A Quick Prayer For Increasing & Overflowing Love

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There is a prayer that the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians that I pray a lot.  It is a quick prayer for love, but it is powerful and the Lord has blessed our family in it.  If you believe in Jesus, I recommend adding this prayer to your prayer life!

Here is that prayer:

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

1 Thessalonians 3:12

I pray the Lord makes the love He put in our hearts increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else!  This world desperately needs God’s love!  Love comes from God because God is love and we need His love overflowing in our lives.  It is only because of God that we are able to love at all!  Without God, we don’t even know what love is and we don’t know how to love.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.”

1 John 4:7-19

It is important to know what kind of love God has living inside of those who believe in Jesus.  It is also important to understand that because God is love, God’s character is made up of everything that defines His love.  The following verses in 1 Corinthians (known as the love verses) are the ultimate definition of God’s love and God’s character.

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

That is true love that every human being on earth needs and that is how God loves us!  That is also how He wants us to love one another!  There is no fear in His perfect love!  He is patient and kind and He wipes away our sins through faith in Jesus and keeps no record of wrongs!  We can trust in His love, rely on His love, and we are made complete in His love!  Let Jesus shower you with His love today and may His love always increase and overflow in our hearts forever!

Grace and peace to you all!

“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”

1 John 3:11

Author: Author Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an Independent Christian Author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and every day minister to whomever God sends my way. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know the Lord Jesus, help them understand the Bible and apply it in their every day lives, and minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you!

34 thoughts on “A Quick Prayer For Increasing & Overflowing Love”

  1. Great post and great reminder. This was the same subject in Jesus Calling for today…..I’m hearing it as the answer to many questions I have had this week…..God Bless you and your family and thank you for letting Him work through you!!

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  2. I regularly ask God to expand my capacity to love. To see others with His eyes and to love them with His love. I started this practice about 10 years ago. It’s amazing how quickly my judgemental attitude diminished when I started to sincerely pray this. And how my life has been enriched by the realtionships I’ve formed. The greatest of these is love…

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  3. Amen, Ryan!!! Jesus spread the word of God’s love when he first began telling anyone who would listen, and he told his deciples to do the same, and nothing has changed in all these centuries, so thank you for this beautiful inspiring post! Amen!

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