Prayer Topic #3
A Prayer of Love for God and Our Neighbor
Psalm 113, Matthew 22:35-40, John 15:9-12
Reflections of the Heart
The fruit of the Spirit is Love. Only as we live in God’s love, can we fulfill His will in our lives. The believer must become Love-inspired, Love-mastered and Love-driven.
Almighty Father, we thank You, Father, that You have not given us Christians the spirit of fear or timidity, but love and power and self-discipline. Thank You that You have given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with Your love, so that we may share love with others. We praise You. You are Spirit and You are Love. You are Creator. We thank You that, as we have received a Kingdom which is unshakable, we will be thankful and please You by worshipping You with holy fear and awe. Mighty King, You are a devouring fire. We are blessed to know that Your love is more important than ritual.
Wonderful Father, Your living Word discerns the thoughts and intents of the hearts of men and women. Spoken out of the heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was the proclamation of Your eternal and greatest commandment. As Your dear children, we commit to love You with all our hearts, and with all our souls, and with all our minds. This is the greatest and most important commandment of all. In the same Spirit, we also commit to love our neighbors as ourselves. We confess that the Holy Spirit fills and controls us, as we commit to do God’s will. We commit to living a righteous life. We will treat people with kindness. We will be patient and we will not return evil with evil. We will let our light shine so that people will see our good works and glorify our Father. We put our all on Your altar, O God, for You have given us the Holy Spirit who has filled our hearts with love.
How will you show your love for God and for your neighbor by your actions?
Heavenly Father, equip the saints of the Lord to share His love through patience and kindness. Remind all believers that love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude; it is not irritable and keeps no record of wrongs. Inspire us as Christians to demonstrate God’s love, as given to the world through Jesus Christ, by never losing faith. Quicken in us the remembrance that prophecy and speaking in unknown tongues will become useless without love, but love will last forever.
Holy Father, we ask Your forgiveness for our sins, in the name of Jesus. Forgive us for being irreverent and apathetic towards You. Forgive us for murmuring and complaining and not showing our love and appreciation for all that You do for us. Forgive us for being impatient with our neighbor. Father, we walk by faith and not by sight. As we stand in faith as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ, we seek forgiveness from any and all persons against whom we have intentionally or unknowingly sinned. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Eternal Lord, You are God alone. You created the heavens and the earth; You put everything in its place. You made the world to be lived in, not a place of empty chaos. You are the Lord and there is no other. You only speak what is true and declare only what is right. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: John 4:24, I John 4:8, Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 12:28-29, II Timothy 1:7, Romans 5:5, Hebrews 4:12, Mark 12:30-31, I Peter 3:9, Matthew 5:16, Romans 5:5, I Corinthians 13:1-8, II Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 45:18-19
Today, I will trust God to:
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