I have a lot of friends with a lot of prayer needs right now, so please think of them today:
My friend whose father is having open heart surgery today…Lord I ask that You guide the hands of each surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist and attendant who will be touching him today and that you provide Your healing for his body. I also ask that you bring a spirit of peace to his family and comfort them in their fear and anxiety. I also ask for a spirit of conviction on those who do not know you, Lord, and that they will feel your presence in an undeniable way.
My friend who is hobbling around today on a sprained ankle…Lord I ask that you also bring a healing touch to this dear friend, Lord, and you return that ankle to a place of strength and stability.
My friends with guiet hurts….Lord there are times when you cause us to look inside ourselves, and sometimes what we see is encouraging, while at other times it can be disheartening. Lord I ask that in a spirit of inner reflection that you bring all things to the light.
Marriages…Lord, I look around and I see so many marriages that are hurting, partners who are lashing out at each other instead of embracing each other. Lord I pray that you would restore the love, desire, and respect to those marriages and that we would all see our marriage commitment first and foremost as a commitment to YOU. When we see our marriages as commitments to You, things change. We understand that love is not a come-and-go thoughtless emotion that wavers and flits about with fickle tendencies. Our love for our spouses is a commitment that should be modeled after the love that You have for us. And when we speak of striving for excellence, as the wife of noble character did, we are reminded that this is “the most excellent way”:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the great of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 1-13
Be thankful for your spouses, my friends. Do not allign yourself with the enemy when he causes you to focus narrow-mindedly on the faults and deficiences, the dilemnas and the disappointments. There is no victory for Christ when those He has united together attack each other with barbed tongues. There is no victory for Christ when a a cold shoulder replaces a warm embrace. And there is no victory for Christ when immature love gives way to a wandering eye.
Ask the Lord to restore your love and your commitment. He can bring you through all things if you keep your eyes on Him and do not give in to the world’s call to abandon and attack your sacred commitment. Your relationship will be strengthened and the Lord given the victory when you defend and protect your marriage at all costs.
“Marriage should be honored by all…” Hebrews 13:4