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God’s Love Language

James 5:16

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

IMG_0301I often ask the question – how’s your prayer life? It is a question meant to challenge us to actually think about our prayer life. Some folks – I fear – develop a prayer life that doesn’t take much thought. It can become – for some – a ritual rather than a relationship.

Think about it some. Do you say the same grace at meals – when you remember to say grace? Do you have any other habitual prayers? Can you recite the Our FatherThe Lord’s Prayer – without thinking about it? Memorizing prayers is often a good thing – a go to prayer when you need it quickly – but often memorized prayers and creeds can become simply a religious act rather than a communication with the Most High.

In worship at our church we change the creeds and prayers – often. Folks aren’t always happy when we do this – but reciting the Lord’s Prayer for instance – in 2 or 3 different ways – might make us think about the words we are saying. If we think about the words we are saying – they might draw us to really think about the meaning of the prayers and creeds we recite in worship. At least that is the goal – the hope.

love hd normalBelieve me – my desire is not to make worship difficult or less traditional – my effort is to help us build a meaningful relationship with Jesus. Ritual can be a good thing – if it doesn’t become routine – words said without thought.

Today’s passage talks about our prayers having power.   Did you ever think that your prayers had power? I mean – aren’t they just words? If we say them without meaning – without an attempt to deepen our relationship with Jesus – they will remain powerless.

If you say I love you to your spouse – over and over – and if they become merely words – with little if any actions behind them – they can become meaningless. I often hear people say words are cheap – show me some action – when it comes to saying I love you. Couples who come to me to talk about their marriage often say things like he says he loves me but he doesn’t show it. Now showing it can be a lot of things to a lot of people. Knowing your spouse’s love language is very important. Do they respond to Words of Affirmation – Acts of Service – Receiving Gifts – Quality Time or Physical Touch? Remember – it is your spouse’s love language you are after – not your own. If you respond to physical touch but your spouse responds to acts of service – you can cuddle all you want – but if you leave your clothes all over the bedroom or fail to do your chores – your spouse is not going to feel loved.

So – what is God’s love language? God responds to an open heart – a heart focused on obedience and reception to His Spirit. Jesus says – John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commands. We’re told that love for God is to follow His commands. Another passage reminds us of the same truth – 1 John 5:3 – In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. The greatest commandment – Jesus said – is this – Luke 10:27 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Maybe – if we loved Jesus – if we acted out our love for Jesus – our prayers would have power. I’m just saying – maybe a deeper walk with Jesus – a deeper intimacy with Him – would bring about the power that today’s passage mentions – James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective. Now that might just be what the church needs today – a church with more people with powerful prayer lives. A deeper and more powerful prayer life – comes when we are more connected with Jesus. When we speak God’s love language – our prayers will be deeper and more powerful. I’m just saying…

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 8, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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