3 Prayers to Strengthen You When Your Desire for Marriage is Overwhelming

BY: - 14 Sep '17 | Faith

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Growing up, I wasn’t exactly what you would call…a planner. I mean, you hear about people who have their lives planned down to the casket. Me, not so much. And, when it came to getting married, that attitude prevailed. So, when 30 came and went, I can’t say I was thrilled about being single. In fact, I started to get a bit antsy. And then, I made a spiritual decision that changed everything.

What about you? Did your life plans include already being married by now? Are you wondering if you will ever get married? Is life screaming by and you’re desperately asking “what about me?” Well, here are 3 prayers for when you hear your  marriage clock ticking and your desire to find “the one” becomes overwhelming.

A Prayer to Share My Heart

Lord, I learn from Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20) that I can share the deepest and the biggest desires of my heart with You. So, I come to share with You that my heart’s desire is to be happily married. I want You to send me someone with whom I can share my life. I want to find the man whom I can love with all of my heart and who will love me the same way in return. I want to join with the man whom I can serve You alongside of as we bring glory to Your name and do effective ministry for Your Kingdom. Lord, I know that I am complete in You, but there is still a longing in my heart to connect with a man so that we can become one in Your sight. I admit that I get lonely. I confess that I see others around me who are married and think to myself that I want that, too. I am being honest and open with You, Father. I want to be married.

Dear Lord, please send the right man at the right time. If he is not the right man who loves You and will love me, please don’t send him my way. If it is not the right time because You have other plans for me during this season of my life, then help me to be patient and wait on You. But, when that right time comes, please send that right man to me. That is the cry of my heart. Thank You for hearing me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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A Prayer to Trust

Lord, I read in Your word that I should learn to trust in You with all my heart and that I should not lean on my own understanding of what is going on in my life. Instead, in everything in my life, I should acknowledge You, and You will direct my steps down the path of life (Proverbs 3:5-6). Help me to do that Lord. When there are parts of my life that I don’t understand, help me to trust You. When I question why I am not married yet, help me to trust You. When I question if I will ever meet that right man or ever get to say “I do,” help me to trust You. When my schedule for when I thought I would be married has come and gone, help me to trust You. When the nights get long and lonely or another Friday night comes with nothing to do and no one to do it with, help me to trust You.

I want to trust that You have my best interest at heart. I want to trust that Your plan is right. I want to trust that You know what You are doing. But, sometimes it is hard. I need Your help so that I can trust You more. Lord, please direct my paths. Dictate my steps. Orchestrate my days. Oversee my relationships. And grow me so that I can trust You while You do it. In Jesus name, Amen.

A Prayer for God’s Will in My Life

Lord, I learn from watching Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane that rather than pursuing my own will in my life, I should submit totally and completely to Your will for me (Luke 22:41-42). When my will does not line up with Yours, I choose Your will. That is not always easy for me to do. Teach me to submit to Your perfect plan for my life. My plan includes finding the right man to share life with, to walk beside, to connect to emotionally, spiritually, and physically, and to serve You together. That is what I want for my life. If You want something different, or if You want it at a different time, help me to choose Your will. I must be patient to wait as Your will unfolds. I must not rush into a relationship that places my will above Yours.

Lord, I admit that it is hard. You see my tears. You know my heartbreak. You sense my loneliness. Yet, You still know what is best for me. I choose Your will. But, the difficulty comes when I have the opportunity to jump the tracks and head in my own direction. Father, protect me from myself. Protect me from my heart that deeply desires to be married. Help me to wait for Your will. I know it will be best, but it is still hard when other options arise. So, with a trembling heart that longs most to be connected to You, I pray: “Lord, not my will, but Yours be done.” You know my heart’s desire. But, I trust You. Bring about Your will in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

BMWK, did these prayers help you today?

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Joann Fisher wrote 123 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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Christian Singles: 4 Scriptures to Restore Your Faith When You Have Given in to Sexual Temptation

BY: - 6 Oct '17 | Faith

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So, you desire to be celibate, but, well, you’re no longer a virgin and you think that, even though you are a Christian, the celibacy ship has sailed. You wonder if there is any hope for those who have already tossed sexual purity to the side and  given in to sexual temptation. Well, there is. In Christ, there is always hope. God is a God who showers His grace and mercy on those who seek after Him. He will forgive and restore when we turn back to Him. If you choose to follow the Bible and trust it as God’s word, here are four scriptures that will help those who gave in to their sexual struggle, feel disheartened, and truly desire to change.

Step #1: Repent

I know “repent” is a really strong religious word. But, Acts 3:19 says: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (NIV). Turning back to the Lord after we have fallen short starts with repentance. To repent means to change directions or make a U-turn.

When someone repents, they turn back to the Lord as they turns away from their sin. If there is no heart’s desire to change one’s behavior, then there is no true repentance. But, when we come to the Lord with godly sorrow for the sin in our life and with a longing for our actions to be different moving forward, then God graciously receives us and restores us. It all starts with repentance.

Step #2: Be Forgiven

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2, NIV). These verses show the heart of God. He loves to wash us clean. He loves to forgive our sin and lavish His compassion and mercy on us.

If you have blown it when it comes to sexual purity, that does not mean that all is lost. Come to the Lord, confess your sin, and commit to living differently moving forward. Because true repentance is not a revolving door in and out of sin, your journey of celibacy will take on a whole new meaning when God is at the forefront.

Step #3: Receive that Forgiveness

One of the most difficult things for Christians to do is to forgive themselves. When we refuse to forgive ourselves we are underestimating the power of God and the grace of God. If God says that He forgives us, who do we think we are that we will not walk in the truth of that forgiveness? That is an insult to the Lord who wants to show His goodness by forgiving us. Listen to this great promise: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”(Romans 8:1, NIV).

Paul says that for anyone who is in Christ, who has been covered by the blood of the perfect and spotless lamb, Jesus, there is no condemnation. When you repent and receive God’s forgiveness, you no longer have to carry around the guilt, the shame, or the judgment that sin brings. The forgiveness doesn’t come because you deserve it but because God is so gracious to give it. Your “no condemnation” status points to God’s greatness not your goodness. Once that sin is forgiven, let go of it and walk in the freedom that forgiveness brings.

Step #4: Walk in the Strength of the Holy Spirit

Once you repent, God forgives, and you receive that forgiveness, God calls you to no longer walk in that sin that He just forgave. You may say, “I can’t change. I’ll never beat this sin. I can’t stop.” The strength to change your life and no longer walk in that sin does not come from you. It can only come from the Spirit of God that lives in you.

Galatians 5:16-17 says: “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (NIV).

The only way to win the victory over sexual sin in your life is to walk in the Spirit. That means to depend on His strength rather than you own. When you do things your way (walk in the flesh), you will fail every time. But, when you do things God’s way (walk in the Spirit), the Lord will get it right in you.

If you have already given in to the sexual temptation and have fallen short of the sexual purity that you wanted and that God wanted for you, don’t lose hope. Come to the Lord. Repent. Be forgiven. Receive that forgiveness. And, walk in the strength of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.

Recommit to being sexually pure from this day forward. Commit to the Lord, to yourself, and to your future husband that from this moment until your wedding night, you will stay sexually pure. God will honor that. You will relish the freedom of forgiveness. And, you will be moving toward a healthier, happier marriage. Today, you can have a brand new start in Christ. Step up and commit to being pure. It does matter.

BMWK, are you ready to take the journey of celibacy?

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Joann Fisher wrote 123 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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