My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely. Song of Songs 2:14
Where did the love go that was once so evident and strong? It eludes us along the marriage path sometimes. It takes great effort to seek it out – to seek each other out, to excavate the buried love and joy and bring it back to life. Jesus can raise the dead. Let’s pray.
We cannot live without you. Our marriage cannot survive without you. But you have given yourself to us. This covenant you have blessed is real. And you have Yourself given us a covenant that is real. You bring everything you are to us and receive everything we are, the broken pieces notwithstanding. So take this brokenness and bring redemption. Take our joyless hearts and breath new life into them. Restore vitality to the love in our hearts for one another. We receive this miracle now in the name of Jesus!
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“All things are possible to those who believe..” ~Jesus
All things… believe.
I want to be a true believer. Personally I find no greater challenge than to believe the impossible. Are you in an impossible situation today? Do you need a miracle? All things are possible…
We must fight for that faith, fight in prayer, praying in faith for faith…
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. I know you intend me good. But doubts and fears and dread continue to erode my faith. I can’t seem to see myself as I believe you see me. Give me a gift of faith, a gift to believe I am your child and made worthy and made able to live beyond myself. I believe… help my unbelief. Amen.”
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15
This month we have prayed for marriages, particularly in the area of communication. God’s Word instructs us to “speak the truth,” but it doesn’t stop there. The added words, “in love” are key. It’s easy to tell the truth. It’s easy to say, “You stink,” and mean it from our hearts. But to find a way to speak those words in a loving way is a different matter. Let’s ask God to show us how. Jesus was skilled in this, as He is in every virtue. He will show us how to communicate truth in loving ways.
So often I spout out things that hurt my spouse. They may be true, and they may even need to be said, but the way in which I say them render them useless because of the pain they cause. Clothed in love, the same message can be received to bring change and redemption. So I cry, help me out here! I need your love to cover me, clothe me, and inspire me as I speak the truth. Give me understanding. I ask for discernment to know what needs to be said and when, and what can be left unsaid until you give me the cue. Help me to leave it on the top shelf of your storeroom, out of my reach until further instructions. I am yours. My mouth is yours. May I be your mouthpiece, your spokesperson not a useless, harmful instrument.
Make me an instrument of your peace. And truth. And love.
In Jesus’ Name and by His Grace. Amen.
Here I am Lord, send me. (Isaiah 6:8)
Prayer is a gift, isn’t it?! We connect in simple words to the Creator of creation. That alone is astounding. We stand together to offer up our praise and our needs, and here we discover truly what human relationships are intended for. It’s an honor to pray TO God WITH others.
It’s here we learn that to be in relationship we must first learn to be a servant.
Isaiah came to accept this. It wasn’t easy. As an influential leader in Israel Isaiah served his nation by delivering God’s messages. The role brought him great authority. But one day he actually encountered God’s presence. His certainty about his noble purpose and inspiring vision melted away. That experience realigned his identity. He didn’t own his life any more than he had chosen to be born. All he could do was respond, “Here I am Lord, send me!”
As Jesus would later express it, “Father, not my will but yours…”
If you dare, make this your prayer.
Here I am. I am not hiding. Send me on the assignment you choose. I am your servant; you are my Leader. Send me… to speak up at the risk of losing face, to invest my assets for returns I can only cash in eternity, to give away my talents in secret, to lose my life while the battle still seems hopeless. Here I am…
Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power and resources of God – this IS his intent – I must come forward with hands raised in surrender. I’m not first a servant leader; I am first a servant submitting to a Leader.