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Prayer, Plain and Simple

The teaching of your word gives light,
    so even the simple can understand. (Psalm 119:130 NLT)

The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:4-5

This month we are discussing communication in marriage. Words are an important component of communication. It’s very difficult to say anything without them, and they certainly come in handy when it comes to making a point or trying to be understood. God’s words illuminate. They shine truth on the world and lend understanding. That is why it is so vitally important in a marriage (if both are believers) to come together to study God’s Word. We encourage you to begin this exciting adventure together if you haven’t already. Morning works best for us; Mark brews us some coffee, we sit and study on our own and then simply share what the Holy Spirit spoke to our hearts that day. It has become the very best part of our day.

Something about this habit has enhanced our love for each other. It’s as though Jesus’ prayer is working: “May they experience such perfect unity…” (John 17:24) Covenant unity within marriage is something worth fighting for. The devil himself certainly agrees, and he has done everything to shake up, mess up, and beat up our love for each other. But greater is He who is in us! When we come together around the Word, there is light. My sin is illuminated, and repentance changes everything. Truth is illuminated, and our decisions can align to the new revelation. Faith is illuminated, and we take up the challenge to flee from fear. Walk into the light together, and enjoy the benefits of the Word!

Father,

Illuminate our marriage with your Word. It’s so very dark in this world, but as soon as we open up your Word light shines, hope arises, and circumstances change. Battles are just so much easier to face when we face them together, armed with your promises, running toward you, strong and secure. We receive new revelation today as we determine to seek you with all our hearts. Thank you for the joy that walking in your ways can bring. Our own way of living life apart from you was so hopeless and futile and disappointing and traumatic. But in your light, we see light. You are the light of the world. Shine in us, through us, and around us today.

IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!

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