Sunday, 14 February 2010

iPray: Day 14

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A Prayer for Love

.."Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"....He answered: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and love your neighbour as yourself Luke 10:25-27

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God 1st John 3:1


Yes Lord, today I lift up my hands to say that I love you. Lord, I love you, I would like to say with all my being but I know it's only by your grace. Lord, I love you not because I know how to but because you demonstrated your love, you gave me your best so that I could be your best. I'm so grateful unto you for who would I have been, where would I be, what would I be doing if not for you. If I run to the highest heavens, your love is there, in the valley your love is with me. Thank you for your unconditional love towards me, thank you Father. There is nothing, there is noone that compares with you. No use searching.

Father today I pray that you rekindle a spirit of love in the hearts of your children. The greatest commandment you left for us is that we love you, with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our mind, therefore with everything that we are, with everything that we have. How do we love you Lord? By obeying your commandments. Forgive us Lord for allowing the love we have for you to grow cold. Teach us how to love you, how to fall in love with you, how to cultivate a relationship with you. Lord, ignite a passion within me, that as the deer panteth for the water so my soul shall pant for you. Father, you are love and I have been regenerated into your likeness therefore I choose to love.

Daddy your word says that we are able to love our neighbours to the level we have loved ourselves. Not a narcissitic self-love that results in pride but a godly love that reinforces our worth. Father, enable us to realise that we were worth the Ultimate price, the blood of your precious and only son and therefore we are precious in your sight. We were created in your image, we are citizens of the Kingdom that has no beginning and knows no end and we carry ourselves like the royalty that we are. Teach us to forgive ourselves of the mistakes of the past, to cast our burdens upon you because you care for us.

Daddy, your word says that anyone that does not do what is right is not a child of God, neither is anyone that does not love his brother and that the message we have heard from the beginning is that we love one another. Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians 13 about love being much more than what we do and he tells us what love is. Father, love can be hard work sometimes because it calls upon us to walk from our spirits and not our flesh. We can't choose who we love for even Jesus said to love our enemies, this is impossible without your grace. Teach us how to love O Lord.

Teach us to be patient, teach us to be kind, teach us not to envy or boast or exalt ourselves. Help us to love by not being rude, not looking out for ourselves first, not easily angered, help us (especially me!) to forgive and throw away our records of the wrong done to us. Let us love by rejoicing in the truth and turning our backs from evil. Let the love that we share always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. Father, your words says that by their fruit you shall know them, it doesn't matter how much we use the word love, our love shows through our actions. The evidence that your Spirit abides in us is shown by the fruit we exhibit and the fruit of the Spirit is love.

I come against the spirit of Cain, where the seed of jealousy pervets brotherly love and the fruit of hatred becomes a killer of destiny. Dear lord, we don't always have to agree on every point but we can love each other because what binds us together is the love of Christ. This is a prayer because no one can truly love without your help. Through Scriptures you have modelled for us what love is, help us to grow in love for each other in Jesus name for a threefold cord is not easily broken. Let our love be pure and without hypocrisy, let us love the people you have brought into our lives not by always saying yes but also saying no when necessary. Let our love enable us to speak the truth even when it isn't always the easiest thing to hear. Let love be the foundation for our actions because your word says we love because you first loved us and if we love you we must also love our brothers.

Today, all over the world people celebrate 'love' in its different forms. I pray especially for those who feel unloved, that no one loves them, that no one is there for them. Daddy, help them realise that there is a Love that knows no bounds, there is a Love that holds them in an embrace so tight, there is a Love that takes away the pain of the past, there is a Love that cannot be reproduced in any human relationship. Also open their eyes to see someone who they can love as well because the truth is the world is full of people who we can love, we are never alone.

Daddy, I love you, teach me how to love even more, with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my mind. Thank you Father in Jesus name I ask, Amen.

6 comments:

Jaycee said...

Oh God, thank You for this beautiful prayer on LOVE. Father, please rekindle love in my heart. I know I have a passion to love more, but it is so hard to love without hypocrisy. But there's nothing impossible with You.

Please teach us how to love, in spite of.

Thank You Father for answering our prayers once again. You're amazing! There's no one like You.

Patrina said...

"I come against the spirit of Cain, where the seed of jealousy pervets brotherly love and the fruit of hatred becomes a killer of destiny."

WOW! This is such a powerful statement, Lord! I believe that spirit is upon my own brother. You know his heart, Lord. His hatred appears to have robbed him of destiny. You know the beginning of this death. A ask your presence to fall upon him and cause him to see the results of his hatred. Forgive me, Lord, when I have failed to show him your love - failed to forgive his hateful rebellious ways. Forgive me for not knowing how to reach through his mirage to touch his heart. Help me to see him as you see him. Help me to love him as I did when we were young. Give me a new desire, Lord to enter into a rekindled love for him. We were best buds as children. But somewhere along the journey, he lost his way. Bring him back home to family, LOrd. Soften his anger and open his heart. Speak your love into our family that we might all be restored to each other and to you, O Lord - through your awesome all encompassing LOVE. I just praise you for loving me...

In the name of Jesus, AMEN

simeone said...

amen..thank you father..
i'm having a brand new loving feeling already..

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

Amen and Amen. Father Lord thank You also for Believer, from the day You caused our paths to cross, not for one day have I regreted it. She has been a breath of fresh air, and indeed someone I trully cherish. Thank You Lord for her life and all her endevours, and Lord I ask that in anything she does that May she continue to feel Your presence with her. Thank You Lord for her future because You Lord are incharge of it, and whatever the Lord is incharge of is indeed Excellent.

Lord I ask that You continue to teach me how to Love the way You purposed me to. Teach me to love in such a way that people notice a Love that can only be because of the presence of God in my life. Transform my whole notion and thinking of what Love trully means, and help me Lord to apply it in the ways You want me to. Thank you Lord for answered prayers, in Jesus Name. Amen.

Tisha said...

Lord i love you so.

Help me love your people the way you would have me do. help me trust you to look out for me even as i do your will.

Teach me to obey your commandments and obey you daily and not to grow weary.

Thank you for your strength and that you care
Thank you for the way you love; for no reason at all.

Tolu Odulesi said...

Thank you for such a wonderful prayer