Kindness Speaks Volumes – Prayer Shows Kindness
Key Bible Verse: I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. – 1 Timothy 2:1
Dig Deeper: John 17
When we are in fellowship with God, his love enters us and remains in us. When we show kindness to others, his love is revealed through us.
Love, in this sense, benefits both the recipient and the one who gives it. It is what enables us to become happy people.
Prayer is a great example of this. Describing the prospect of his release from prison, Paul tells the Philippian Christians, “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ: this will turn out for my deliverance”( Phil. 1:19).
It is almost as if Paul is putting the prayers of the Philippians on par with the help of the Holy Spirit as one of the things that gives him hope for his release. Praying, then, is a powerful act of kindness to another.
When we show kindness to others by praying for them, we are also in intimate touch with God, who is the source of love. This dynamic relationship with God through prayer opens up our lives for intimacy with God, which also means our lives are opened up for an inrush of God’s love. Thus, love is coming in from God through vital contact with him and going out from us as we pray for others.
—Ajith Fernando in Reclaiming Love
My Response: As I pray for people this week, I will keep in mind that prayer is a way to demonstrate my love for them.
Thought to Apply: There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.—William Law (British cleric, writer)
Adapted from Reclaiming Love (Zondervan, 2013)