“This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you” (v22). Paul had never met the believers in Rome because he had been busy preaching in regions where the gospel hadn’t yet spread (v19-21). He hoped to visit Rome on his way to Spain (v24), and he asked the Roman church to “help” him on his journey there, as well as give to the poor in Jerusalem. Paul took it for granted that the Roman believers would be eager to share in these global endeavors.
“Strive together with me” (v30). Being in God’s family means that we aren’t just concerned about ourselves; we “strive together,” in prayer and action, with brothers and sisters around the world.