Love Like Jesus Part 5
1 Corinthians 14:1 (AMP) Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest].
John 13:1 (ERV) Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus had always loved the people in the world who were his. Now was the time he showed them his love the most.
We’ve been looking at the last week in Jesus’s life and we have found . . . .
Week 1: Love is the sign of spiritual maturity.
Week 2: Love forgives. Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.”
Week 3: Love serves other. Jesus washed feet.
Week 4: Love connects. Jesus broke bread.
Week 5: Love prays. Jesus interceded in prayer.
Luke 22:31 (Clear Word) Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Simon, Simon, Satan is determined to test your loyalty to me, and if possible, separate you from me like a farmer sifts his wheat to separate the kernels from the chaff. But I’m praying for you that your faith does not falter.
. . . I have pleaded in prayer for you . . . — NLT
Nothing proves your love more than praying for someone.
Jude 1:20-21 (Cotton Patch) But you, my loved ones, deepen your commitment to your most sacred way of life. With spirit-filled prayer keep yourselves in God’s love.
What is a spirit-filled prayer? When you let God lead you in prayer. You ask the question, “God, how should I pray?”
Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent. — Leonard Ravenhill
There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him. — William Law
Jesus intercedes in prayer
Some have never pleaded for another in prayer. And you don’t understand the relationships you could have, the grace you could walk in, the love you could experience.
Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer. — Charles Finney
John 17:20 (Lovett’s Lights) Not only do I pray for these [12 disciples], but also for those who will put their faith in Me because of their words, that they may all be one. O’, that they may be one in us, even as You Father are in Me and I in You. And by this enable the world to believe that you sent Me. The glory which you gave to Me I have given them, that they may be one even as We are one. In order that the world may know that You did send Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me, I pray that they may be welded into a unit because I am in them and You are in Me . . . . 18:1 As soon as Jesus had spoken these words, He and His disciples continued on across the Kidron ravine. There was a garden there . . . .
What Did Jesus Pray For?
- Unity — They may all be one in us — Know God.
- Holy Spirit — Glory you gave me I gave them — Find Freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- Love — Sent me and loved them — Discover Purpose.
- Movement — Be welded into a unit — Make a difference.