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Paul prayed for a “prosperous journey”, Rom. 1:10, to go to Rome. Previously, he had been told through the Spirit, not to go to Jerusalem. He does anyway, Acts 20-21. The result is that he gets arrested, shipwrecked, and imprisoned among other things. He eventually gets to Rome, but it is through some intense tribulations and trials. Read Acts 21-28. His life hung in the balance all along the way. At first glance, it might sound like he lost out on his request for a “prosperous journey” because of clearly disobeying the Lord’s direction and detouring to Jerusalem. A natural burden for his own people took him away from God’s perfect will and he was chastened for it.


There is a deeper lesson for us than simply, “Don’t get out of God’s will.” It’s easy to assume that when Paul prayed for a “prosperous journey” that he was praying for physical prosperity. “Lord, keep me safe and give me smooth trip. God, please bless ME.” This is not the kind of prosperity Paul had in the forefront of his mind. “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself.” 1 Tim 6:5

Spiritually, the journey to Rome was very prosperous, Rom 8:28! Paul gets an opportunity to preach publickly to a crowd of his native people, Jews. He gives his salvation testimony to several high ranking government officials, and writes most of the New Testament while in prison. I’d say that’s pretty prosperous, wouldn’t you? “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt 6:33

Chad S. Bernick
Bible Baptist Church
Wainwright, Alaska

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After serving for 6 years at the top of Alaska in Point Lay, the Bernick Family moved 90 miles further northeast to Wainwright. They are full-time working missionaries. Chad works as a pastor to the village through the Baptist church and responds with the local EMS/fire fighter crew. His wife, Sarah, daily home schools their six children and hosts a sewing class twice a week. They have been in arctic Alaska since 2008.

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