Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Romancing the Zone

posted by Mark and Jill

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
    Let the king bring me into his chambers. ~ Song of Songs 1:4

All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory... ~ Psalm 45:8

This month we are praying about romance in marriage, a subject near and dear to God’s heart. He created romance and sex, and everything He created He affirmed as GOOD! As we approach Valentine’s Day, let’s pray that God would prepare our hearts in practical ways; what could be more practical than enhancing the space that we inhabit as married couples:  the bedroom. When God created the world, He took great care and went into minute detail in His beautiful design. Let’s ask God for inspiration to know how we can enhance the practical context of our relationship by improving the space He has given us – cleaning out the clutter, sprucing up the decor, and creating an ambiance of romance to His glory and our delight.

Our Father,

Your Word says that you care about the details of our lives. You are the Great Designer, please redesign our hearts, our marriage, and even the space we live in to reflect your beauty, your order, and your joy.

In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23

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Let’s Make Love Love Again

posted by Mark and Jill

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
    for your love is more delightful than wine.  ~Song of Songs 1:2

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You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Revelation 2:4

If we are going to be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only, then we had better pucker up! “Greet one another with a holy kiss” is found four times in Scripture. (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26) Remember when kissing was a little too much fun? Before you gleefully walked down the aisle perhaps? Let’s put the romance back into our marriages! Let’s heed King Solomon’s wisdom – let’s kiss again.

This month we are praying for romance in our marriages. May the sparks fly! And let the fun begin!

Our Father,

You made marriage a parable of your love for your Church. That in itself places such a very high value on our vows. Oh, Lord, we desire to make our marriage all You have created marriage to be – joyful, full of hope, encouragement, and, of course, forgiveness and grace! So let it be. You must transform our minds to be like Yours. You must teach us the values of the Kingdom. We must understand Your sermon on the mount and all your teachings on love which always looks out for the other, not for self. So we lift our hands and receive your Holy Spirit to teach us all these principles that are created to set us free! We receive all you want to give us. Restore and renew our love, and teach us to love each other as we did at first. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen! And let it be so! And a hearty, YES!

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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!

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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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

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