“I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Romans 15:30).
“God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it.” – John Wesley When a mother prays for her child’s boo-boo to be healed, what motivates her? Love.
When a grandmothers cries out for her grandson to be saved, what drives her? Love.
When Jesus walked up into the hills to pray all night, what motivated him? His love for His Father.
When a man prays for his wife to be healed of cancer, what is his motivation? Love.
When Jesus stands in front of the throne room of heaven, petitioning the Father on your behalf, why does He do it? Because He loves you.
When a pastor prays for the members of his congregation, what is his reason for praying? His love for people.
When Jesus asked God to forgive those who crucified him, what compelled Him? His love.
Prayer is inherently an act of love. You pray because you care. You demonstrate your love for the person you are praying for. She may be a thousand miles away, you may not have spoken to her in a long time, but your prayers cross the distance and time and make a difference in her life.
When you pray, you also demonstrate your love for God. By asking for His assistance, you demonstrate your trust, your confidence, and your belief in Him.
When God answers your prayers, He does so out of His great love for you.
Love is the reason that initiates our prayers and love is the force that provides an answer to our prayers. Love should be the motivation behind our prayers. You pray to God because you love Him, you pray for others because you love them, God answers your prayers because He loves you. Love is the secret behind a great prayer life!