You've Been Praying Wrong...


 

When you pray for the people in your life, what do you pray for? Do you pray for healing? Do you pray for provision? Do you pray for salvation? Have you ever prayed that they would experience the love of God?

 

In Philippians 1:9-11, the Apostle Paul writes, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” The knowledge that Paul is referring to isn’t just an intellectual understanding of God’s love: He is praying that the church at Philippi would experience the perfect love of God, acquired through acts of love. 

 

You can know on an intellectual level that honey is sweet, but you don’t know just how sweet it is until you experience it for yourself. We experience the love of God when we spend time with Him in His presence, when we come to Him in prayer and silence and solitude. We experience the love of God when we act out of that love. The Greek word that Paul uses for love isn’t just a friendly, convenient kind of affection: it’s a love that means putting others before yourself. 

 

It is only when we experience God’s love that we are “filled with the fruit of righteousness,” or the natural result of belonging to Christ. We live the lives we were meant to live when we act out of the love that Christ shared with us through His life, death, and resurrection. 

 

What if you started praying that your friends and your family would experience God’s love, and what if you were the experience? What if you went out of your way to care for the people in your life so that they might know just how much God loves them? What if you were the vessel, the conduit, of divine affection? How would your life change, and how would you change the lives of the people around you?


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