Friday, May 6, 2011

It's "Marriage Prayer Friday!"

By God’s design, marriages have the power to bear children. Sometimes those children are biologically born and sometimes they are spiritually born. Please join us today in praying for marriages that are spiritually fruitful.

A prayer for your own marriage—

FATHER GOD, thank you for the opportunities you have provided for my marriage to bear children in both physical and spiritual ways. Help me to never measure my own value by the number of children I have or by how well behaved my children are. Prevent me from parenting out of fear or pride about my children’s morality. Keep me focused squarely on what matters most, their relationship with You. Strengthen my marriage to be one that compels people — my children and others — toward deeper faith in Christ. AMEN

Something to pray for a friend's marriage—

FATHER GOD, thank you for creating marriage as Your instrument for bearing children in both physical and spiritual ways. Please help my married friends to make the spiritual health of their children of utmost importance. Keep them from any temptation to parent their children out of fear or pride. Strengthen my friends' relationships with their spouses so that their marriages compel people — their own children and others too — toward deeper faith in Christ. AMEN

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