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Monday, July 3, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Freedom vs. Independence)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

God orders everything perfectly. From the creation of Adam and Eve, it was evident that he wanted to give man the abundant life (paradise!) and the free will to make decisions. He gave both man and woman a role. Man was created as the provider and protector, one who would lay his life down for his spouse. Woman was created to be beautiful, nurturing, and the bearer of new life.  Together, they would be made one. Although they had the charmed life in paradise, they wondered what they might be missing. They soon succumbed to the serpent’s offer for independence from God.

What do you think of when you hear about Adam and Eve?  Perhaps something like, “Wow, how could they mess up such a good thing?!”

Fast forward to the 1960’s.  Women began to feel oppressed as the “child-bearer” and instead longed for the power, respect, and sexual freedom afforded to men.  (This also indicates how poorly many women must have been treated.) Birth control became more acceptable, allowing women to minimize or eliminate their childbearing and focus on “true fulfillment,“ a career.  With pregnancy no longer a worry, men could easily objectify women and vice versa as sex was reduced to selfish pleasures.  50 years later, the killing of babies in the womb is common.  Children are no longer considered a gift (unless you have difficulty conceiving), but a disposable commodity depending on your “choice”. Is this independence from God, freedom? 

Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God. 1 Peter 2:16

This is where Adam and Eve look at us and say, “They think WE were crazy? Do they not see that they too have fallen prey to the serpent?!”

The battle is a spiritual one. It is a battle between darkness and Light. But there is hope.

I will lead the blind on a way they do not know; by paths they do not know I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight. These are my promises: I made them, I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16

True freedom apart from God isn’t possible. Pray for wisdom and clarity to understand God’s plan for your marriage.  Are you being respectful of your spouse? Is your love a self-giving or self-serving love?  Whose voice guides your life? Help us hear you Lord!  Help us see!  Reorder the disorder we’ve created!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 1 Corinthians 3:17

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Spirit of the Lord, reenter our marriages! Pass it on!