February 13, 2016

Marriage On Lent Day #1

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. 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. Here is our first contribution to the blog in this series. 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.

Much thanks to David Conner of Abilene, TX  for his guest post here today.

Prayer for Marriage's
Father, thank you for your ultimate example of reconciliation. Thank you for not giving up on us in our sin but instead sending your son into the mess to rise victorious as the final sacrifice. Father please reveal to those in their own personal mess' that you are on your throne and that you have already gone before us and you have chosen life for each of us. And not just average ordinary life, but ABUNDANT life! Right now I claim this promise for those struggling to find you and know you in their relationships. We claim the power of prayer over the works of satan and bind him in the power of your name. All praise and glory be unto the lamb that was slain, through Jesus' powerful name we claim these things. Amen.

Message from the Heart
Through the ups and downs of marriage in both the good times and bad it has always helped me to remember that when we put the needs of others ahead of our own desires, amazing things happen. This sounds so simple but it is so profound. It is a daily decision, just like our Christian walk, to set aside our selfish desires and choose to live for others.

Philippians 2:3-8
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!


Cathy Messecar said...

Tammy what a godsend--you and these posts dedicated to prayer for marriages. I am compiling a list today of newlwyweds and longtime couples. Thank you!