Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Agree to Agree in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

Mark and I are opposites in most things: we came from opposite parts of the country, we are almost opposite Myers Briggs temperaments, our churches of origin were opposite in some aspects of their theologies, he is the eldest, I am the youngest in our families, he grew up with hot and spicy foods, I with bland meat and potatoes, and the list goes on. So how can we agree about anything? For seasons of our marriage we struggled to agree on decisions; we faltered and sputtered, and our relationship stalled until we learned the power that our covenant has when we are in agreement. We found upon Whom we can agree: Jesus, His life and His Lordship, and if we make him the Leader of our lives and of our marriage, we can have an impact in the world and make the planet more like what God designed and desires it to be.

Take your spouse’s hand and AGREE in prayer:

Our Father,

You are looking for married partners who will make the effort to do the impossible:  agree together

to walk together in the same direction – towards You…towards your love and your light.

Forgive us for opposing one another, criticizing one another, nit-picky, and touchy.

Your love is not at all like this, and you have asked us – no, commanded us – to reflect your love and light.

We choose to do so today, but we can’t even try without your help.

First, forgive us and transform our minds through your Word.

Change us from the inside. And give us the joy that agreement can bring to our Covenant today.

We rejoice in all you will do!

In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

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Sticks and Stones Hurt, But Tongues Hurt More

posted by Mark and Jill

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3

The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21

This month we are praying about communication in marriage. Scripture tells us that words are not mere nothings. They have creative power. As human beings made in God’s image we use our words – whether we like it or not, whether we mean to or not – to create reality. Our philosophical son, at the age of four, once said, “If you think you’re stupid, you’ll be stupid tomorrow.” And we could add, if you say you’re stupid, you are stupid today. Examine the words you speak about your spouse. What body language accompanies those words? If they are negative, you’ll reap negative results. The truth isn’t always obvious. Our senses often deceive us, and we need God’s understanding to understand each other. In order to grow as individuals and as a couple, we must commit to speaking only positive words over and to one another. There’s no in between. No gray area. Words either build up or tear down. They either give life or administer death in one form or another.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Father,

Once again, I come with a repentant heart. My critical tongue has done a great deal of dismantling and a share of destructive work. I ask for your forgiveness. I commit to change, to speak only what is helpful for building up my partner’s heart, soul, mind, and body. I want to speak only encouragement. Sure, there is room for improvement in my spouse, but there is also room for improvement in me – much, much, much room. Thank you for your forgiveness and grace. Today is a new beginning. I take hold of your grace, I incline my ear to your Word, and I’ll walk forward hand in hand with the one my heart will always love. I will speak your truth, your whole truth, and nothing but your truth. So, help me, God! You know I need it!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

We’ve designed a process called a Marriage Intensive that specifically focuses on renewing your vision and returning you to joy in your purpose and life together. The first step you can take is to simply learn more. This might just change your life. Click here:  giantworldwide.com/mjh-marriage-intensives

God Raises Dead Marriages to Life Again

posted by Mark and Jill

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.

Our Father,

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!

Amen

We’ve designed a process called a Marriage Intensive that specifically focuses on renewing your vision and returning you to joy in your purpose and life together. The first step you can take is to simply learn more. This might just change your life. Click here:  giantworldwide.com/mjh-marriage-intensives

Dare to Believe

posted by Mark and Jill
“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.” 
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Agree to Agree in Prayer
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Mark and I are opposites in most things: we came from opposite parts of the country, we are almost opposite Myers Briggs temperaments, our churche

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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 tak

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