Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 - 6 minutes read
More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee;
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee![1]
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”[2]
My necessary prayer: “More love, O Christ, to Thee; More love to Thee, more love to Thee!”  A prayerful plea, humble song, our cry unto our gracious God.  I want this supernatural love to abound more and more, manifest in my everyday life.  In fact, I need to know the love of God with a depth of insight so I can discern what is best.  It appears there is no restriction on how much or a saturation point where we stop growing in love.  Abounding in love correlates with purity and blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness!   This love (agape) is only attainable from God and demonstrated clearly through the cross. 
God is agape love.  Jesus came as incarnate love.  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”[3]  In Christ, we now have the capacity to demonstrate this supernatural love!  In fact, we pray, we prayerfully sing, and ask for an ever-increasing manifestation of this spiritual fruit in any and all ways! 
Our indwelling God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.[4]  How cool is that, our awesome loving God!  A regenerated heart!  An exchanged life empowered by God!  Therefore, agape love is manifest through our lives.  Love is patient, love is kind.  We resist envy, boasting, and pride!  The love of God indwelling is not rude nor self-seeking.  Brother/sister, love conquers anger and keeps no record of wrongs.  No lingering resentments!  Help me Lord, to reject evil, and rejoice with the truth.  Agape love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres! Love never fails.[5] 
My sincere prayer for you and myself is that this love from God will be manifest more and more in every context of our lives.  My family, my church family, the workplace, community, etc.,  In Christ, you know that longing, even a compelling from our gracious God to be filled with righteousness, discerning what is best, helping, serving, loving God and others, with supernatural joy overflowing!  All the while encouraged in our blessed assurance as we wait for his glorious appearing!  Always to the glory and praise of God!
Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900.
You are invited!  Faithful gals joining for a sweet hour of prayer.  It is certainly a time of encouragement and loving one another.  If you have a free hour on Friday morning, sisters in Christ gather to intentionally pray.  Check it out.
Brothers are meeting too!  Bethel Assembly. 1929 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0730
 A joy to meet with brothers!  Diverse guys from different fellowships united in love and committed to proclaiming the gospel!  Moreover, I am always encouraged to experience the love and faithfulness of brothers in Christ.  Let a brother know about the opportunity to be encouraged and join in prayer.  As the Spirit leads, we intentionally ask, seek, and knock.

[2] Philippians 1:9-11
[3] Romans 5:8
[4] Romans 5:5
[5] 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a