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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Engaged Couples

Yesterday, our daughter Elisabeth announced that she is engaged to be married to Andy. Ellie and Andy spent yesterday making the rounds to their family and significant friends to share their news.  I’ve never seen her more radiant, and I couldn’t be happier for them both. Since Ellie was born, my wife Jill and I have prayed since for this moment, that God would bring a godly, stalwart, gracious and faithful young man into her life. That prayer is answered. Now, other prayers begin…

“God, we pray today for those engaged to be married. This is a time of hope and anticipation. May they now begin to discover the principles and power of covenant love and faithfulness. This couple has made a promise to make a promise; they have chosen to make a choice. This day, though not their marriage, is a beginning and they can only imagine now what their union will entail. Today, give them wisdom and guidance and wise counsel to learn truths that will equip them for life together. Give them strength and efficiency as they plan the logistics of their wedding, and their family life beyond. Show them how to leverage the stresses of this season to cultivate maturity in their love. Amidst the joy of engagement, help them embrace the crucible that tests and purifies them. Engagement is a “time trial” where they will watch and learn about themselves, each other, and the uniqueness of their relationship. Walk with them closely through this process. Remind them at times of doubt that you are there. For you yourself understand engagement, for you are “engaged” to your Bride.  As this couple anticipates their wedding, in the same way we all anticipate the consummation of history – the wedding of Jesus with his People. May this human engagement reflect that same eternal hope!”

  • Bea

    This makes no sense to me:
    For you yourself understand engagement, for you are “engaged” to your Bride.

  • Mark Herringshaw

    Thanks for your comment, Bea. The last pages of the Bible depict a wedding scene at the end of time. The “Bridegroom” is Jesus and his “Bride” is the the Church, his people. It’s a metaphor that shows the passionate love God has for his people. At the moment we remain “betrothed” or engaged to Jesus as we await this final consumation of our hope. All through the Bible weddings and marriage are used as a way to describe God’s love and our anticipation of the final resolution we will finally experience… Hope that helps.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lily bagtang

    lord thank you for hearing my prayers that my daughters will find a nice young man, i really have prayed this that god will give them nice n loving young man, so lord always guide them!!!

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