December 17, 2014

12 Days of Fasting & Prayer for Marriages - Day 5

Prayer for Becoming One in Marriage - From "Me" to "We"
Lord, years of being focused on self can make it tough to relinquish our will and our way to our spouse. The idea of "bowing down" and humbling ourselves to another person's desires that don't match up to what we want is not always what we want to do. However, because it is Your desire that we become one in our marriage, we ask and pray that You will give us the wisdom and peace that surpasses all understanding when those times arise. Help us with our speech and behaviors that don't reflect You and Your will for our marriage or show love and respect for our spouse. Help us learn to release our will to Your will and our way to Your way so that we can move from "me" to "we" and ultimately, give glory and honor to You as a living example to others. Help us open our eyes to what You would have us to do together as one for Your purpose. I pray and ask all these things in Your Son's name. Amen.

Verse of the Day
And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, 'F OR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH '? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6 NASB)

Food for Thought
...Marriage superglues you to your partner; you are no longer “me” but “we”. In God’s marriage math, one plus one equals one. ~Time of Grace Devotional

Superglue? Have you ever gotten superglue stuck to your fingers? It literally takes extreme measures, almost an act of God, to get that stuff off! It bonds to you and "becomes one" with your skin. So much so that when you finally get it off, you can see a replica of your fingerprint. That's what I thought of when I read the quote above. When we get married, we bond together like superglue so that we are, first, a replica of God, and in turn, form a replica and reflection of our spouse. We may not always think alike or have the same opinions about certain issues, but we do think in terms of, and in consideration, of our spouse so that when it gets down to the nitty gritty, we are one in how we move forward. It's not always easy, but I believe as long as we continue to try, one day we will get there the way God intended.

It's not a question whether we will become one, it's a matter of time. It takes time and effort and OBEDIENCE on our part. It takes commitment and sacrifice even when the circumstances aren't looking quite in our favor. I know that I, personally, can be super stubborn when I KNOW I'm right about something.

But God!

Ultimately, God is the master weaver in how we go from me to we in our marriage. Staying constantly on our knees in communication with Him, asking for wisdom, understanding, and being open to His guidance through His word and the vessels He chooses to place in our lives (Counselors, Pastors, Mentor Couples), is how we will move closer to going from "Me" to "We".  The Lord knows how to make one plus one equal one!

As we go into the season and a new year, what are some of the ways you can make God's mathematical equation a reality in your marriage?

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