1 John 3:16–24
"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us."
Lord Jesus, we only know true love because You have demonstrated it for us in laying down Your life to save us. Help us to reflect Your love by also laying down our lives for one another, just as You have asked us to do. Teach us to be generous as You have been unimaginably generous to us. Let us see the needs of those around us, whether they are spiritual or physical. Help us be eager and quick to see and meet those needs. Show us the joy found in generosity.
Pray for yourself: Pray that God would give you a heart of generosity, giving out of everything He has given you. Ask God to teach you how to reflect the generosity of Christ in your specific circumstances.
Pray for those closest to you: Pray that you and those closest to you would model generosity toward one another and those you come into contact with. Pray that you and your loved ones would learn how to lay down your lives for one another.
Pray for your local church: Ask the Lord to make your local church one that is marked by and known for an uncommon generosity among your community. Pray that all those who come in contact with a member of your church would be struck by their generous spirit.
Pray for the worldwide church: Pray that Christians would be known as the most generous people around the world—that Christians everywhere would give sacrificially to others as a way to demonstrate Christ’s love. Pray that we would follow after Christ in laying down our lives for others.