It’s one thing to know that prayer is the answer. It’s another thing to understand what exactly it you’re praying for or even how to pray. I know some people cringe when conversations like, “how to pray,” come up, but honestly, how we pray matters! There may not be a universal script or law book for prayer but there are things that we can do to prepare our hearts for prayer and the changes that God brings as a result of our prayers. These three tips can help you navigate your prayers when praying for your spouse while also setting the standard of Christ as foundation for your marriage.
Ready for some honest? In my experience, most of the stumbling blocks we face when pursuing our goals and passions aren’t circumstantial. I used to think if only I knew the right people, if only I had a bigger following, if only I had a bigger budget; as if those things were the factors that would determine whether or not I was going to be successful.
As I have come to know and experience the love of Jesus, I could know longer ignore the questions that were tugging at my heart. Questions such as…
Why would a loving God who sent Jesus to save the world; HIDE from the people He came to save?
Why would Halloween be referenced as the devil’s day; when God’s word says, “This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it”?
Why would we tell our kids to lie, by pretending we were not at home?
I love how this works. He gives us a task, enables us to do it and then we not only receive the fruit of the outcome but we get to experience the sheer joy of obedience, the knowledge that the Father spoke, led us and met us in a beautiful way. It’s the choice to leap off a cliff and into the safety of His arms-doubts and imperfect faith included-and feel His embrace as He catches us.
We can have all the knowledge of faith, but until we take intentional action steps our faith will not grow. We need to, as Jude 3 says, “Earnestly contend for the faith.” As we grow, our faith starts to shape our thoughts, actions, and behaviors and we start living and walking out a purposeful faith.
The truth is that we are called to love others, even in our most painful seasons. These broken moments are often the moments God uses to bridge hearts in a way that serve his kingdom-purposes.