There’s a famous song telling us that “Love makes the world go round.”
This is certainly true, and not just for Christians. We get to experience different kinds of love throughout our life’s journey.
Our first love is usually for our parents and caregivers when we are infants. As Christians, we should seek to love and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, who is our ultimate caregiver.
As we grow up, we feel love for our immediate family, loved ones, close friends, and even pets. And, we should love ourselves — before we seek to attract love into our lives, we first need to start with self-love and building up our own self-esteem.
When we grow to maturity, we often hope for romantic love leading to marriage and having a family.
As Christians and people of faith, we express our enduring love for Jesus Christ. There’s no doubt that love is a powerful emotional state.
In this article, we’ll show you some love prayers and Bible verses that talk about the nature of love and teach us about love for our Heavenly Father and others.
There are many ways to pray about love. You can ask God for blessings over your family, husband or wife, and children in your daily prayers. You can also offer thanks for your bountiful life and the world around us.
When learning how to pray for love, the scriptures are a great place to start, as they can remind us what love is.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 gives us a beautiful description of love, and this can help us understand what it is we are praying for:
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide by these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
And, as 1 John 4:16 reminds us, the ultimate meaning of love is God himself.
God also instructs us to extend our love beyond ourselves and those who are easy to love; we should also love our enemies and those who hurt us. Our prayers for love should extend to these people too.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45).
Many single Christians often want to use their prayers to ask Jesus to help them find their soulmate or their life partner. You want to be sure that the person you attract shares your Christian faith and has similar values.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 21:22 that if you ask, you shall receive.
When we talk to our Father in heaven, we can ask that He help guide us to find perfect, real love and, hopefully, our soulmate. The path to true love starts by having faith in Jesus Christ and believing that He will help guide us throughout our lives.
To find true love, you also need to practice self-love, which is about increasing your self-worth and believing that you are worthy of being loved.
Remember that God loves you. He made you in His image. When you feel confident and happy with yourself, you’re more likely to attract a purer, more unconditional love into your life.
Whether you’re praying for true love, a love of nature, or love in general, here are five prayers you can use:
“Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect. Amen.”
Please make our relationship a great and holy adventure.
May our joining be a sacred space.
May the two of us find rest here, a haven for our souls.
Remove from us any temptation to judge one another or to direct one another.
We surrender to You our conflicts and our burdens.
We know You are our Answer and our rock.
Help us to not forget.
Bring us together in heart and mind as well as body.
Remove from us the temptation to criticize or be cruel.
May we not be tempted by fantasies and projections, but guide us in the ways of holiness.
Save us from darkness.
May this relationship be a burst of light.
May it be a fount of love and wisdom for us, for our family, for our community, for our world.
May this bond be a channel for Your love and healing, a vehicle of Your grace and power.
As lessons come and challenges grow, let us not be tempted to forsake each other.
Let us always remember that in each other, we have the most beautiful woman, the most
beautiful man, the strongest one, the sacred one in whose arms we are repaired.
May we remain young in this relationship.
May we grow wise in this relationship.
Bring us what You desire for us, and show us how You would have us be.
Thank you, dear God, You who are the cement between us.
Thank You for this love. Amen.
A prayer by St Francis of Assisi invites us to offer thanks to God for the “sublime beauty” in nature and our world.
This is a powerful prayer about love and giving thanks to God for the beauty around us:
“Dear Lord, please reveal to us your sublime beauty
that is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere so that we will never again
My divine love, my love, Please let us touch your face.”
God is our ultimate teacher, and prayers are a great way for us to tell Him what we hope to learn. Here is a prayer asking God to teach you about love:
“Almighty God, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for me.
I thank you that there is no human experience that I might walk through where your love cannot reach me.
If I climb the highest mountain, you are there, and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, you are there.
Teach me today to love you more.
Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.”
The Prayer of St Francis helps us remember that love is more than just a feeling. Love is an action, too:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.”
Those of us who are believers and followers of Christ want to be reassured that love and fulfilment are within our grasp. And they are — our God gave us the gift of love when He sent His son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us. He loves us perfectly, and in that we should rejoice.
The Bible tells us: “We love because He first loved us” (John 4:19).
Our first loving relationship must be with our Heavenly Father. When we truly follow and love Jesus Christ, we learn how to more authentically love our fellow human beings.
Proverbs 21:22 tells us: “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”