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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pray for Marriages (Stepping in to the Unknown)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

In the same way that there is no instruction manual that comes with a newborn, there is no manual that comes with the adult you are marrying. When I ponder that both parenting and marriage are designed to be a life-long commitments, I ruminate on what the Lord must have had in mind. What is He trying to teach us? The cynical side of me wants to say the Lord is just looking for a few (okay several) good laughs, but I know in my heart that would never be the case.  

Perhaps it makes some sense when we look to the example of the mother of Jesus and the spouse of Joseph.

“I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

The Blessed Mother was a virgin, impregnated by the Holy Spirit and married to Joseph, a man whom she never was to “know”.  There was no indication where she was to give birth nor who, if anyone, would be there to assist her.  Plus, she and Joseph were poor.  Very poor. Did she worry that he could support her?  Would he be able to sell his woodwork? Did he truly love her?

Her faith and trust in God were both unshakeable.  Thus looking again at parenting and marriage, the Lord must similarly want to help us grow in faith and trust through these relationships.  We must pray to be filled with grace just like Mary was.

“Blessed are you who believed  that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”  Luke 1:45

Pray that all spouses are given the supernatural grace to trust in the Lord without reserve.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Every married couple’s faith needs the strength and clarity of grace.  Keep praying and pass it on!