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Monday, November 30, 2015

Pray for Marriages (Waiting Patiently)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

After the whirlwind of Black Friday and the enticing deals of Cyber-Monday, you may feel Christmas is in full swing. Are you feeling the pressure? Many forget or perhaps never learned that that there is a season prior to Christmas, Advent. From the Latin word adventus, it means “coming”. It is a looking forward to; a time of waiting in expectation. During this time we are to prepare our hearts for His coming, which we celebrate on Christmas day. We humans, however, are not good at waiting and are accustomed to instant gratification, so we begin celebrating early!

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7

Similarly, when we pray for marriages, we expect swift answers and quick resolutions. Waiting can be too painful. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately for us, the Lord makes us wait. He wants to draw us closer to Him so that we may know the depth of His love for us. His love perfects and changes us, which is necessary if He is to transform our spouse!

Truly, the LORD is waiting to be gracious to you, truly, he shall rise to show you mercy; For the LORD is a God of justice: happy are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

As we await the celebration of Christ’s coming, as we await answers to our prayers, let’s challenge ourselves to slow down and spiritually prepare, either through reading, prayer, meditation, or contemplation. Allow yourself to contemplate the conversations of Mary and Joseph as they prepared and awaited the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. Meditate on the scriptures pertaining to the Nativity Story. What was said and what were their dispositions? What can we learn from their marriage?

They must have prayed without ceasing.  Let us do the same, by praying for all marriages. May each heart be an open receptacle to the Love that came into the world just for us. 

And so, after patient waiting, he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:15

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prepare to receive all that the Lord wants to give you!  Pass it on!