House of Prayer and Celebration

Mid-Willamette Valley Prayer Group (HOPC)

January 26, 2011 10:04 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Focus - Strengthen Marriages - Save Marriages.

January 26, 2011 10:04 PM by Roger

1 Cor. 7:33f. says, "but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided."   

 

The number one threat to marriage is ... selfishness.  Marriage stress takes on many names and labels, but it all boils down to: "I want what I want".   There is part of me that would like to "do great things" (supposedly for God).  That would be okay if I were alone.  But I am not.  I am married.  So, whatever I do, I must do it with my wife, or within the context of her blessing.  Our connection has multiple points: we have a lifetime covenant, a shared vision and purpose, a mutual desire to see spiritual growth and fruit, and an unconditional, intentional love for each other.  I am not free to "do as I please"!   My relationship to my wife is as holy as prayer is.  We are not to neglect one another, except  to pray, and then only for a season.

 

Father, grant to your people a willingness, to lay aside what they want or think they need in deference to the needs of spouse and children.  Let us sacrifice our "selves" to love them just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.  Grant to us a sensitivity to those who are part of our church fellowship who are estranged, or conflicted with a spouse, that we might "labor earnestly" for them in prayer (Col.4:12).  Grant those without Christ to come to Him Who reconciles all men unto Himself.  Let marriages in our towns be saved, by the changing of selfish hearts.