Today we are praying for marriages. Every Christian marriage is not only supposed to be a beautiful and fulfilling relationship, but it is also a prophecy of Christ and the church, and for both those reasons it is a prime target for attack by the enemy. We see the institution of marriage and even the definition of marriage being undermined today as never before. Marriages need to be covered in prayer!
Father, we pray for every marriage in our church. We thank you for every healthy marriage, we pray that each couple will be blessed by your grace and favour, that where there is strife, disunity and misunderstanding you will bring peace, unity and understanding. We pray for every marriage that is struggling, that you will help them to confront every issue that threatens to divide, and restore oneness and wholeness to them. We pray for broken marriages that have suffered splits, that even there, you will help them to work through the hurt and damage and bring them through to reconciliation and a fresh love for one another.
We pray also today for prodigal children who have been brought up in the ways of the Lord but have wandered away. We pray for every parent who is suffering the pain of seeing their child walking far from God’s purposes.
Lord, let strength arise in every parent’s heart, and restore hope where there is despair, give every father and mother renewed grace and perseverance to pray for their children and not to lose heart, for you said “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.” You said, “Shall God not avenge his own chosen ones who cry day and night to him?”
It may seem a long time that you have been praying, but at any moment change can suddenly happen. In Jesus’ parable, when the prodigal son was in the pigsty, at the furthest point away from God, he suddenly came to his senses and said, “I will arise and go to my father.” We pray that persevering prayer may prevail and that many prodigals will return this year!