“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:13
Dear Praying Friends,
Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s the time of year to buy chocolates, flowers, and cards to share with our loved ones. But what about the ones in our lives who aren’t so lovable? What about Jesus’ command in Mark 12:30-31 when He tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”?
As Jesus tells us, “There is no commandment greater than these.”
Ouch, WOW! That’s hard! I want to – and try to – show my love to God, but honestly, I have some unlovable “neighbors.” How about you? How can we do that when it goes against our human nature? Two ways come to my mind:
1) Remember and imitate our Heavenly Father: "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
2) Prayer! Pray for the unlovables in our lives. Matthew 5:44 reminds us of Jesus’ words, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Once again, prayer is key!
As you pray for your loved ones, and your enemies, will you also pray for Luis, Andrew, Kevin and the LPA ministry team as they proclaim the Good News to our lovable and unlovable lost “neighbors?”
Please open the following reports for our regional prayer requests:
Africa | Gita Santangelo & Kheri Schaar | Report > > >
Asia | Connie Luebke & Gail Link | Report > > >
North America | Vicky Burgess & Michelle Palau | Report > > >
Europe | Caryn Ogle & Kim Grimberg | Report > > >
Central and South America | Kheri Schaar & Janet Cabascango | Report > > >
Caribbean | Debbie Jamison & Glenda Kraus | Report > > >
Forward this email to your praying friends and invite them to join us. They can sign up at www.nationalprayerteam.org to receive future emails and prayer requests. If it helps, print out the requests and keep them in a spot where you’ll remember to pray. (It helps me!)
Thank you for showing your love by praying for Luis and Andrew and the team as they sow seeds of God’s love around the world to all by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory, honor and praise!
Love in Jesus,
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13