Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.” ~ 1 John 4:7-12
Gracious God, you created all of humankind and showed us the importance of relationships with one another. We commend to your care all the families of this community, this nation and throughout the world. We pray that each home may be a home where love is felt. We pray for homes where, instead of love, there are households of hurt and abuse and suffering. We pray for children, youth, and adults, recognizing the importance of and the gift of every age as we grow.
We pray for parents, stepparents, and foster parents. We pray for those who are single and for those who are married. We pray for those in loving relationships. May your grace be present to all. Grant us wisdom to know where there is no love, courage to act out of love for others, and peace to rest in your mercy. Help the commandments of love for you and love for others be our goal for life together. Amen.
- The Language of Love (ponderingpastor.blogspot.com)
- Prayer by the Numbers (barefootpreachr.org)
- How Mom’s Bring LOVE to their Kids (momblognetwork.com)
- When It Is Hard To Pray (blogher.com)
- Teach Me to Pray! (challies.com)
- “Love” (barefootpreachr.wordpress.com)
- Prayer for Pastors (barefootpreachr.org)