March 06, 2016

Marriage on Lent Day #18

I am hoping you will join us on our 40 day journey of praying for the marriage's of those around us. My sweet friend told me once, "wedding problems are always a spiritual battle," and so with our prayers to the Father, they will be our weapons to fight with God for the hearts and unions of those around us. So get your list and join us in prayer.  The guest posts will bless those who are praying and also those of us who are married or know married people. I love that each post is very different. Get ready for some wonderful encouragement and powerful thoughts and prayers. Enjoy these blessings.

Thank you to Sarah Stirman for her guest post here today.

Prayer for Marriages

Father, today I pray for marriages that are hurting.
I pray for healing of the hurts that may go so very very deep. I pray for a spirit of forgiveness that is beyond understanding or reason. I pray for each heart, that it may be filled to overflowing with your love, and truly feel loved.
I pray for those marriages that are thriving. Bind Satan and keep him from attacking. Keep them ever watchful and mindful and nurturing their marriage.
Lord, thank you so much for those that have a legacy of long marriages in our community. Thank you for the way they model Your faithfulness to each other and to all of us.
Lord, may each of us spend every day drawing closer to You that we may love our spouse with Your perfect, unselfish love. Father, lead us to be holy as you are holy, that we may love Your child, our spouse, the way you would have us.
Lord, every day we fail at that whole “being holy” thing -- so allow us to see that our spouse will fail, too. Yet let us join hands and unite as one to draw closer to You.
Father, thank You so much for your mercy, that allows us to be merciful to our spouses, and gives us the opportunity to start over ever day. May we spend each of those days drawing closer to You, and using our lives and our marriages as a light for You.
It’s only because of the blood of Your son Jesus that we may offer this prayer, Amen.

Message from the Heart

The best perspective on marriage that has made a dramatic difference to me personally was from Gary Thomas, author of “Sacred Marriage.” He said, “Consider the possibility that marriage for your own happiness and as a romantic institution is a Hollywood idea. What if marriage were for your own holiness, instead of your happiness?” Yes! For marriage to be for my happiness -- which, for many years I firmly believed it was -- is a selfish view and will leave me disappointed much of the time.
To consider marriage to be for my holiness -- as an opportunity to serve God as well as one of His children -- isn’t always easy, but the rewards can be great.
Also, in the hectic and stressful times, when life seems to peck away and erode the foundation of our marriage until the littlest things become monumental arguments, we have to step back and remind each other: “You know, we’re on the same team, ultimately working toward the same thing: Glorify Him, help each other get to heaven, and get these little souls we brought into the world to heaven.” Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and a step back and remember that.

Scripture

 2 Corinthians 5:17-21:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

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