We know that this fallen world produces many things that seek to block us from receiving and experiencing your love. Each barrier becomes a giant that blocks our path, a thief that steals our name, a prison that ties us up or a grave that holds us down. But you took away fear when you forgave our guilt and covered our shame. When you left the prison of your grave you cut the path for us to do that, too. Help us see what you have done so that nothing might ever hold us down or keep us from experiencing the love you have.
In complete surrender, we kneel before you, our Father, the One who made us, named us and loves us more than we can know. And we ask you to use your limitless riches to strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being so that Christ may fully dwell in our hearts through faith.
Would you please root us and establish us in love and give us the power with all your people to grasp the unfathomable scale of your love. Lord, we want to know this love in a way that touches us and transforms us personally and relationally.
Reveal to us whatever it is that blocks us from receiving your love, whether that be fear, shame, guilt, pride, disappointment, dashed dreams, disease, physical suffering, emotional trauma or any number of countless and false barriers that stand in the way. Reveal them to us and then strip them from us, Lord. We want to be yours.
And as we learn to surrender to your love and so receive your love for us, help us also learn to express your love to others.