God’s Perfect Love


Examine Your Prayer Life

Key Bible Verse: So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 4:12-16

Fear is the roadblock to effectual prayer. But the answer to our fear may surprise you as well. It’s not courage. But rather, love. And not just any kinds of love, but a specific, supernatural love that the apostle John describes as follows: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us” (1 John 4:18-19, NKJV).

The perfect love of God is the answer to our fear. For only through the love of God can we enter into a relationship with him and his beloved Son Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6, NKJV). And it is only with this love that we can overcome the fear of exposed sin, the fear of transformational pain, and the fear of completely surrendering self to the awesome creator himself.

And who is this awesome God?

  • He is loving and merciful, abounding in goodness and truth (Ex. 34:6, NKJV).
  • He pardons iniquity and does not retain his anger forever. Why? Because he delights in mercy and will give us truth (Mic. 7:18-20, NKJV).
  • He “desires all men to be saved [that is love] and to come to the knowledge of truth:’ He is the one God, and his Son, the God-man Christ Jesus, “gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:4-6, NKJV).

This is the love that will conquer every fear that exists.

– Manny Mill in Radical Prayer

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