You and your Son, Jesus, model for us how we can have deep connected friendships. Jesus, your son, is in closest relationship with you. His devotion to you made it possible to be the exact representation of you. Yes, Jesus is God, but his love for you is what we as your children need to grasp. Jesus looked forward to his time in prayer (conversation) with you. His alone time with you was precious and would not be interrupted for you were and are His priority always.
We live in a culture where intimate friendships are rare and even guarded. We take prayer lightly even look at it like it’s a duty not a relationship. Lord, forgive us for not obeying your command, to love each other like Christ has loved you and us. Forgive us for not loving you deeply in prayer. Forgive us for looking at our relationship like it’s a duty. Jesus demonstrated service to his disciples and told them to love one another. It’s hard to love one another when we are only about ourselves. Forgive us for our selfishness.
I lift up our church body. We are at a time when we need to show true love for each other; where commitment is at the core of our relationship. Commitment is a passing option in our lives. Yet, Jesus commands us to love with commitment even when we don’t feel happy or satisfied. Even in change we can feel we have permission to stop our commitment to one another. Forgive us when we are tempted to do so. In our growth groups, create an environment of closeness, accountability, devotion, and strong discipleship. Take us where we are today in our relationships and move us to a better place at the end of our session.
We love you, Lord. To talk with you, and walk with you, and call you our Father is a privilege. Call us to your heart and may we listen and follow.
In Jesus name,
John 1:18; Acts 2:42; John 15:12, 17; Luke 5:16