The Power of Love in Prayer [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — June 30, 2016
Are you ready for some good news?
The love of God is the power of God. So, when you have God’s love, you have God’s power.
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2–3, ESV)
We’ve been learning about the variety of ways that we can pray in the Spirit. The spiritual gift of an unknown prayer language is only one of the ways that we pray in or by the Spirit. For example, praying God’s Word is praying in the Spirit because the Word is Spirit-filled. Today, we turn our attention to a characteristic of spiritual prayer that is simple, but deeper than deep - the prayer of God’s love.
God is love. He is the source of all love. All love comes from God. When you pray for someone because your heart is filled with love, it becomes a form of praying in the Spirit. Jesus moved in love in ministry. His compassion moved Him to pray for the sick or feed the multitudes.
When you accept Christ into your life, you receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Christ in you always loves people with an everlasting love. When you experience the deep compassion of God flowing in your heart and connect your intercession to that love it becomes one of the purest ways of praying in the Spirit. As you cultivate your heart’s sensitivity to the deep love of God for others, your prayer life is activated and fueled by the power of God’s love.
I hope you’ll check out today’s broadcast and dig deeper into the ministry of compassion-laden intercession. Praying with God’s love is praying with God’s Spirit.
And that’s the gospel.