“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31,32
Christ died for the church. He is referred to as the bridegroom and we (his church) are referred to as his bride. Why is this important? Because we are told (in the passage above and throughout scripture) that a man and his wife are a picture of Christ and his church.
It’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that our less-than-perfect relationships with our husbands reflect Christ and His church but there it is …whether we understand it or not! Paul even says, “This is a profound mystery”! This means that praying for and building our marriages is extremely important, not just for ourselves and our children (and children’s children) but for the church, the community and the nation.
Each of us is deeply impacted by the break up and divorce of other couples, especially Christian couples. The enemy of God plants fear and doubt in our minds as we look at them and think, “If it could happen to them, it could happen to us.” Fighting for our marriages is important stuff and it begins with the spiritual realm!
As you battle for your marriage in prayer, as you ask God to make you a wise woman who understands her husband, as you cry out to God for feelings of love when you don’t have any, remember, you are on the right track! Keep it up!
In a difficult time in your marriage? Be encouraged by my thoughts about those times here.
Thinking that divorce really would make it all easier? That the pain and sorrow you are living in right now is the worse thing that could happen to your children? Read about The Friendly Divorce.
As we pray through these words, let’s pray for each other, shall we? And, bloggy sisters, please commit to a local body of believers where you can worship together with fellow believers in the flesh! Find a friend and pray together.
Teach me how to pray for my husband and make my prayers a true language of love. Where love has died, create new love between us.
Show me what unconditional love really is and how to communicate it in a way he can clearly perceive.
Bring unity between us so that we can be in agreement about everything (Amos 3:3). May the God of patience and comfort grant us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus (Romans 5:5).
Make us a team, not pursuing separate, competitive, or independent lives, but working together, overlooking each other’s faults and weaknesses for the greater good of the marriage.
Help us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19). May we be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.” (1 Corinthians 1:10).*
In the strong name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
*The Power of the Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
Renew your mind in God’s word by reading The Song of Solomon and 1 Corinthians 13.
Feel free to share a short prayer in the comment section for the rest of us!