Our third day of considering the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.” I hope these thoughts are encouraging a new examination of what and why we pray. As you pray today, think about this…
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is love. God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to bring us into fellowship with Him. God’s love not only encompasses the world, but embraces each of us personally and intimately.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:7–10
Too often in our culture the word “love” is connected with the sexual act. We hear phrases like “making love” or “having sex.” But these are opposite concepts to what God has designed. In God’s plan we, as Christians, should have love and sex is an act to be made. Biblically we should “have love” and “make sex.” So when the Bible talks about the fact that God is love, it is not talking about sex but a completely different kind of intimacy.
Let’s spend a moment with a tried and true devotional on the subject of love…the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Merriam-Webster defines love as:
1) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
2) warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3) the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
4) unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as the fatherly concern of God for humankind[or]: brotherly concern for another: as a person’s adoration of God
Synonyms: affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passion
Stop for a moment and really think about that definition and ask yourself how your understanding and relationship with God (and your subsequent prayers) fit into each of those four definitions?.
1) Do you pray from a position of an affectionate kinship with God (you loving Him because of His love for you)?
2) When you pray, do you have enthusiasm and devotion stemming from a warm attachment of love?
3) Is God the object of your prayers? Do you have a genuine attachment to Him? Do you bring devotion and admiration to your prayer before the Lord’s throne?
4) Do you pray unselfishly out of real concern for the good of others, the way Christ unselfishly prayed for us as He died on the cross for our sins? Do we adore Him because He is love?
Praying through those definitions can radically change the way we approach our Heavenly Father.
Think about it.