December 27, 2014

12 Days of Fasting & Prayer for Marriages - Day 8

Prayer for Spiritual Growth In Marriage
Lord, we learned You have guaranteed spiritual growth for every true believer. Thank You! I pray and ask that as we seek to pursue spiritual growth individually, that it will continue to increase our spiritual growth as a couple. Thank You for your grace and mercy as we seek after the things that are pleasing to You. Thank You for the blessings we experience because we know and trust You with our lives as we are transformed daily. Please help us continue to mature and live consistently under Your leadership and guidance in all that we do. In Your Son's Precious Name, we pray. Amen.

Verse of the Day
Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, (1 Peter 2:2 NASB)

Food for Thought
What is spiritual growth and how will having it affect my marriage? That was a question I asked myself when my husband and I signed up for spiritual growth class at our church. We were separated and I was seriously contemplating divorce. Nothing seemed to be going right and we were pretty much done.

But God.

So, what is spiritual growth? The short answer is... 
More of Christ being expressed in my life through less of me.
Hmmmm. Simple, yet complex. Selfishness and self-centeredness have no place in the Christian life or in marriage. Yet, this is where many problems begin. These two words have a major affect on whether we will grow and mature or stay stagnant and immature in our faith and our marriage.
Understanding the purpose of spiritual growth is critical to our development as Christians. ~Dr. Tony Evans
I believe it is also essential to our development in how we relate to each other in our marriages. I could not have imagined that after only 12 weeks of bible study, individually and together, that our marriage would've done a 360.

But God.

We focused on the pursuit of spiritual growth and in turn, although not perfect, we've been blessed with a marriage the Lord can be happy with and use for His glory one day. We stopped focusing on what we want for ourselves and started focusing on what God wants.  With the spiritual growth class, we were also blessed with a support system of other believers who had been where we were and who we could call on when we felt like giving up.

Put it this way. We begin our marriages with God at the center. We stand at the altar and we take vows and make a commitment before the Lord. As life goes on, the Lord gets put aside when He should always be before us and in the center of all we do. Spiritual growth reminds us and give us the opportunity to know Him better, experience Him deeper, and love Him more so that we can have marriages that bring Him the honor and glory He expects.

Resources for Spiritual Growth:
Life Essentials, Dr. Tony Evans
Spiritual Growth Course, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church

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