As we get closer to the end of this age it’s imperative to remember that prayer and love are the two vehicles that will sustain, strengthen, protect, and shield us during this grievous transition.
We pray to God believing that He hears us and love is no different; we love because we are loved. In fact, we are commanded to love God’s people despite their flaws and imperfections knowing that He loves all people impartially (Matt 22:36-40)!
When I appraise Jesus’ life, I recognize that people were literally drawn to him and in most cases, He didn’t even have to speak a word. Jesus was an ordinary man that possessed an extraordinary heart and His love for people exuded from the inner core of His being. People embraced Him even before they got an opportunity to know Him.
Jesus understood that prayer and love was more than just mere words. He recognized that prayer and love are the keys that access the power of God.
I Peter 3-11 supports this estimation and The Message Bible paraphrase of these passages of text says, “Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”
I could go on and on but in the spirit of keeping it simple and short, the clarion call today is love as equally hard as you pray and I guarantee that you will experience the power of God move in your life!