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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Prayer invites the atmosphere of heaven into your marriage.
When I pray for my wife, three things are happening at once (and probably more). The first is that I'm inviting God's involvement and intervention with regard to whatever I'm praying for her about. The second is that it makes me feel closer to her as I'm joining her in whatever is going on in her life. Third, my wife says it makes her feel covered and protected.
All of these have the power to affect the climate of our marriage.
Whether I'm praying for healing, for peace, for our marriage or for God's blessing on my wife and children, I'm inviting God to intervene on her behalf. I'm agreeing with heaven.
God is a good Father. He longs to give good gifts to His children. Jesus is also an excellent Bridegroom, who gave us the example of going to the Father on behalf of His bride. Prayer is just our way of agreeing with God's goodness and inviting His participation with us.
Prayer also helps me to see things from God's perspective. It's always amazing how my thinking shifts from an earthly to a heavenly perspective when I start to offer things up in prayer.
By shifting my thinking, I am actually changing my mindset and thereby helping to shift the atmosphere in my life, marriage and home to line up the the Kingdom of Heaven.
Prayer As Conversation
You don't need a bunch of theological training to pray. You don't have to jump through any spiritual hoops or even clean up all the sin in your life. God invites us to come to him as we are.
I think sometime the most powerful prayers are the simplest ones; when we come to God and pour out our hearts in sincere conversation. God really likes that.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.So don't disqualify yourself from praying. Jesus has qualified you to approach Him with confidence. You don't have to do anything but come.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
So come to God freely and frequently, and pray for your spouse. Just watch as the climate in your heart and in marriage change for the better.
How has prayer affected the climate of your marriage? Leave a comment and let us know.
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