“Dear Heavenly Father,
I want to go deeper into you. In your word you said that God is love. I understand this to some degree, and try to walk in love as best as a person can, but I want the kind of love that Christ walked in. This unconditional, sacrificial, unselfish and passionate kind of love was the very power that took Christ all the way to the cross.
I realize that this commitment is one that I cannot turn back from. Once you baptize me in this kind of love, I will never be the same again. I am ready for this. I am tired of living in my selfish ways, and I know that I cannot do the work you have called me to do, if I am only thinking about my needs. I need this, Lord.
I am asking that the power of God consume and burn out every difficulty and obstacle that has stopped me from going deeper in love for others. I cast down the spirit of offense and un-forgiveness. I have been forgiven much, and I am willing to forgive others just as easily as Christ has forgiven me.
I pray over every believer that has been blessed with the faith to come and know Christ intimately to desire to know how to love just as Christ did. Draw your church leaders, missionaries, laymen and intercessory prayer groups into this deep, all-consuming unselfish kind of love, Lord.
As we learn what it is like to be truly unselfish, help strengthen us to know who we are in Christ so we can confidently set boundaries for the ones who like to test our love. Help us to see clearly and to be protected, always speaking the truth in love, just like Christ Himself.
In the name of Jesus, I am willingly coming to you, Lord asking for a baptism of my spirit into your love. Burn away all selfishness and replace those parts of me with sustainable, powerful love in action. Show me where I am unloving and help me to be sickened by it. I will turn from any activities that your Holy Spirit is grieved by. I will allow the Holy Spirit to lead me with love and joy, as that will be my strength.
This kind of love is supernatural, as I will not be able to do it in my own strength. Lord, fill me up to the brim. Let my fleshly vessel be overflowing with this love so much that I cannot contain it. I will not keep it to myself and to just my immediate circle of influence. I will be compelled to reach outside of my personal comfort zone. I will be comfortable to follow the leading of my heart. I will not stop the flow of love that God has put in my heart. I will not. I will allow the wisdom of God and the love of God to rule in my heart.In Jesus’ precious name, consume me with this love, Amen.”
Author: Julia Shalom Jordan