Day 37
"Love Agrees in Prayer"

"If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father"
(Matthew 18:19)

What if I told you that there was one thing that you could do which would assure an improvement in your marriage? And if I added that the one thing would be a key ingredient in longevity and intimacy in your marriage? What if I said that one thing would produce harmony, unity, forgiveness . . . and humility? Would you be interested in knowing what that one thing was? Praying together. The unity that grows between a man and woman who regularly pray together forms an intense and powerful connection. Within the sanctuary of your marriage, praying together can work wonders on every level of your relationship.

Have you ever thought of your wife as a life-time prayer partner? When the two of you go to the Lord in adoration of Him, in humble confession of sin, in thanksgiving for His many blessings, in need of strength and help in the midst of decisions, loneliness, fear, and conflict . . . and in intercession for others, there is a beautiful bond that God will bless. If you're new at this, just remember that God wants to hear from you whether your prayers are short, awkward, or uncomfortable at first. He loves you - and he loves your family. Never forget that.

Another thing you can do is to agree to pray for each other at a specific time each day. Perhaps first thing in the morning, last thing at night . . . or at a specific hour when you both call out to the Lord in unison

What if your wife is not interested in praying together, and you honestly don't know how to pray for her? Try praying the blessing in Number 6:26 by inserting her name in the spaces:

"May the LORD bless ____ and keep her. May the LORD make His face to shine upon ____ and be gracious unto her. May the LORD lift up His countenance upon _____ and give her peace".

But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. (Psalm 88:13)

The Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."

Most people know that Jesus became poor. They just don't know why. Some people may tell you this verse refers only to being made "spiritually rich." Don't fall for that. Look at the context and you will see it is discussing money.

"Then why aren't Christians rich?"

The main reason is because of a lack of teaching on this subject. Everything we receive from God must be received by faith. not only in money; but everyting, including your marriage. If you don't believe it, you won't receive it. Jesus died so that everyone could be saved. However, until people hear the message and believe it, they continue lost in their sins. Yet the price has already been paid by Jesus for their freedom.

Instead of teaching that prosperity is a blessing available to believers, most churches have taught the opposite -- that it was the will of God for us to be poor; or anything else that becomes a tribulation in our lives. What we need is to hear preaching and teaching about it being God's will for us to prosper. We need to continue in the Word on that subject, to be set free in that area of life.

I am NOT saying being prosperous makes you a better person, or that it is a sign of great faith. I AM saying that poverty and lack is part of the curse -- which Jesus redeemed us from. God's prosperity is a growing thing that will not destroy you, unlike winning the lottery, or other get-rich-quick schemes. Time and continued obedience to God are required. But the fact remains, according to Scripture, Jesus became poor to set you free from poverty -- to make you rich.

Scripture For Today: Psalm 40:1-5 ... What are the most astounding things that God has done in your life during this time? What does the "new song" in verse 3 represent to you?

God Bless - and may He keep you and your family safely under His wings. -
The Dove Alliance