The love of God is the power of God. So, when you have God’s love, you have God’s power.
In recent days, we’ve been learning that all-powerful prayer is Spirit-infused prayer. Paul exhorts us in Ephesians to pray at all times “in the Spirit.” We’ve been exploring a variety of ways that we can pray in the Spirit, and today we turn our attention to, perhaps, the most spiritual form of prayer possible—the prayer of deep love. When we connect to the agape love of God, we connect to God Himself. It is the love that Paul describes famously in First Corinthians:
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2, ESV).
God is love. As such, He is the source of all authentic love. All love comes from God. When you pray for someone because your heart is filled with God’s love, it becomes a form of praying in the Spirit. Jesus didn’t just minister to prove a point—He healed the sick and delivered the oppressed because He was overwhelmed with an unquenchable love for people.
When you accept Christ into your life, you receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Christ abides in you, loving others infinitely. When you experience the deep compassion of God flowing in your heart and connect your intercession to that love, it becomes one of the purest ways of praying in the Spirit. As you cultivate your heart’s sensitivity to the deep love of God for others, your prayer life is activated and fueled by the power of God’s love.
Praying with God’s love is praying with God’s Spirit. So praying with love is praying with God’s own power. And that’s the Gospel!