Friday, April 24, 2015

The Essence of Marriage/PRAYER

Greetings to you all!  I pray the following words be a blessing to you!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge advocate and cheerleader for marriage.
I am a student of the covenant who surrounds myself with positive role models for marriage.
   
The covenant of marriage was instituted by GOD; in fact, marriage is a ministry.
Marriage (the holy union between man and woman) illustrates the love between Christ and the Church.

Look at the following photo.  The first time I saw this photo was around fall of 2014 on Facebook. 


After being asked what came to my mind when I saw this piece, this was my response:

As he's led by God, whatever God pours into him, he pours into his wife. He presents her without spot or blemish, cleansed in the washing of His Word. 

Apostle Paul said, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:25-27

Pay attention to the bowls (actually their heads). Hers is tilted to where the overflow falls BACK ON HIM. There may be, and will be times when he may not be operating in the 100 (marriage is not 50/50, but 100/100) and she, as his HELP-MEET, will be able to pour BACK into him through her humble SUBMISSION, love, gentleness, prayer, warfare, etc.  

The topic of submission is almost "taboo," but the Bible is clear on that subject.  Submission is not slavery, nor does it gives man the right to become tyrannical over his spouse.  The two are no longer two, but ONE.   As he loves her as Christ loves the Church, she will have no problem submitting to him as unto the Lord.
The marital relationship consists of three parties:  GOD, man and woman.  They are triune.
Think about a triangle.  It is a shape consisting of three points and three sides.  God is the top point, man and woman are the bottom points.  As the man and woman draws closer to God, they are also drawing close to one another.

Help me pray for the courting, engaged and married couples:

Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, first of all, THANK YOU.
Thank You for this day, for Your love, for being our constant Companion and Friend.  Thank You for giving us access to You through Your Son, Christ Jesus.  Father God, I come to you on behalf of each courting, engaged and married couple.  I thank You for these couples.  I ask You, dear God, that You be the center of their lives and relationships.  For the courting/engaged, I pray that they learn to abstain and/or continually abstain from all sexual immorality.  Allow their friendship to grow and become the solid foundation of a relationship built upon Christ.  Fuel the spirit of prayer in their lives, that they'll learn how to pray and war with and for one another.  Allow them to be great, godly examples to the world, showing that godly relationships are not only possible, but enjoyable as well.  Let each one recognize when the enemy is approaching.  Empower them to use the weapons of their warfare-prayer and praise, in Jesus' name.
For the married couples, I pray that Ephesians 5 will resonate in their spirits.  Father God, please help them to grow in love with Christ all over again. Allow Your Holy Spirit to teach them how to love each other.  Fuel their desire to put away selfishness, and that they'll continually learn how to mutually make each other their priority.  Let no thing (major or petty) intervene and attempt to corrupt/destroy what You joined together.  Let their eyes be for You and for each other only.  I rebuke the spirits of lust, pettiness, selfishness, jealousy, gossip in Jesus' name!
No separation, no divorce!  Any problems that come their way, help them by the leading of the Holy Ghost, to resolve each matter in a way that's acceptable in Your sight.  Open/widen their lines of communication-face to face, one on one, uninterrupted conversation.  Build and fortify their prayer lives.  Let it create an intimacy that will take their love to a higher, yet deeper level.  I thank You for this covenant, keep Your mighty Hand upon the couples.  This I humbly ask in Jesus' name, Amen.
  
~Shairon