A World-Lover’s Prayer
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2:15-17
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A World-Lover’s Prayer
Holy Father and God of All,
It is only in your initiating love that I can enter your presence at this moment (1 John 4:19). Your only begotten, Divine Son gave His blood to ransom my life (Matthew 20:28). In His name I come in a mixture of boldness and humility (Hebrews 4:16). For, it is only in your presence where mercy and grace are extended to sinners, like me, sick with world-love.
And there, I have laid my condition on the table. I have read John’s words, “if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 4:15). World-love? Yes, I fear that has crept inside my heart. Living for the temporary, I have embraced my world-love in the guise of words like “common sense” and “security.” I find my peace when funds are full, in food, in pleasure, in love from others. The problem revealed when a lack of those things, exposed my fear and dread. Worst of all, Father, your Word exposed my love for all the temporary things in life, viewing Your Son’s return with dread. I twist your Word with, “Come Lord! Come…but tomorrow please. I’m having too much fun here instead.” (Revelation 22:20).
Your Word, Your abiding Word has laid open and broken. For my world-loves are fleeting, vanishing in a breath. My world-love is building an empire that will be destroyed by moth and rust (Matthew 6:19-20). My world-love is at the heart loving the gift over the Giver. It usurps Your authority on my life, replacing all-satisfying You with my temporary reign (Romans 1:21). My world-love is damning. I feel Your Word now expose my hypocrisy. The love of the Father is not in the world-lover.
Take now Your scalpel, God, and conduct surgery on my heart. Quick God, please, before I take your Word lightly or explain it away, making excuses for my world-love. Whatever the cost, cut my world-love out at the root. The world is passing away. I do not want these temporary loves to get in the way of You. Take your all-seeing vision, expose any wicked in me, and crush it (Psalm 139:24). Let my goods and kindred go if that’s what it takes. I will lose everything if it means that I know you (Philippians 3:8). And if your surgery requires these losses, don’t let me go weeping like that rich young ruler in love with my temporary possessions (Mark 10:17-27).
Don’t stop there, please God! Lead me in the everlasting way (Psalm 139:24). Lead me back to the place where my hope is built. For, in His name I came to you, and only in His name I rest in you (Matthew 11:28-30). His blood has cleansed the foulest things. My wicked world-love He washes white as snow (Psalm 51:7).
And, Father, as I stand on your Sons righteousness, sin gone far as east from west, the moment when he claimed me as His own, I am so thankful. Thank you God. May I say this in every moment of my day in everything you give to me, good or hard, thank you! I step out today, your ambassador, proclaiming your goodness in every breath.
In Jesus’ name I pray and stand, Amen!