the related words in this family, pisteuo and pistos, explains that...
William Barclay notes that...
Faith is relying on what God has done rather than on one's own efforts. In the Old Testament, faith is rarely mentioned. The word trust is used frequently, and verbs like believe and rely are used to express the right attitude to God. The classic example is Abraham, whose faith was reckoned as righteousness (Ge 15:6). At the heart of the Christian message is the story of the cross: Christ's dying to bring salvation. Faith is an attitude of trust in which a believer receives God's good gift of salvation (Ac 16:30,31) and lives in that awareness thereafter (see Gal 2:20-note; cf. Heb 11:1-note).
How did their Christian lives affect the pagans around them? The Roman historian Tacitus writes that into the city of Rome “flow all things that are vile and abominable, and where they are encouraged”. And yet in the midst of such a "moral cesspool" the Roman saints were living singularly pure lives, giving glorious testimony to the supernatural source of Christianity and the transforming power of the gospel of grace. Beloved, is your "faith" being proclaimed in your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, your school, etc?
Paul personified their faith as a spokesman for the gospel, continuously (present tense) "being proclaimed"
Proclaimed (2605) (kataggello from kata = an intensifier, down + aggelos = messenger and aggello = to declare, report) literally means to "declare down". It means to announce, with focus upon the extent to which the announcement or proclamation extends and so to proclaim throughout. It means to declare plainly, openly and loudly! It was used of solemn religious messages.
Webster adds that our English "proclaim" (from pro = before + clamare = to cry out) means to "declare publicly, typically insistently... in either speech or writing... and implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively." (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)
Kataggello is used 18 times in the NT (and not found in the non-apocryphal Septuagint). Study the following to determine "what" is being proclaimed - interesting! We wonder why the modern church seems so unlike the early church in Acts!
Kataggello is translated: announced, 1; proclaim, 7; proclaimed, 5; proclaiming, 5.
As someone has well said "When the effect of the Gospel is all important in the church, the force of the Gospel is unstoppable in the world." Amen!
TDNT has the following note on kataggello recording that...
Vincent writes that kataggello means
For example, Luke records that the Jewish leaders were
What a faith the lives of the Roman saints must have preached! In Corinth, Paul said to the religious pagans
What a positive, uplifting way to begin a letter. This surely must have encouraged the saints at Rome. Maybe they hadn’t heard about him, but he had heard about them.
As an aside, it's worth noting that it’s always easier for the flesh nature to criticize than to commend. It’s always easier to begin by just letting people have it. After all, we live in a fallen, imperfect world, and if you want to, you can always find something to criticize. And frankly we, as new creatures in Christ, all too often act this same way. For some folks this is their way of life. The first thing out their mouths will be the verbal vomit of criticism. It was said of Thomas Hardy that when he walked into a flower garden, he couldn’t see the flowers for the dung-heap in the corner. Unfortunately, the world is full of people like that. But not Paul (and hopefully not us most of the time!). Paul begins by expressing his heartfelt thanks for the church at Rome. Little wonder that the Romans were ready to hear the most profound letter in the NT. There’s a familiar principle at work here. People tend to become what you believe them to be. If you say to a child, "You’re stupid," he’ll struggle forever in his classes. If you treat a man like a criminal, he’ll soon prove it by robbing you blind. But if a husband says to his wife, "You’re the most beautiful woman in the world to me," his wife will be transformed before his very eyes.
In his book Crusade in Europe, Dwight Eisenhower talks about the many different generals he worked with during World War II. As he studied their leadership styles, he came to a simple conclusion. He wrote (and this is paraphrased) that "the methods leaders use to motivate their followers vary so widely as to defy exact categorization. However, it has been my experience that all great leaders share one thing in common. They are able to mix and mingle with their men on a common basis, and so to convince them that they have their best interests at heart." Heart to Heart Ministry begins with a Grateful Heart—one that sees and notices the good that other people do.
A T Robertson agrees writing that "all the world" is best understood as
Kenneth Wuest adds
From secular history we learn that in a.d. 49 Emperor Claudius expelled Jews from Rome (Acts 18:2) thinking they were all followers of someone named Chrestus (a variant spelling of Christ). Apparently the testimony of Jewish Christians had so incited the non believing Jews that the turmoil threatened the peace of the whole city. The believers had, then, a powerful testimony not only in the city, but throughout the whole world. What a commendation!
The gospel is alive, gives life and bears fruit, Paul explaining to the Colossian saints that
Again in Colossians 1 Paul used a parallel phrase describing
Other Scriptures clearly speak of the worldwide "leaven like" pervasive ability of the gospel:
Or as another has said the church is most effective in the world when it is least like the world! Or as D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said
Some churches are famous because of their pastor, their architecture, their stained glass windows, or their size or wealth. The church in Rome was famous because of its faith. It was a fellowship of genuinely redeemed saints through whom the Lord Jesus Christ manifested His life and power, so that their character was known everywhere.
The excellence of the church does not consist in multitude but in purity.- John Calvin
I particularly like what Martin Luther said...
Note that KJV adds "always in my prayers" here but the NASB places it in 1:10
NLT: God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by telling others the Good News about his Son. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: Before God, whom I serve with all my heart in the Gospel of his Son, I assure you that you are always in my prayers. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: for my witness is God, to whom I render sacred service in my spirit in the good news concerning His Son, how unceasingly I am making mention of you always at my prayers, (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: for God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you,
|FOR GOD WHOM I SERVE IN MY SPIRIT: martus gar mou estin (3SPAI) o theos o latreuo (1SPAI) en to pneumati mou: (Jn 4:23,24; Acts 19:21; Php 3:3)
More literally this verse reads...
Latreuo - 21x in 21v - Matt 4:10; Luke 1:74; 2:37; 4:8; Acts 7:7, 42; 24:14; 26:7; 27:23; Rom 1:9, 25; Phil 3:3; 2 Tim 1:3; Heb 8:5; 9:9, 14; 10:2; 12:28; 13:10; Rev 7:15; 22:3. NAS = offer(1), serve(15), served(1), service(1), serving(1), worship(1), worshiper(1), worshipers(1).
A T Robertson notes that latreuo is from an...
In my spirit - The NIV has an interesting rendering (a paraphrase) -- “with my whole heart”
In my spirit - This simply means in a spiritual manner and not in a natural, carnal or fleshly service to the Living God, as would be seen among the Jews (to Jehovah) or among the pagans to their dead gods who are no gods at all.
John MacArthur notes that
Paul’s worship and service were inextricably related. His worship was an act of service, and his service was an act of worship. It was not that of a religious drudge, going through endless rituals and reciting prayers and liturgies by rote. It was service bathed in fervent, believing prayers. It was willing, devoted, tireless service, fired by a spirit that loved the Lord Jesus supremely. It was a flaming passion to make known the good news about God’s Son.
Cottrell writes that
Dearly beloved, how would you characterize your service to the Lord?
IN [THE PREACHING OF] THE GOSPEL OF HIS SON: en to euaggelio tou huiou autou:
The preaching of is not in the Greek text but has been added by the translators. Note that in the NAS, words in italics indicate that they have been added to help the fluidity of the sentence but that they are not in the original Greek text.
Gospel (2098) (euaggelion [word study]) originally referred to a reward for good news and later became the good news itself. The word euaggelion was in just as common use in the first century as our words good news today. “Have you any good news for me today?” would have been a common question. In this secular use euaggelion described good news of any kind and prior to the writing of the New Testament, had no definite religious connotation in the ancient world until it was taken over by the "Cult of Caesar" which was the state religion and in which the emperor was worshipped as a god.
The writers of the New Testament adapted euaggelion as the term describing God's message of salvation for lost sinners. Euaggelion is found in several combination phrases, each describing the gospel like a brilliant multifaceted diamond (NASB, 1977):
IS MY WITNESS AS TO HOW UNCEASINGLY I MAKE MENTION OF YOU: martus gar mou estin (3SPAI) o theos os adialeiptos mneian humon poioumai (1SPMI): (1Th 1:2.; 2:13; 5:17, 1Samuel 12:23; Lk 18:1; Acts 12:5; Ep 6:18; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:3)
God...is my witness -Paul adds this phrase so that the believers in Rome might comprehend how intently He is praying for them and how deeply he yearns to see them. He appeals is to the omniscient God, Who cannot lie, and Who judges the thoughts and intentions as well as the motive of every heart.
Paul appeals to God because he was personally unknown to the Romans, and they to him, and they might doubt his affection to them. He is saying that: this was a case (the constancy of his prayers) which was only known to God and himself, and hence he appeals to Him for the truth of it.
Witness (3144) (martus/martys; English = martyr) is one who has information or knowledge of something and hence can bring to light or confirm something. Martus does not denote a spectator but one who testifies to something.
Martus basically describes one who remembers something and testifies concerning what they remember. Notice that martus has a two fold meaning of (1) describing one who has seen and/or experienced something or someone and (2) one who testifies to what he or she saw. The testimony could be in a legal setting (Mk 14:63; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Heb. 10:28) or in the general sense of recounting firsthand knowledge (Lk 11:48; 1Ti. 6:12; Heb 12:1; 1Pe 5:1).
Martus - 35x in 35v - Mt 18:16; 26:65; Mark 14:63; Luke 11:48; 24:48; Acts 1:8, 22; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 6:13; 7:58; 10:39, 41; 13:31; 22:15, 20; 26:16; Rom 1:9; 2 Cor 1:23; 13:1; Phil 1:8; 1 Thess 2:5, 10; 1 Tim 5:19; 6:12; 2 Tim 2:2; Heb 10:28; 12:1; 1 Pet 5:1; Rev 1:5; 2:13; 3:14; 11:3; 17:6
Vincent has this note on martus...
Adialeiptos - 4x in 4v - Ro 1:9; 1Th 1:3; 2:13; 5:17
Adialeiptos was used to describe a continuous cough!
Josephus used adialeiptos for the incessant attacks of the Romans against Jotapatha (Josephus, Jewish Wars 3:155-57) or for the continual hammering of a battering ram against the walls of Jerusalem (Josephus, Jewish Wars 5:298-302).
Unceasingly denotes that not much time elapsed between his prayers for them (like a frequent cough...even in that setting one is not coughing without any break whatsoever for that would be physiologically impossible). The point that Paul is conveying to the Roman saints is that were constantly in his thoughts and prayers. Do you have a brother or sister in Christ who cannot seem to get you off of their mind, prayerfully speaking? Thank God for them!
Paul must have had a long "prayer list" for it seems he is always mentioning someone he is praying for in one of his epistles. Could there be any relation between his unceasing prayer and his incredible power in ministry?
A T Robertson...
Amplified: I keep pleading that somehow by God’s will I may now at last prosper and come to you. (Amplified Bible - Lockman)
NLT: One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Wuest: making supplication if somehow now at last I may be prospered in the will of God to come to you (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: always in my prayers beseeching, if by any means now at length I shall have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come unto you,
ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS MAKING REQUEST IF PERHAPS NOW AT LAST: pantote epi ton proseuchon mou deomenos (PPPMSN) ei pos ede pot: (Ro 15:22, 23, 24,30, 31, 32; Phil 4:6; 1Th 2:18; 3:10,11; Philemon 22; Heb 13:19)
Always (3842) (pantote from pás = all + tóte = then) means at all times, continually; without variation, on every occasion, repeatedly.
Pantote - 41x in 38v - Matt 26:11; Mark 14:7; Luke 15:31; 18:1; John 6:34; 7:6; 8:29; 11:42; 12:8; 18:20; Rom 1:10; 1 Cor 1:4; 15:58; 2 Cor 2:14; 4:10; 5:6; 9:8; Gal 4:18; Eph 5:20; Phil 1:4, 20; 2:12; 4:4; Col 1:3; 4:6, 12; 1 Thess 1:2; 2:16; 3:6; 4:17; 5:15f; 2 Thess 1:3, 11; 2:13; 2 Tim 3:7; Philemon 1:4; Heb 7:25. NAS = all times(1), always(40).
Prayers (4335) (proseuche [word study] from pros = toward or immediately before + euchomai = to pray or vow) is the more general word for prayer and is used only of prayer to God. The prefix pros would convey the sense of being immediately before Him and hence the ideas of adoration, devotion, and worship. The basic idea is to bring something, and in prayer this pertains to bringing up prayer requests. In early Greek culture an offering was brought with a prayer that it be accepted. Later the idea was changed slightly, so that the thing brought to God was a prayer. In later Greek, prayers appealed to God for His presence.
Proseuche is used 37 times in the NT (see below).
Proseuche - 36x in 36v - Matt 21:13, 22; Mark 9:29; 11:17; Luke 6:12; 19:46; 22:45; Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 6:4; 10:4, 31; 12:5; 16:13, 16; Rom 1:10; 12:12; 15:30; 1 Cor 7:5; Eph 1:16; 6:18; Phil 4:6; Col 4:2, 12; 1 Thess 1:2; 1 Tim 2:1; 5:5; Philemon 1:4, 22; Jas 5:17; 1 Pet 3:7; 4:7; Rev 5:8; 8:3f
Note the concentration of prayer (proseuche) in the early church! (9/36x in book of Acts) What has happened to us as a church in America? How might this relate to how infrequently we see the power of the Lord at work in our midst today? How is your church's prayer meeting -- alive and well, just barely alive, non-existent? Mark it down - No prayer, no power!
Request (1189) (deomai - see related word deesis) is a strong word which originally meant to lack or to be in need but evolved to mean to supplicate, to ask, to beg, to voice a petition based on a real need, to supplicate (make humble entreaty), to ask for with urgency, with the implication of presumed need.
The present tense indicates that this was Paul's continual or habitual practice.
Deomai - 22x in 22v - Matt 9:38; Luke 5:12; 8:28, 38; 9:38, 40; 10:2; 21:36; 22:32; Acts 4:31; 8:22, 24, 34; 10:2; 21:39; 26:3; Rom 1:10; 2 Cor 5:20; 8:4; 10:2; Gal 4:12; 1 Thess 3:10. NAS = ask(1), beg(6), begged(1), begging(2), beseech(2), implored(1), making request(1), please(1), pray(2), prayed(3), praying(2).
Milligan writes that this word for prayer embodies a sense of personal need and is very common in petitions addressed to ruling sovereigns as distinguished from those addressed to magistrates.
Mounce says that
The saints at Rome did not know of Paul’s prayer support, but the Lord knew about it and honored it. How many of us know the people who are praying for us?
BY THE WILL OF GOD I MAY SUCCEED IN COMING TO YOU: euodothesomai (1SFPI) en to thelemati tou theou elthein (AAN) pros humas: (Acts 18:21; 21:14; 1Cor 4:19; James 4:15) (Acts 19:21; 27:1-28)
By - This is actually the Greek preposition en, and could be instrumental (serving as a means, agent, or tool, denoting means) here, but probably is locative of sphere (indicating the sphere, or realm, in which something or someone exists). Paul’s petition is that if it is in the sphere of the will of God for him to see the Romans, he asks that his prayer be answered.
Will (2307) (thelema [word study]) means what one wishes or has determined shall be done or that which is desired or wished for. It refers to a desire which proceeds from one’s heart or emotions. This term expresses the result of one’s purpose or desire.
Thelema refers to the will not as a demand but an inclination of pleasure towards that which is liked, which pleases and creates joy. God’s will signifies His gracious disposition toward something or what God Himself does of His own good pleasure.
Thelema - 62x in 58v - Matt 6:10; 7:21; 12:50; 18:14; 21:31; 26:42; Mark 3:35; Luke 12:47; 22:42; 23:25; John 1:13; 4:34; 5:30; 6:38ff; 7:17; 9:31; Acts 13:22; 21:14; 22:14; Rom 1:10; 2:18; 12:2; 15:32; 1 Cor 1:1; 7:37; 16:12; 2 Cor 1:1; 8:5; Gal 1:4; Eph 1:1, 5, 9, 11; 2:3; 5:17; 6:6; Col 1:1, 9; 4:12; 1 Thess 4:3; 5:18; 2 Tim 1:1; 2:26; Heb 10:7, 9f, 36; 13:21; 1 Pet 2:15; 3:17; 4:2, 19; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 John 2:17; 5:14; Rev 4:11. NAS = desire(1), desires(1), will(57).
Here are the 8 NT occurrences of the phrase by the will of God. - Rom 1:10; 15:32; 1 Cor 1:1; 2 Cor 1:1; 8:5; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1; 2 Tim 1:1 Note who uses this phrase most often and what God's will is concerning. It is an interesting and somewhat convicting study. Could I say I do what I do "by the will of God"?
Vine adds that thelema...
The will of God Paul’s way lay in God’s will. Paul is a bondservant of the Lord and his will is therefore entwined with the will of His Master. Therefore his petition is that if it is in the will of God for him to see the Romans, he asks that his prayer be answered. Paul's prayer is a good pattern of prayer for all the saints.
A Jewish prayer for travel says,
Click the following links to see list of all verses in NT with phrase "will of God". If you have time, study each entry in context and make a list of what you discover about the "will of God" a topic that to many believers is more mysterious than marvelous - study these 23 NT uses of this phrase - Mark 3:35; Rom 1:10; 8:27; 12:2; 15:32; 1 Cor 1:1; 2 Cor 1:1; 7:9, 10; 8:5; Eph 1:1; 6:6; Col 1:1; 4:12; 1 Thess 4:3; 2 Tim 1:1; Heb 10:36; 1 Pet 2:15; 4:2, 6, 19; 5:2; 1 John 2:17
May succeed (2137) (euodoo from eu = good + hodos = journey) is literally to have a good journey. Depending on the context, it means (a) of removal of difficulties in the way and being successful in accomplishing some activity or event (as in Ro 1:10 = success in going to Rome) (b) of material prosperity in daily avocation (c) of physical health (d) of spiritual health. KJV translates it as a "prosperous journey".
Euodoo - 4 times in the NT (twice in 3Jn 1:2) - Ro 1:10; 1Co 16:2; 3Jn 1:2
J Vernon McGee - Paul is praying for a “prosperous journey” to come to Rome. When we read about his journey in the Book of Acts, it doesn’t look exactly prosperous—he went as a prisoner (after being arrested in the Temple in Jerusalem, was falsely accused by the Jewish authorities), he got into a terrific storm at sea, the ship was lost, and he was bitten by a viper when he made it to land. Yet it was a prosperous journey. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson)