It is interesting to think about the idea of a somber, emotionless God. Many people, from many different religions, view God this way. A higher power that sits above with no emotion- just power and a will I suppose. However, the God of the Bible is definitely not emotionless, and Jesus showed us that in how He demonstrated the Father.
One of the most precious passages of scripture to me that shows Jesus’ prayer life is found in John chapter 17. It is hard not see Jesus’ heart for His disciples, and the future saints to come, as He intercedes here. Take a moment and read the full chapter.
I want to submit to you today that Jesus prayed with emotion. The emotion of man, and the emotion of God. In fact, to put it simpler, man made in the image of God, is full of emotions, and Jesus demonstrated how to channel those emotions in prayer. Jesus taught us about the Father’s emotions toward us. In John 16:27, Jesus tells the disciples that the Father loves them. It would seem the Lord Jesus found it very important to make sure we knew how the Father feels about us- and likewise, it was important to Him to stay in a constant awareness of the Father’s love and pleasure toward Jesus too. Let’s take a look at some of the emotions of God.
God is Compassionate.
God is full of Joy.
Moved by emotions
Jesus was moved by emotions to pray, and He prayed with emotions. A great example of being moved with emotion to prayer is in the garden of Gethsemane.
I want to leave you with two thoughts to ponder along with me this week.
First, emotions are good. It is healthy to “feel”.
In what ways do you feel your emotions are unhealthy? Ask the Lord as you meditate on the emotions of God in the verses above, to work in the soulish areas of your life He may be highlighting.
Second, when we pray with emotion, we are connecting to God’s emotions. Ask the Lord to show you how to come into alignment with His emotions. Chose one of the passages which emotion stands out to you as ‘needing truth’ in that area the most, to meditate on and ask for alignment in.
Personally this week, I want to intentionally seek as I ask the Lord, “How do You feel”? I want to get better acquainted with His emotions. I know that this is a secret to helping me hear from Him and being led by Him as I look for persons of peace to share the Gospel with.
Have an amazing week!