Published October 21, 2014
"Did I Mention?"
When was the last time you told the Lord in prayer that you love Him? Seriously. Simply, "Lord, I love you."
So often, that thought just doesn't come to mind as we pray. We're full of petitions asking for this, asking for that. But what about simply telling the Lord you love Him?
That was on songwriter Kyla Rowland's mind when she wrote the song the Perrys recorded called "Did I Mention?" On a recent broadcast, you heard her say this was, for her, a "very personal" song:
"I went to my little room and I started praying. And the Holy Spirit He's a comforter, but He can also rebuke. And that's what He did that day. The Holy Spirit just spoke to my heart ... and it was just like He was playing a recording of the prayers that I had been praying for the last few weeks.
"And all of them were, I need,' I want,' bless me,' give me...' And I felt so little... I said, Lord, what have I done?' And I knew I had done that and I was thoroughly reproved. And I said, Lord, let me pray now I'm gonna make this up to You,' like I could. But in my heart that's what I wanted to do.
"And so I just began to praise Him and I began to thank Him and tell Him how much I loved Him for His omnipotence but yet for His tenderness to me personally. And it was just a prayer of thanksgiving.
"And right in the middle of the prayer, I said, but Lord, did I mention that I love you?'
"You know, when the Holy Spirit comes sometimes He just hovers sweetly but sometimes He comes in power. And when I said, did I mention that I love you, did I mention, Lord, that I adore you?...' Well, I went straight to my piano and [wrote the song. It was a] simple little song, probably the most simple song that I have ever written, but it was sure precious to me."
"Did I mention that I love Him
How I worship and adore Him
When I can see no way, He makes a way.
And did I mention He's been faithful
To every promise He ever made me.
I love Him, that's all I want to say."1
So, when was the last time you told the Lord you love Him? Such an expression of love has a way of energizing your prayers. If you want to be like Him, you need to love, because God is love (1 John 4:8). Don't you love hearing someone say they love you? So does the Lord.
Although Kyla's song, above, is written in the third-person, I love the old hymn that addresses the Lord in the first-person:
"My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, tis now."2
And why does He deserve our complete and unqualified love?
"I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,3
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, tis now."4
So... Have you told the Lord today that you love Him? Whether you did or didn't, right now would be a great time to do it. Go ahead.
1. "Did I Mention," Kyla Rowland, chorus, Christian Taylor Music BMI.
2. "My Jesus, I Love Thee," William Featherston, 1864, 1st verse.
3. See 1 John 4:19.
4. "My Jesus, I Love Thee," 2nd verse.
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