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Monday, December 11, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Loving Past the Façade)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Reality competition shows are my secret pleasure. I love the rawness of humanity when all the facades drop and you see someone for who they really are. They seem to be more lovable as they become more vulnerable.

In contrast, the Lord always sees us for who we are.  Even at our worst, He doesn’t love us any less.  The Lord doesn’t want us to put on a facade for Him but rather acknowledge our vulnerability and weakness with a sincere and contrite heart. When you pray with humility, He listens, as this inversely praises Him for His power and strength. 

Say to the fearful of heart: Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. 
Isaiah 35:4

The Lord loves you unconditionally, for you are His beloved child.  So is your spouse. When we imitate Christ, we must love others as He does. Pray that you can be all the Lord has called you to be within your marriage. Then pray that your spouse too can be who they were called to be within your marriage. Finally, ask Him to change you first.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Lord, hear our prayers!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

The reality is, we all need Him in our marriage. Come Lord, make has to help us! Isn’t that worth passing on?! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pray for Families (Blessings Worth Treasuring)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight. Ephesians 1:3-4

Blessed are you. You are chosen! Now is the perfect time to ponder all the ways the Lord has blessed you non-materially. What has the Lord done for you than makes your heart burst with gratitude? Who or what are the true treasures in your life that have enriched it immeasurably?  

On the news recently was a clip regarding the widespread California wildfires. The story highlighted a firefighter, who battled multiple blazes only to find out his own home burned down. He and his wife went to view the remains of their home. The wife explained her emotional state perfectly. “‘All this”, she said gesturing to the former site of her home filled with possessions, “can be replaced. My husband cannot. Thus the loss of him is what would have been unbearable.”

I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. Philippians 4:12-13

While we all have trials in our lives, let us pray for those being crushed by them, especially family members. Then praise God for all that is good.  

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Peace, Joy, and Love,

When you feel the heat in life, the Lord is right beside you.  That’s worth sharing, so pass it on!  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Love, Patience, and Perseverance)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Fear not, for I am with you.  Isaiah 43:5

The Lord knew exactly what he was doing when he made the marriage covenant indissoluble. Since feelings ebb and flow over time, without a covenant bond it would be easy when one’s relationship is in the valley to make a quick exit downstream. Yet, without the valley, would we ever feel a need to draw closer to our Lord? It’s as if at the lowest point of our marriage He wants to pull us close to His heart and teach us how to love again.

Love one another as I love you. John 15:12

Christ loves us passionately; enough to die for us. Treat your spouse as if you are madly in love with them, and soon the feelings will follow. Love is always an action.  Our actions change both the recipient and us. Thus as your relationship rises back up, when you are on the mountaintop you will want to praise God!

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation! 
Psalms 68:19

Good and gracious Lord, grant us all the grace to weather the ups and downs of the marital relationship. Teach us to love our spouses as Christ loves us: without reserve and unconditionally. Grant us the virtues of patience and perseverance, so that we can remain faithful to our vows and faithful to You. Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Encourage one another to continue the journey. Pass it on!