Monday, December 22, 2008

Praying God's Will For My Marriage

"The Key to your Man's Heart" was a gift I received from my son, Nathan, on his elementary school graduation three years ago.

Authored by H. Norman Wright, this book is a must-read for the woman who wants to understand the man in her life.

Chapter 6 (What You Can Do? Pray) contains a unique idea that spouses may want to consider.  In "How Can You Personalize Scripture for Prayer?", the author writes:

Recently I found a fascinating resource that personalizes passages of Scripture into prayer for a husband and wife.  It's called "Praying God's Will for My Marriage" by Lee Roberts.  It simply takes passages of Scripture and rewords them, so you can read them aloud and apply them to your own marriage.  It's simple; anyone can learn to do this.  Here is a sample:

  • I pray that my spouse and I will be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (see James 1:19-20).
  • I pray that my spouse and I will always love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength and that we love our neighbor as ourselves (see Mark 12:30-31).
  • I pray that when my spouse and I face an obstacle we always remember that God has said, "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit (see Zechariah 4:6).
  • I pray that when my spouse and I lack wisdom, we ask it of You, God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and that it will be given to us (see James 1:5).
  • I pray that because freely my spouse and I have received, freely we will give (see Matthew 1o:8)
  • I pray, O God, that You have comforted my spouse and me and wil have mercy on our afflictions (see Isaiah 49:13).
  • I pray that my spouse and I will bless You, the Lord, at all times; and that Your praise continually be in our mouths (see Psalm 34:31).
  • I pray to You, God, that my spouse and I will present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service.  I pray that we will not be comformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (see Romans 12:1-2).

Can you imagine the effect on your relationship when you literally bathe yourselves with God's Word as a prayer?  Try this for a one-month experiment.  Then note the difference.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
-Mark 11:24 (NIV)

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