10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
John the apostle was 95 years old when he passed out. He is known in his epistles calling people children, may be because of his age. In this text, he doesn’t call us children but beloved. Then he pass his message to us “love one another’. This is followed by another powerful statement, “everyone who loves is born of God and knows God!” And the opposite? Verse 8 he says that “and those who does not love know not God”.
What does that mean to us in prayers? Love is not optional. It is a virtue that is in our veins if we love God. Many times, when I think about Love, God reminds me how he loved me. I was a sinner. I did not deserve his love at all. Yet, he gave his son Jesus to die for me. That’s what love can do. God gave his best to redeem us from our sins.
When we bow our knees before God in prayers, we MUST remember he loved us unconditionally. He purposed to love in whichever condition he found us. He knew he would be able to change us. That’s how we should love. When we approach God in prayers, and we have grudge, hatred, etc. the Holy Spirit grieves over us. God is love. He has demonstrated it with us. We have no reason why we should not love, if we are loved by Him.
Finally, light is more effective where darkness is present. Water is more needed on a dry ground! Love need to be expressed where there is opposite! Where people hates much, love is needed more. When we love, we are born of God, and knows Him.
Cheer up! You are not alone. God is with you and will help you to love.