The Power of Love in Prayer [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — July 01, 2016
Are you ready for some good news?
If you want your prayer life to be a joy rather than a chore, all you have to do is get in touch with the love of God in your heart.
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:3–7, ESV)
As we conclude our series about all the ways that we can pray in the Spirit, we’ve turned our attention to a seldom highlighted form of praying in the Spirit: praying with God’s love. When we pray with love, we are connected with God, because God is love and the Holy Spirit is in the heart of the believer loving others always.
Love-soaked prayer is infused with divine power.
When you love someone deeply, you don’t have to think about whether you want what is best for him. Love produces the attitude of heart that wants the beloved to be blessed. This is the heart of prayer, wanting the well being of the other.
As Paul explains to the Corinthians, “love is not self-seeking”. Love moves the intercessor because love makes you other-centered rather than self-centered. Love is also patient – it perseveres. When you love, your intercession becomes passionate and persistent, unswerving. When you love, you are not embittered; there is no obstacle to your prayer. Love endures. Love persists. Love holds no record of wrongs. This is how love works in prayer. God loves others perfectly and God is in you. Yield your heart more and more to the promptings of God’s vast love for others and your spirit will be connected with God’s own heart in prayer.
I hope you’ll check out today’s broadcast and ask God to fill your heart with His love for others. When you pray in love, you pray in the Spirit. And that’s the gospel.