5 Verses to Pray for the Blessing of Lasting Love

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Hi Friends, it is hard for me to find the words right now … Rev’s struggle with ALS is over and he is safely in the arms of Jesus. I am so very thankful for the lasting love I have shared with this wonderful man.

I write my posts in advance, so you will still hear from me in the days ahead. But please be patient if I’m unable to respond to your comments as quickly as I’d like.

You are all so dear to me. Please keep our family in your prayers. My heart is broken and I’m feeling overwhelmed. I know the Lord is with us and we are leaning into Him every moment of every day.

We all want the blessing of lasting love but we know that not all loving relationships last forever. There is one perfect example of unfailing love that lasts & that's God. He is the source of love.

The Bible tells us that God’s love never fails and lasts forever. It tells us that not only is God the source of love but that He is LOVE. (1 John 4:8)

Just a few verses later John added…

We love each other because He loved us first.

1 John 4:19

If we want to be blessed with lasting love here and now, we must begin with God.

Why? Because God’s love is eternal. And when His love is shared between people who KNOW, LOVE, and TRUST Him, it not only lasts throughout our earthly lives … it lasts throughout our eternal lives.

That really is love that lasts forever.

We all want the blessing of lasting love but we know that not all loving relationships last forever. There is one perfect example of unfailing love that lasts & that's God. He is the source of love.

Let’s pray today and ask God to help us faithfully share His lasting love with the people He has graciously placed around us…

Verses to Pray for the Blessing of Lasting Love

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Father, You are the Giver of strength and courage. You encourage me with faith, hope, and love. Your Word and Spirit encourage me to live according to Your will and follow the path You have prepared for me. Thank you!

I pray and ask that You will help me take the encouragement that You have given to me and willingly and lovingly share it with the people You place in my life. I want to encourage them with words, actions, and attitudes. I want them to see Your love in me. I want to be someone who encourages love that begins here and lasts forever and always. Amen.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:22–23

Father, forgive me. I know I don’t love well on my own. I need Your help. I need Your Spirit with me and within me. I need help to live with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I need help to love as You desire.

On my own, I am selfish and critical. I am impatient and irritable. And I am inconsistent with gentleness and self-control. I want to be faithful, good, and kind but Lord, I fall short every single day. I sin against You and the people I love. I’m so sorry and ask for Your forgiveness and Your help to love as You desire. Amen.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

Ephsians 4:2–3

Yes, Father, I want to be humble and gentle so that I might use the freedom I have in Christ Jesus to serve well the people You have given me to love. I want to be humble and gentle so that I might remain mindful of my need for patience and therefore, patiently love even when it’s hard. I want to forgive the way I have been forgiven by You.

I want to love like Jesus. I want to work for peace as He instructed. I want to live each day with the peace that passes understanding. Please give me everything I need to love the way You desire, to love the way Jesus demonstrated, to love the way the Spirit leads. Amen.

We all want the blessing of lasting love but we know that not all loving relationships last forever. There is one perfect example of unfailing love that lasts & that's God. He is the source of love.

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 

1 Peter 4:8

Father, Your love sent Jesus to suffer the punishment for my sins. Jesus’ love made Him willing to suffer my punishment. Your love and His sacrifice completely cover the multitude of my sins.

Please help me forgive as I have been forgiven. Help me love as You love me. Help me look beyond the surface to the hearts of the people closest to me. Help me see You in them. Help me shine the light of Your love for Your glory. Amen.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13–14

Heavenly Father, It’s not always easy to love. Sometimes we get hurt. Selfishness and pride get in the way of perfect love and occasionally we suffer the pain of rejection. By the power of Your Spirit, please give me relationship wisdom and discernment so that I might love as You desire even when people don’t treat me as I desire.

Please help me keep my focus on You to remain strong and courageous in all situations and circumstances. And Lord, no matter what is going on around me, please help me do everything with love. Please, Lord, love people through me. Help us so that we might enjoy lasting love not only with You but with one another. I praise You and thank You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

We all know that lasting love takes intentional effort from both individuals.

God gives people free will. His love is perfect and unfailing but He gives us the freedom to be embraced in His love or reject it.

It’s the same with all our relationships. We can try to love sacrificially and give it our complete attention and effort but people still have the freedom to love in return or not.


What do we do?

  1. We love the Lord above everything and everyone else in our lives.
  2. We pray for His love to flow through us always.
  3. We encourage the people we love to love the Lord.
  4. We ask Him to bless our relationships with His love.

And we apply these powerful words of C. S. Lewis…

“Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”

May the Lord bless you and fill your life with beautiful relationships and lasting love.

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  1. Carmen Jones-Wilder says:

    You and your family have my sincerest condolences. May you be comforted by the Holy Spirit as you have comforted countless others through your devotionals. And after you have suffered a little while, our Father God himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🫶🏽🫶🏽

    1. Lily Gingerich says:

      Dear Deb,
      I am so sorry for your loss! I know how hard it is to lose your husband and just as you have blessed me through your encouraging words weekly I want to encourage you! You have Jesus now as your husband and you will sense a much deeper relationship with Him as you know and see His protection and provision at a greater level! Jesus is a wonderful Savior, He will carry you through until the battles done and the victory is won my Lord will carry you through! I am praying for you! Be blessed!

  2. So sorry for you and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. May Gods love, strength and comfort surround you and your family. I so appreciate your words of encouragement that get delivered each week to my inbox. Thank you❤

  3. Tania Mitchell says:

    My heart and prayers are with you and your family. My husband went home to the Lord almost 2 years ago after a 16 month battle with cancer. It is a blessing get to love and serve them through their illness, and at the same time so hard and so heartbreaking. I am so very sorry for your loss. May the love of God envelope you and may you find perfect peace in His love as He draws you closer in your grief.

  4. God bless you always and in this heartbreaking time for you. I am so sorry to read of your loss. Yes, our loved ones are loved by our Savior. From one widow to another, Love, Linda

  5. Angie Scales says:

    My heart and prayers go out to your family Deb, in this time of HIGE sadness – you are all in my prayers ❤️🙏❤️

  6. Debra Coleman says:

    I enjoy reading this devotion. I appreciate your willingness to share with us. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. I love You.

  7. Kathy Francescon says:

    Ooh Deb, my precious and beloved friend and teacher. My heart pierced with pain for you as I read your words this morning. To say I am so very sorry is not enough to adequately express the emotions I feel for you and your family. I am grieving for you, I am grieving with you. I am praying in all earnestness
    for God to hold You and bless you with His abiding comfort. I so wish I could be there for you, for more than just words…oh Deb, take all the time you need. We are all here for you, just as you have been here for us. Please lean on us, the way you have allowed us to lean on you…I know God is the strength of your heart and your greatest source of comfort. My prayers will be constant for you and your family.
    There will be only one set of foot prints in the sand…God will be carrying you through this most difficult and heart breaking journey.
    “Prayers are for those who are too far away to hug.” All my love, I am sending you this moment, this day, and the days ahead…my tears fall for you, my beloved and cherished teacher and friend.

  8. Barb Cook says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I really appreciate your devotional. They have been so inspirational and encouraging to me. Thank you!

  9. I am so sorry you lost your beloved husband. He is in heaven in perfect health now with Jesus. Hang in there.
    Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

  10. Many prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for your wonderful biblical messages, which are so encouraging and inspiring for all our live’s daily battles.

  11. Martha Orlando says:

    Oh, Deb, my heart is breaking for you, dear friend! This news certainly shook me deeply. I’m in prayer for you at this time, and I will continue to pray that you will find comfort and solace in our Lord. May Rev go from strength to strength in the light of perfect service. He will be sorely missed . . .

  12. Shelley Scarborough says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss. I know the journey you have been in has not been easy and exhausting. I pray God will give you rest and comfort. I pray God will give you all you need in your minutes, hours and days because right now that’s all you need to focus on. God bless you.

  13. I’m so sorry to be reading this. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I’m sending prayers of peace, comfort and strength as you go through this sad time. RIP Rev.

  14. Prayers go out to you and your family in this time of need. Lean on those who surround you for strength and comfort, as you have been strength and comfort for others.
    Blessings, Emmie

  15. Ken Martin says:

    Hello Deb, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of your beloved husband. There are no words to adequately describe the depth of pain. Praise God for the gift that He gave you all of the years that you had together and for the knowledge that you will one day see him again! May the Holy Spirit bless you and hold you dear.

  16. Raquel G. says:

    Dear sister in Christ,

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Rev. I send my heartfelt condolences. May YHWH bring you and your family solace, and strength in the days ahead. And may His infinite love and grace fill your hearts and bring you peace.
    Give your voice onto the Lord and know that He will guide you through.
    You don’t have to feel alone, YHWH will
    never leave your side!
    “ Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”~ Matthew 5:4.

  17. Martha Brown says:

    Hello Deb I’m so sorry to hear about Rev’s passing. I pray that God grants you and your family His peace which surpasses all understanding in knowing that he is now safe in the presence of the Lord. May God give you the strength to continue in the vineyard of the Lord. God bless you and your family.

  18. Elizebeth says:

    I am sorry for your loss. My heart hurts foryou and your family as you go through these next weeks and months of learning to live without your beloved. I promise to pray for your peace and strength each day. God bless you.

  19. I am so sorry to hear your sad news. I pray that the Lord surrounds you and your family with his love and that you can trust in him.
    Thank you for your posts of teaching and encouragement, and I pray that you too will be encouraged and blessed.

  20. Deb,

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. You have been through so much and you are a strong woman. I know that God will continue to pour out His love and strength to you now as well. May God bless you and keep you and may you feel the embrace of his everlasting arms, and may His peace envelope you. Always and Forever your Friend,
    Much Love,

  21. Praying for you and your family 🙏❤️🙏 you are such a blessing to me
    God has you in the palm of his hand

  22. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May the God of all comfort comfort you and fill you with peace, love and light.
    Grace. Goodness. Mercy.❤️🙏🏽

  23. Sandy Rundell says:

    Blake & I are so sad to hear of the passing of your Blake. We have such fond memories of the two of you and the ironic Blake-Blake bond of pericarditis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. He will be missed. May the promise of the resurrection give you peace and comfort now and in the days ahead. With sympathy and Love.
    Blake & Sandy Rundell

  24. Catherine Richards says:

    I am sorry for the empty space that has been left in your life. I pray God will fill you with peace that passes understanding and that he will bless you at this time. May Rev be filled with awe as he is finally home with his Jesus!

  25. Sanna Teer says:

    My deepest sympathy on the death of your dear husband.

    My husband of 43 years died two years ago. I had been reading in the Psalms and noticed how often God said he is close to the broken hearted, he heals the broken hearted, he is near to the broken hearted, so my daily prayer became, Please heal my broken heart. I have prayed that every morning since my love died and two years later I’m stunned at how faithful God has been in answering that prayer. I still love and miss my husband, but the anguish has eased so much–more than I ever would have believed possible You will grieve in your own way and on your own schedule, but be comforted that God still loves you, is still faithful and that your man is now perfectly at home with the Savior. My love to you dear sister in Christ.

  26. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

  27. Lynn Brown says:

    I am praying for God’s peace and comfort for you and all Rev’s family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

  28. Sandra Cox says:

    May you feel the prescence of God, as He gives you strength, comfort, peace and assurance to get through these hard times and the loneliness to come.
    Thank you for send us encouraging words when your heart is breaking. You are such a great example of a Godly Woman. Prayers and blessings to you and your family. Sandra Cox

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  30. Judith McClenaghan says:

    So sorry for your lose Deb!! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning, God bless you and your precious family!! Lots of love ❤️❤️

  31. Ana Cordova says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and your family that God gives you strength and comfort. Just like you bless us with your beautiful prayers our Lord will bless you for all that you do for others. He is your rock and will never forsake you. Please take the time for grieving and may God Bless you.🙏♥️

  32. Much live and many prayers for you and your family Deb.

  33. I’m so very sorry for your loss, and I pray the Lord will bring peace and comfort, strength and more love into your life.

  34. I am so sorry to hear the loss of your husband! Praying for you and your family. God is faithful to his children, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and He will give you peace and comfort for the days and years ahead! Thank you for the amazing service God is working thru you! Love Mary

  35. Eve Carlson says:

    My sincere sympathy in the homegoing of your beloved Rev.
    May you know our Lord’s indwelling peace, love, strength and deepest comfort in the days ahead.
    Lovingly and prayerfully,

  36. Deb, I am so sorry for your loss and am praying you will find comfort, peace and strength from the One who gives it perfectly and fully. I pray you will also be comforted by knowing all who you have blessed through your writing will be holding you in prayer.

  37. Deb, my most warmest and deepest sympathy. May God grant you His peace that surpasses all understanding. May you be conforted in knowing our Father in Heaven is always with you, He sees and knows all concerning you and will strengthen you for the journey ahead, stay encouraged in Jesus Name.

    Much Love.

  38. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Praying for your peace and thank you for your emails. 😘

  39. Jo Scharpe says:

    I am so sorry to read of the passing of your dear Rev. May God hold you as you begin your next chapter. I pray for your comfort as well as your family. May all your wonderful memories help sustain you now and on the road ahead.🙏❤️🫶❤️🙏

  40. Mary Nelson says:

    Deb, very sad to hear of Rev’s death, I pray you and your family are able to grieve well taking time to talk , cry and laugh together it’s so important, don’t try to be to strong for everyone else, let those close to you know you need hugs and there time too, do not think everyone is too busy to take time for you and that you are not important enough because you are. It’s hard not to try and hold it all together for everyone else thinking they need your support, and of course you all need to support and encourage each other whilst, sobbing and laughing a lot too whilst you remember the good times that’s very important too.
    Take care of yourself. Lots of love to you and all your family, blessings to you all and many hugs , I shall be praying for you and your family , Mary 🥰❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏