What/how do you pray for your bride?
Are you praying for her, or for you? Are you praying for God’s best, for His will, in her life – or are you praying for something else.
Are you “asking in His name”? As I understand it, this does not mean tagging “In Jesus name, Amen” onto the end of our prayers. Asking in the name of a king meant you were saying that you have authority to ask on behalf of the king – and the answer should be the same the king would receive. However, if you went around doing this, and did NOT have authority to ask in the king’s name, when the king found out about it you would be in deep trouble. So, asking in the name of Jesus means asking on His authority. If what you ask it contrary to His will, then you are not asking in His name, and you can expect to be in deep trouble with Him. When you get a true understanding of this, you become very careful what you pray, and you tend to add “but your will be done” a lot!
Do you know His will for your bride? If not, seek that from Him so you can pray according to His will.
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
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A Grown Up Marriage
What Does That Say About Me?: This excellent post is also a great follow up to my Saturday post.
Intimacy in Marriage
Altar of Time: Are You Sacrificing Your Sexual Intimacy?: This guest post by Dustin of Engaged Marriage starts a multi-week series discussing the alters on which we sacrifice our sexual intimacy. Julie has brought together a great group of marriage bloggers, and I look forward to seeing what they all have to say on this subject.
Journey to Surrender
What Do You Do With the Gap?: In part 2 of his “What I Believe About Marriage” series, Scott has an interesting concept here that could be applied to a lot of bad theology.
The Bridal Paradigm and Marriage – An Ordered Partnership are parts 3 and 4 of Scott’s “What I Believe About Marriage” series.
Happy Couples Give Spouses Their Attention: How often do you and your bride give full attention to each other? How often do you say “Yes” to each other? If it’s not most of the time, it could mean you have a problem.
There’s More to Life and Marriage Than Happiness: Do you know the five things needed to flourish?
Why Your Brain and Your Marriage Need Vacations: I recently said couples need vacations together. Here is part of why that is true.
One Flesh Marriage
Sex: The art of asking for more and Sex: The Art of Offering More are two great posts from January that I missed (I was on my anniversary trip, practicing what I preach!).
The Libido Fairy: Forget teeth under our pillow, this is the fairy you want to show up! ;-)
The Romantic Vineyard
Romantic Deployment: If you or your bride serve in the military, this is a MUST READ post.
5 Steps to Maximize Summer: If your wife has kids to deal with this summer, this guest post from The Confident Mom is a MUST READ.
2 words for a better marriage: Actually 11 sets of two words – a great post.