Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Repent and Rebuild

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joash decided to repair the Lord’s house.” 2 Chronicles 24:4

King Joash of Judah didn’t make the mess he found himself in; his ancestors had neglected the temple and abandoned God, but he took it upon himself to do something about that. In our marriages, we often have to clean up other people’s messes. As Joash repented of the sins of his fathers, we can to do the same. Let’s go into our prayer closets today and do some repair work.

These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. 2 Chron. 19:9

Father,

My parents and their parents did their best, but they often fell short of full-on obedience to your principles. They didn’t always walk in love and they didn’t always experience the grace you were ready to give them. Please forgive us for neglecting You, Your Word, and Your grace. Forgive us for following after other “gods”. I repent on their behalf of familial sins. I repent of the iniquity that has plagued my family for generations. Father, make me born anew into your family, the family that derives its name from You. I receive your forgiveness, and I ask you to rebuild my house with your word. I commit myself and my family to follow after you with an undivided heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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A Prayer That Gets Results

posted by Mark and Jill

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us.”  1 John 3:1 Amplified

Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…    1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified

Our love runs dry. The quality of our love is sometimes second rate at best. Once in a while we look at our spouse and wonder what in the world we were thinking… That’s when we utter a prayer that God has never failed to answer. Ever. We pray,

Father,

I need your love for my spouse. Mine has come up short again, so I come to you, the fountain of all love. I receive your everlasting love. Give me your eyes, your perspective, and, most of all, your love for my beloved. I receive it now in faith.

Amen.

Now: watch! Your heart will change toward your spouse – or anyone for that matter – and His love will flood your soul. If you pray in faith, your heart will change before you know it, your patience will grow, your sense of humor will return, and you will be back in the saddle again.

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Moody Lovers

posted by Mark and Jill

Love…is not touchy. ~1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified)

God’s kind of love – the love with which He loves us and the love He wants us to give to others – is not dependent on moods or whims. It is constant and dependable as the Rock Himself. A truly whole, mature person is the same person every minute of every day and night. We are seeking to become whole individuals who are becoming a whole, healthy couple, reflecting the love Jesus has for His Beloved.

I remember my older sisters listening to Andy Williams croon, “I’m in the mood for love.” And back in the day, we were. But after a few years of marriage under our belts – seven years to be exact (the magical itchy number) – we slip into relying on our moods to drive whether or not we give ourselves to our spouses. Often we are, “Not in the mood.” True love has nothing to do with moods. Moods follow actions. Actions follow commitments. Commitments are made before God. So! Let’s not allow our inner brats to determine whether or not intimacy is a priority. It is a priority that wins great dividends in our marriages. Let the games begin!

Father,

I long to be the kind of person that is consistent, reliable, confident, and rock-solid in my commitments. Please transform my mind through your Word. Your Word says that when I receive your love, I become complete (Ephesians 3). So I commit myself anew to your love and to your life-giving Word today. Fill my heart with it! Fill my eyes, ears, and mind with your truth. And as I drink it in, pondering it throughout this day, and seeking to obey everything you say, change me into the kind of person that is a kind person consistently, like you!

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:

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The Love of a Perfectionist

posted by Mark and Jill

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NIV

We are on a mission to perfect our love. A first step in this process is to, “Experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then will we be made complete.” (Ephesians 3:19) I want to be a complete person, a whole person. Marriage often provides a context in which my inefficiencies shine for all my family to see, but together we are learning to receive the love of God and, in turn, become better at loving others.

God is the perfect lover, and He, by His grace, is apprenticing His followers to be just like Himself!

Father,

Your perfect love is what I long to experience. All other loves are wonderful, but until I learn to receive and appreciate your great love for me, I won’t have the capacity to fully appreciate love in my marriage or in any other relationship. Please expand my capacity to know “How wide, how long, how high and how deep” your love is. I receive this capacity in faith today, and I thank you for it. You are making me aware throughout my day that I am loved with an everlasting love, never ending, never vacillating, never diminishing, never negotiating, always true and strong. Thank you for helping me understand and experience your love day by day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

 

 

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