Friday, January 3, 2014

Exchanged Life: Enduring Love

"Remain in my love."
John 15:9


    Are you interested in praying a prayer that could revolutionize your life? Try this: Begin each day by asking God a series of questions.
  • Lord, how can I love you today?
  • What act of worship can I do?
  • What words can I utter that will honor and bless You?
  • What act of service can I do to represent Your love?
  • How would Your Spirit inspire me to pray today?

    If you ask questions like this and watch for ways God might answer throughout your days, you'll find something happening deep within your soul. You'll find that worship becomes a lifestyle. You'll find that your faith becomes less centered on you and more centered on God. You'll find that the greatest commandment-to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind-becomes your greatest desire. If you think your relationship with God is cold and passionless, you'll find it melting, in the warmth of His favor. You'll experience His love in deeper ways than you ever have.
    If God created us for worship and commanded us to love Him with all that's in us, it stands to reason that He would answer, with His abundant grace and power, a prayer designed to fulfill that purpose. We spend so much time asking Him to meet our perceived needs that we miss our real need-to know Him in intimacy and to adore Him in worship. Once that need is met, all others find their proper place. But this one is first. When we pray like this, we agree with God on His highest priority for us.
    Try praying this prayer several days in a row. See how God answers it. Make it your personal agenda each day to live for Him in worship and love. Everything else you have ever sought God for will either fade away in irrelevance or be graciously provided by the One who was waiting for you to put first things first. His love is enduring, His fellowship is sweet, and He's really all we need.

"All is vanity but to love God and serve Him." Thomas a Kempis
Tiegreen, Chris. The One Year at HIS feet devotional. Tyndale House Publishers: Carol Stream, IL. Dec 29. page 363

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