Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
Faith, love and prayer, these things should always walk together, they should be inseparable companions as we trudge this Christian road. Peter talks about our belief in Jesus and the marvelous truth that he has given us a living hope and an inheritance reserved in heaven that cannot be defiled or fade away. He then says in; 1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. To me this is the very definition of faith. That even though our circumstances may be very difficult to bear at any given time, we rejoice. Our faith is a real and tangible thing, it causes us to rejoice in the face of the enemy because we love Jesus. We absolutely trust Him. We absolutely trust what the Word says about Him. Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:12; For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. Faith means we don’t tell God how big our problems are rather we tell our problems how big our God is. Faith, love and prayer… Out of our faith comes love. Faith always precedes true agape love. Faith strengthens us for the sacrificial nature of love. We cannot love if we do not have faith. Love is selfless and without faith we are completely self-driven. Without faith we are consumed with trying to control the rising and ebbing tides of our lives. There can be no fruits of love when we are so completely inward looking. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us; Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. For these traits to exist there has to be a measure of true and unbridled faith in the heart of the believer. It says plainly that love does not seek its own. This brings us to the prayer part of this trilogy of characteristics. Romans 12:10-13; Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. This passage exemplifies the threefold majesty of faith, love and prayer. Because our faith is established we are able to have empathy and compassion for the saints as well as the lost person. This faith and empathy leads us to a true agape love for we see ourselves and our needs in the lives of others and we realize that we are loved and cared for by the same gracious God. We become aware of the familial nature of the Christian life. Prayer is the glue that holds it all together. We pray for God’s light, we pray for God’s provision, we pray that God would bless our brothers and sisters in Christ and we pray that we could bless God by being fervent in spirit, serving Him, by rejoicing in hope and being patient in tribulation.
“Lord today I will express my faith in the actions of love and prayer. I will not seek my own but will seek instead to be a blessing in the lives of others. If I see a need I will endeavor to fill it my God.”