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Monday, May 2, 2016

Pray for Marriages (A Relationship that Lasts)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Our relationship with Christ shouldn’t be one where we do all the asking, expecting He’ll do all the giving.  What kind of relationship is that?  If we desire a good relationship, we need to invest ongoing time with that person by talking, listening, giving, and receiving.   If we desire a strong relationship with God, we must step up.  Sometimes He doesn’t answer us, perhaps testing our sincerity and resolve. Other times He answers us but we are too busy talking to hear. Sometimes what we ask for isn’t what He knows we need.

Marital relationships are similar and need the same investment of quality time, conversation, quiet time, reciprocity, and the willingness to be yoked.  A relationship never stays at 50-50.  It can swing from 90-10 to 1-99 with one carrying more than their share. But it can’t be a relationship at all if each partner isn’t invested. What is needed is a mutual willingness to man the boat and row while waiting for the tide to turn.  And that is as difficult as standing in a very, very long line where the end is nowhere in sight.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your torrents, and all your waves and breakers sweep over me. By day may the LORD send his mercy, and by night may his righteousness be with me! I will pray to the God of my life.  Psalm 42:8-9

Fortunately, the Lord controls the tides of the ocean and the tides in our lives. If we could do it alone, we wouldn’t need God or prayer.  But of course, we are incapable of safely weathering life’s changing tides without the Lord keeping us in balance.  Let us pray with an open heart as we lift our voices to intercede for each and every marriage.  Lord God, we ask that you abate the tidal waves seeking to crush marriages, calm the storms that wreak frequent havoc in each relationship, and illuminate the blinding darkness with the Light of your Son.  Bring us safely to shore, and help us to know your will for us.  Jesus, we trust in You!

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Peace, Joy, and Love,

There is always time to pray.  It may be someone’s only life line.  Pass it on!