Saturday, December 3, 2016
"On Fire": (PRAYER PROJECT) Would You Like Intercession for You & Your Future Husband?
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."---I Timothy 6:6(NKJV)
I mentioned in a recent post that...
I was going to be doing more interceding for single women who desire marital covenant in this season (Ecclesiastes 3). I received confirmation that now was time when I checked out two pieces.
First "How Can You Know If You Are Ready to Be a Godly Wife?" It's basically a (relatively long yet thorough) list of questions. I'm going to include 15 here. Click on the link to check 'em all out:
Are you able to be content whether you are in a relationship with a man or not – depending totally on Christ for your fulfillment, purpose, strength, and security?
Are you able to deeply and sincerely forgive when you are sinned against?
Are you willing to not take over or try to be in control – allowing your man to make mistakes as he leads and grows as a leader?
Are you willing to live frugally, if necessary, when there are hard financial times – without resentment?
Are you willing to do housework and to keep a decent home, creating a haven and place of peace, rest, and joy for your husband?
Have you worked through any trust issues and healed from childhood wounds? To some degree, you can’t completely know ahead of time how marriage may bring these up even more, but have you addressed these things and are you seeking Christ and His healing and His truth in these areas?
Are you truly finding all of your contentment in Christ alone, or are you expecting your man or marriage or children or romance to make you happy? What will you do when your husband fails you – as all husbands do to some degree?
Are you ready to realize that marriage is much more about Jesus and about your faith in Him than it is about you and your husband? Are you able to see that you are playing a part that God has assigned for you to bring people to Christ? That marriage is about the gospel and about drawing many to Jesus much more than it is about you?
Are you able to take responsibility for your own emotions, your own spiritual growth and happiness?
Will you be flexible if his calling changes?
What are your expectations of marriage? Once you get married, are you willing to lay down your expectations?
Is there anything your man could do that would make you want to divorce him? If so – you may not be ready for marriage. For a believing wife, divorce really should not be an option.
Are you able to respond gently when someone is harsh with you (Prov. 15:1)?
What is it that you need to be happy in life? If you believe you need anything other than Christ alone – you may be dealing with idolatry. It would be good to look at your motives and priorities and to allow God to help you examine them carefully. We can easily deceive ourselves to think we are serving Christ but put other things above Him in our hearts.
Are you prepared to 1. love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength no matter what. 2. love this man with God’s love?
As you can tell through the phrasing of some of these questions, this was basically written for someone who is already in a serious relationship. However, whether you're in one or not, a lot of this certainly applies to all women who desire marriage. I dig the list because it gets us out of fantasy land and into reality (Ecclesiastes 7:18--Message).
And did you notice that there was a particular word that came up more than once? CONTENT.
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"---Hebrews 13:5(NKJV)
"Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]"---Hebrews 13:5(AMPC)
These are not mere suggestions.
These are biblical commands.
Content: satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else; British. agreeing; assenting; Archaic. willing
Satisfied: to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to; to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficient or ample provision
Anyone who is constantly preoccupied with wanting to have a man/being in a relationship/get married, they are already showing signs of not being content or satisfied. Whether we realize it or not, it's a sign of disobedience...and to a certain extent, distrust (Proverbs 3:4-6). Matthew 6:8(NKJV) tells us "For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."
Translation: IF YOU *NEEDED* a husband right now, you would *HAVE* one.
How content are *you* with your present circumstances?
If you're not, that might be the first thing to pray about.
However, if you are content (again, that's something to pray about, not simply assume that you are) and you have a desire to be married or, even better, having received a confirmation from God himself that you are called to it (Matthew 19:1-12--Message), one of the first things to keep in mind is the title of I Corinthians 7:17 (NKJV). It says "Live as You Are Called".
A godly wife in preparation doesn't date around (she guards her heart--Proverbs 4:23).
A godly wife in preparation is not sexually active (I Corinthians 6:16-20--Message).
A godly wife in preparation studies *the Word's standards* for being a helpmate (Ephesians 5, I Peter 3).
A godly wife in preparation cares more about God's timing than her own (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
A godly wife in preparation doesn't settle for someone who does not honor God's Word and boundaries (2 Corinthians 6:11-18).
And, a wife in preparation knows that prayer is profound and powerful!
It brings wholeness (James 1:4).
It brings wisdom (James 1:5).
It brings peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
It brings power (James 5:16).
It brings "the avoidance of temptation" (I Corinthians 10:13).
It brings you all the more into the will of God (I John 5:14-15)!
And shouldn't that be what we ALL want?
WHATEVER HE THINKS IS BEST!!!
So, in the honor of this very thing, I want to share a project entitled "Prayers for My Future Husband: 2 Week Prayer Journey". Starting Wednesday, December 7 thru Wednesday, December 21 if you want to partake in this prayer project, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, share your requests and as you're praying for "him", I'll intercede for you.
I really do adore how these women broke the project down:
Step 1.There are 14 prayers for you to pray for your future husband for 14 days.
Step 2.We want you as the reader, to read it,
Step 3. Pray it and
Step 4. Write/or pray it in your own words.
Step 5. Save all your written prayers for your honeymoon! Give your husband one prayer a day on your special honeymoon, it will make it even more special.
But after the 14th prayer it doesn’t have to end there. This 2 week journey is just a jump-start for you! After Prayers for our Future Husbands ends, you can continue to pray in your daily devotions, before you go to bed, when your sitting in the living room, when your doing dishes, etc. Whenever you remember to, just pray!
We hope you will join us in our 2 week prayer journey. Your future husbands need it ladies!
I agree! The first prayer is this:
Lord, I don’t know who my future husband will be but you do. So I willingly trust you with my life and his. I want to lift my future husband up to you this weekend Lord. Please give him a great weekend! Help him to enjoy his friends and family. Give him peace and rest from the hard work week. Help him to keep his eyes on you and to encounter your presence in a whole new way! I pray that he would be able to make the right choices and decisions when it comes to his plans this weekend. Help him to be a light and shining example to his friends this weekend. Lord, whatever he does let it be a reflection of his love for you and may he bring you glory. Please help him know you love him and are looking out for him. Thank you Jesus. I love you and want to bring You and my future husband honor.
As far as the purpose of prayer itself, Oswald Chambers breaks it down well:
To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature.
*PRAYER CHANGES THE WAY WE LOOK AT THINGS*. AMEN.
So, in preparation for the calendar New Year, God's timing is awesome (Acts 1:7--Message)!
Shoot me an email, at the completion of this project, I'll send you something in return...
And let's see what God does (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Oh, feel free to do this at any time, but to get in on the intercession and seed, I'll need emails *no later than 6pm(CST) on Tuesday* so that I can get things organized on my end.
Here's to a divine connection!
"I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me." (Psalm 57:2--NKJV)