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Jan25FriJanuary 25, 2019 By the TWR Women Of Hope Ministry Team
Praying for Godly Marriages
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Marriage trends around the world are very complex. In many countries, adults are choosing not to marry. Cohabitation is on the rise, polygamy is still practiced, and abandonment and divorces are easy solutions for many. Sadly, some cultures continue to allow parents to force girls into marriages and permit older husbands to easily divorce these young brides who have no rights.
However, God’s view on marriage has not changed since creation. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). While sin has destroyed the purity of marriage, God continues to work in and through us to help build marriages that honour him. The ugliness of sexual immorality, pornography, greed, alcohol abuse, selfishness, abandonment, physical and verbal abuse and other harmful behaviours create many barriers to strong, healthy marriages.
Marriage, like any relationship between two people, involves determination and commitment. It takes enormous effort to develop a marriage relationship so that the two people mature individually and become closer through the joys and difficulties of life. Both spouses need to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and take responsibility for their own attitudes and actions. We can’t change other people; we can only change ourselves.
For those who get married, whom they choose as life partners is one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Having the same worldview (culture, religion, etc.) will certainly make the process of two lives coming together as one much easier. It is also important to have common views regarding matters such as possessions, finances, children, education and relationships with the extended family.
A strong commitment to God and a humble attitude of dependence on the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives can help strengthen marriage relationships so they honour God.
Please pray for …
1. Wisdom for the 73 Women of Hope production teams as they teach God’s principles concerning marriage and family relationships.
2. Married couples to develop good communication skills and help each other deal with frustrations and feelings that get in the way of resolving problems.
3. Couples grieving after they have experienced devastating miscarriages or the deaths of children. Often these tragedies lead to divorce.
4. Parents to teach their children that choosing a spouse is a vitally important decision because it helps determine the future of both the married couple and the children they produce. Parents can show them how setting goals will help guide this decision.
5. Parents and educators to teach teenagers that abstaining from sex until marriage allows them to have healthier lives and relationships.
6. Single Christian women to have strength and wisdom to withstand the obstacles and difficulties of not being married and to thrive in their walk with God. (1 Cor. 7:38)
7. Wives who allow their husbands to abuse them verbally or physically because they neither respect themselves nor feel they deserve to be loved.
8. Widows, abandoned wives and single mothers who must provide for the needs of their children. Pray that communities would do more to protect these women.
9. Christian parents to respect the persons their adult children marry and to speak well of these spouses while looking for ways to honour the marriages.
10. Young women who are considering living with their boyfriends. Pray that they will respect themselves and wait for men who will commit to love them through life’s joys and trials.
11. Laws to be passed and enforced in many countries to keep parents from forcing their young daughters to marry older men – sometimes 10 to 30 years older.
12. Deep and unwavering faith for Christian women who are living with non-Christian husbands. Ask for the Holy Spirit to persuade these men to accept God’s gift of salvation.
13. Women who unhealthily crave the physical attention of men, leading them to yield to sexual sin. Ask the Lord to reveal to them the power of his love in overcoming temptation. (Ps. 73:26)
14. Christian husbands who have non-Christian wives. Pray that their love and tenderness toward their wives will lead the women to be open to God’s love and gift of salvation.
15. Parents and church leaders to teach young people about the dangers of pornography, which destroys the true beauty of physical relationships. (1 Thess. 4:3-5)
16. God’s intimate presence to be experienced by women who feel the deep loneliness of being abandoned by their husbands or of never having married.
17. Women to learn that although loneliness is difficult, it is better not to marry than to live with men who do not respect them or their God and who may negatively influence their children.
18. Victims of domestic violence. Pray for every man to understand that God has made woman to be man’s companion and that he should love, respect and protect his wife.
19. Brides who cannot meet the dowry demands of the husbands’ families. Such dowry cases sometimes lead to torture, murder or suicide.
20. Women in ministry to be encouraged and know God’s strength and presence. Many of these ladies carry a heavy load of ministry, work and family responsibilities.
21. Christians to guard their thoughts and to carefully choose what they read, watch and listen to. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure … think about such things” (Phil. 4:8).
22. Children witnessing their parents in abusive relationships. Many will likely become abusive husbands or timid wives who accept abuse as normal.
23. Widows who live in cultures where wives are often blamed for the death of their husbands. Also pray for those who are forced to marry relatives of their dead husbands.
24. Single Christian women who are pressured by their families to marry nonbelievers.
25. Christian couples to study God’s Word, memorize Scripture and love and respect each other by following biblical principles in developing their relationships.
26. Local employment opportunities so that fathers can provide for the needs of their families and not have to leave them behind to find work.
27. Widows whose husbands’ families don’t recognize the right of a surviving wife to keep the couple’s children and inherit the couple’s home and land.
28. Husbands and wives to humbly depend on the Holy Spirit’s guidance in dealing with the attitudes and emotions that they harbour and that may harm their relationships.