“Living Life In Love With Jesus”
“Love Notes and Other Prayers”
Remember when you were in school and you would see those triangular little paper objects being passed around. The boys used them to play football with.
What are they?
Notes. You passed them back and forth to your best girl friends. You wrote “keep out” on the outside for eyes you didn’t want to see it’s contents.
You secretly hoped that the cute guy in the next row over would pass you one of his notes and were overjoyed when he did.
What did you want the note to say?
God has written us a whole book of love notes. Words of love, of plans for our future together, words to encourage us, to comfort us and to bring us joy.
We’re going to take a look at some of those love notes and then talk about how we can reply to those love notes with ones of our own.
First, lets look at some of the messages God has sent to us.
1. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have ever lasting life.”
2. Psalm 86: 5You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
3. Psalm 100: 5For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
4. Psalm 107: 8Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men,
5. Jeremiah 31: 3The LORD appeared to us in the past,A saying:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
6. Zephaniah 3: .. for the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He rejoices over you with gladness. With His love He will calm all your fears. He will exult over You with a happy song.”
This last verse makes my heart skip a beat at the impact of how much God loves me. I don’t deserve anything and yet He delights in me… 7. Psalm 147: 11the LORD delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Whenever we would get a note from that special boy, not only did we want to hear of his undying love for us, but we wanted to know what he was going to do about it. What were his plans for us: “You are the girl of my dreams and I want to spend the rest of my life loving you…”
God understands our need to know the plans He has for us, what kind of future He has in mind for our relationship with Him. Let’s see what the word says.
8. Jeremiah 29:11 . 11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
What is this scripture telling us about our future with God?
Song of Songs 2: 10My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.
11See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me."
God is the author of romance. He knows just what we long to hear.
In His love letters to us, God tells us about himself.
Isaiah 41: 10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What kind of assurance is God giving us about Himself in this verse?
Isaiah 43: 25"I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
What does knowing the truth in this verse do for us?
Isaiah 45: 5I am the LORD, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
6so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
men may know there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things.
What do these verses tell us about God?
Isaiah 46: 4Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
What peace and hope do we find in this verse?
John 3: 48I am the bread of life. . 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
What does this tell us about God ? What does it mean He is the Bread of life?
John 8: 12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
What kind of assurance does this verse give us about God?
John 10: 11"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Revelations 1: . 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
In these 2 verses God tells us truth about Himself that should give us eternal hope. How do these verses affect you?
We have discussed some the content of God’s love letters to us.
Next we’re going to talk about what we might want to put in our love letters to Him.
If you were writing a love note to God what would you want to say to Him?
We want to tell Him how we feel about Him.
We want to tell Him about our hopes and dreams with Him.
We want to share ourselves with Him and tell Him about ourselves.
Our love letters to God are our prayers. There are many different kinds of prayers.
Prayers of adoration: Luke 1:46-49
Prayers of thanksgiving: 1 Chronicles 16:8-10
Prayers of confession, asking for forgiveness: Psalm 139:23-24,
Psalm 51:1-2, 7
Prayers seeking God’s guidance: Psalm 119:33-37
Prayers of requests for provision, protection and help: Psalm 61: 1-4
Prayers for others: John 17:9-11, 21
Ways that we can pray.
On our knees:
The main thing in prayer is that we connect with God. We need to express our hearts to God as He expresses His heart to us through His Word and through His Holy Spirit.
We cannot fall in love with someone who we aren’t in touch with. The more in touch you are with God the more you will be able to live your life passionately in love with Jesus.
Read and reread God’s love notes to you. Search out your Bible to find fresh, new words of love that are just for you from the Father.
Express your heart to God in fresh new ways. Journal, sing, be still and listen more, walk and talk to him, get on your knees. Whatever it takes, keep your prayer life alive & exciting!
It will keep your love for God fresh and new!
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