As I looked at my prayer list today I was excited to see that my prayer was for the newly marriage union of my best friend and her husband. Noting the issue of marriages of today, I was eager to support my prayer with scriptures for their bond. Only married for less than a year, my desire was to pray for love abounding, success, future kids and wisdom.
As I prayed for guidance in looking up scripture that would guide my prayer, two spoke clearly to my heart. The first was 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” And Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
As I pondered these two verses and reflected on Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” I quickly realized that the Lord was leading me to not only pray for my friends but to pray and encourage others to lift up the sacrament of marriage in prayer.
For those that have been married, we know that being in this type of relationship isn’t easy and some of the best advice we can give is what I call the 4 C’s: Christ, commitment, communication and conflict (management). Without the first as the cornerstone, the relationship will fail and the final 3 if mastered, will bring to any union peace and success.
After I finished my prayer out of interest I referred to the UN Demographic and Social Statistics Division for statistics on marriage to divorce ratio and noted that out of top 10 countries in the world Europe took up 8 spots with Belgium leading at 71%, Portugal 68% and Hungary in 3rd place at 67%. The USA was last on the list at number 10 with a 50% ratio. Amongst the lowest percent ratios were the Caribbean region.
Which led me to really think… “Why?” But I knew that I was asking the wrong question! It isn’t why? For that we could come up with a myriad of excuses, but it really is who is to blame?
And many of us may be quick to blame men, women, society, this crazy world…. But that is all wrong.
The bible tells us that Satan has come to steal and destroy (John 10:10). The devil HATES marriages and family… That is where we need to place the correct blame. And once we recognize that then we need to all fight! And how do we fight for all marriages and family units? We pray, read and use scriptures in our prayers.
Reflection: Join me as I pray for marriages and families. Let us people of God who are called together by his name rise up and fight with prayer, praise and glory to God. HE answers prayers!
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