Agape Prayer is about giving rather than getting. It’s a prayer not of petition nor of intercession. It is a prayer of giving ourselves to God out of love for Him.
In your Christian Devotions take some time to sit in God’s presence, to show up, and be present with Him. Let’s consider how this might work in today’s post.
1 Corinthians 13 says that selling all that we have to give to the poor and even martyrdom can be done out of self-serving reasons rather than love.
I define agape as the God kind of love, self-sacrificial for the benefit of another. So how can we begin to live this in such a way that is really denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him?
It can start with prayer. But first think, why do I pray? Is it to get something from God? Maybe it is to get peace or rest or refreshing. Am I monitoring my prayer time progress and rating it-“that was a refreshing time” or “that was dry”? If I am monitoring it, then it means it is still about me and what I got out of it-back to self again.
I believe there is a place we can begin maturing into wherein we go to God only for God. To seek Him just because we love Him and desire communion with Him. To give of ourselves to Him whether we receive anything in return or not. By practicing this self-sacrificing lifestyle in prayer, it can then more easily transfer into having agape one to another.