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Monday, December 14, 2015

Pray for Marriages (A Fruitful Gift)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

As Christmas rapidly approaches, I have heard a familiar refrain all this week.  “Oh my gosh, I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet!!”  Many couples, or at least one of the spouses, start to feel the stress of the holidays around now, and the result is not one of gladness and joy.

Don’t let the pressure of the season steal your joy or be a source of conflict.  Let go of the “would like to do’s” and just keep the “have to do’s”.   Joy is found in the surrendering of what you’d like to do and instead doing something for another. Offer your spouse assistance in completing a Christmas “like to do” and both of you will become more joyful!

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

In true generosity of spirit, give your spouse the gift of prayer.  First, pray for yourself, that you become the best spouse you can be. Then, pray for your spouse, that they will be open to your assistance and support.  Finally, pray for your marriage, that it may be infused with a new hope, a new joy, a deeper love and the peace of the season.

Live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy. Colossians 1:10-11

Through the evidence of this service, you are glorifying God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution to them and to all others. 2 Corinthians 9:13

Peace to your soul, joy to your heart, and Love be your strength,

Everyone needs the gift of prayer.  It’s a most extravagant gift, because it continues to bear fruit.  Prayer- it's a spiritual fruit basket!  Pass it on!