This prayer was delivered as a Blessing of Love at the Raytown Vinyeard Church on Sunday, February 13, 2011 by Lead Pastor Tim Truesdale:
Our Father who is in Heaven, we pause right now on Valentine’s Weekend and declare that you are the Sovereign God. You are Holy. You are mighty. You are worthy of all of our praise.
We ask that you would reach down and grant us access to the heavenly realms where you are seated. We ask you to lift us up to your holy throne. Although none of us is worthy, we ask you to cover us with your love and with the blood of Jesus.
God, on this Valentine’s Day we humbly recognize that none of us is capable of generating pure love without you filling us with your Holy Spirit. It truly takes God to love God. Come and fill us, Holy Spirit.
We stop to consider your first commandment~which is to love You with all our hearts. O God, we are amazed at the lengths you have gone to demonstrate what wholehearted Love looks like. We are amazed every time we think that you would your place of glory to show us how much you love us. So you could show us how earnestly the Father desired to woo us to Himself.
We say that you have loved humanity so well. We say that you have loved our country so well. We say that you have loved our community so well. We say that you have loved our church so well. We say that you have loved our families so well. We say that you have loved us so well.
And our Loving God, at the very center of your call to us, you invite us to direct our entire lives around your love for us, and our love for you.
We are bold to step up and confess today that we have not loved you with our whole hearts. We have enjoyed brief moments of sweet intimacy with you, and then we have sadly moved on to lesser pursuits.
To be perfectly honest, we have pursued pleasures that are unworthy of those who have experienced the God of Love. We have pursued “good” things that are not Your best for us. And we have even been so wrapped up with serving you that we have at times lost track of your primary desire—and your first commandment—for us to love you with all our hearts.
O God of Love, we come before you today with hearts that are aching from great need. We need you to stir up Love for You in us. We come as humbly as we can. Not because of any spiritual achievement on our part, but because of your great love and mercy towards us.
For this personal and corporate shortcoming at loving you less then wholeheartedly, we are truly sorry, we humbly repent, and we seek your loving forgiveness.
In Jesus name, we bless each one who is here today with an overflow of unlimited Love for God, without measure. Dear God of Love, for the sake of Your Love, we bless each person in our church and community who is need today of a refilling and refueling of Love for you.
And we invite you to remind us again and again of your word that you have brought us to your banqueting table, and your banner over us is love.
I speak words of Love over our church and our community, I am bold to declare that we will pursue unashamedly to fall more in love with you each and every day, as long as you give us the strength and the Love to continue.
All this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.