Prayer Teaching 03-03-2013

God’s Perfect Love

Before we can get results in prayer or results in the spiritual realm on anything, we must know that God loves us.  Far too many people are upset with God because “He let them down,” or “He doesn’t care.”  When we know that somebody loves us, we know that they are not going to allow us to be hurt or in any way ignore us and our needs. It’s been too long that we are trying to love God and trying to love others, especially those who persecute us and not getting anywhere.  We try and try and try but fail time and time again.  The reason for this failure is that we are coming from the wrong angle.  First, we must know that God loves us and then that perfect love in us will love others as God intended they be loved.

1 John 4:17-19, Amplified Bible tells us that in the union and communion with God, love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence, assurance, boldness in the day of judgment to face Him because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out, turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror.  He who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love, is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection.

We love Him BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.

How is this perfect love developed?  It is developed by spending time with the Lord and getting to know Him.  Our focus must be on Him and how much He loves us, without regard to whether we are achieving the end result of knowing He loves us and we love Him.  When we spend too much time looking at ourselves and whether we are hitting the mark and whether we are loving as we should, all the focus and emphasis is on us, and we achieve nothing.  But when we start focusing on Jesus and looking at how much He loves us, it begins to happen.  Somewhere along the line, we realize that we do know how much He loves us.  Wow!  It is happening!  God really loves me!

Then His perfect love is stirring in me, is operating in me, is producing a place and a state of being where I know that nothing can hurt me because my dear Heavenly Father loves me.  Speak to yourself many times a day:  MY DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES ME.  HE REALLY LOVES ME.  HIS LOVE FOR ME IS UNCONDITIONAL, UNFAILING, UNENDING.  IT DOES NOT DEPEND ON MY GOODNESS OR BADNESS.  IT DEPENDS ON HIM.  HE LOVES ME WITHOUT ANY STRINGS ATTACHED.  HE SIMPLY LOVES ME.  I guarantee you that if you begin to focus on God’s love in that manner, you will come to know personally how much HE LOVES YOU!

When you reach that point where you know that God loves you, prayer is effortless because you are “talking it over” with the One Who loves you.  You know that He will take care of what you have discussed with Him.  You can leave it in His hands and He will take the responsibility for the results.  It is in His hands.  And you don’t worry and think, oh dear, what if???????  You know that you can trust Him with your petitions and desires and dreams.

Do you want further proof of God’s love?  Take a new look at the most familiar scripture verse in the Bible.  Take a totally new look at John 3:16.

For God

So LOVED

The world, YOU,

That He GAVE

HIS only begotten SON

That whosoever (that’s you) should BELIEVE in Him

Should not perish, but have everlasting LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!