“However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’…” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Focusing on intimacy with God and seeking a passion for Him does not release us from loving people the way God loves people. But when we pursue God passionately, we will be empowered to love people in healthy, God-centered ways and we will make a great impact through our public lives. Without developing intimacy with God, we will impact our public environment in mediocre ways, depending upon our own strength, our own plans, our own love, and our own wisdom. We serve a powerful God who desires intimacy with us. Together we can “win” the world, but only through His plans, His strength, His love, and His wisdom. Passion is required. We have no other options if this world is to be reached for Jesus!
–Taken from The Path Toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Father, sometimes it is hard for me to comprehend Your love for every person on this earth. Help me to love them as You love them, and to see them through the supernatural loving eyes of Jesus.
Praise God as the Creator, Father, Savior, Lord, and indwelling Spirit of his church. Give thanks for “the holy catholic church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Reflecting with God on how you aid or damage his church, confess any sin he reveals. Commit to being a helpful member of God’s community. Ask him to work through you to serve and enrich others.
Pray for each member of Christ’s body to excellently manage the treasures and gifts placed in his or her care. Ask God to prompt you to loving and generous service.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend