Lent Season of Prayer Week VI: Love

LOVE

When asked what are some of the attributes of God, love is certainly one of the many attributes. So "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" compels us to live our lives as a pleasing sacrifice onto the Lord. It is so difficult for us to remember and comprehend just how much God loves us. Satan certainly uses our wavering ability to comprehend God's love to cast doubt about how much we are loved. If, like me, you've ever waived in believing that you are loved by God, beyond what we can comprehend, just look at the cross.


SCRIPTURE VERSES

Romans 5:5-8
And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:


"For your sake we face death all day long;  

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[a]

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 4:8-16
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.


PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us beyond our comprehension. Please take from us the clutter that gets in the way of loving You. Protect us from being mislead by cheap substitutes for Your love. Show us Lord, what stands in the way of obeying You and loving You with all of our being. May our love for You be a pleasing and acceptable gift.


HYMN: When I Survey the Wonderful Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all. 

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SONG: Your Love Never Fails

Nothing can separate
Even if I run away
Your love never fails
I know I still make mistakes
You have new mercy for me everyday
Cause Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night
But joy comes in the morning

Your Love Never Fails
Words and Music by Anthony Skinner and Chris McClarney
© 2008 Thankyou Music, Integrity's Alleluia! Music, Out Of The Cave Music