Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pray for your spouse, even if you haven't met them yet.


(Kandee and I when we are about 13 and 15)
When I was about 13, I went to a Christian teen convention in L.A where I learned something that would change my future. At the conference, there was main worship and then a few different classes you could take on relationships, marriage, growing closer to God and on and on. But the one thing that really got my attention was in the class on preparing for marriage one day. The speaker, taught about PRAYING for your future spouse. I thought this was kind of crazy since I had no idea who I would marry at the time. But God did, and I could pray to God for this Mr. X and God would see to it that what I asked for would be done if it was according to His will.



So off I went, praying for my future husband whenever I remembered to do it. I prayed for God to keep him safe, for God to guide him in his life.

Here's a few examples of areas you might want to cover in prayer:
  • Pray for is heart to be toward God
  • For his family, that they would be good parents and love him well
  • For God to guide his steps
  • For him to wait to have sex until you are married
  • For blessing over him and God's will to be done in his life
  • For Favor with God and then others
  • For wisdom from God
  • For him to love you as Christ loves the church (us- willing to die for us so that we may live)
  • For him to love God first, you second and then everything else
  • For him not to fall into addiction of drugs, alcohol and pornography
  • For him to be intelligent, smart to navigate life well
  • For his health, financial prosperity, spiritual growth etc.
This is just a starting point, feel free to add or change as you feel lead by the Spirit of God. If you still don't know what to pray, ask God to show you areas to pray for.

Are you wondering how my prayers turned out? Well, I'll tell you! Ha ha ha, even if you're not wondering! 

My faceless, nameless shadow of who I would marry--who received all of my prayers...Byron Myers. How delighted I was to hear of how different his life had been from most of the boys I grew up with. He didn't do drugs, drink or any of the other trouble starting habits that most guys I knew had. He had wisdom beyond his 23 years (that's how old he was when we met) and heart that had been prepared by God.

I know that the few desires I mentioned to God over the years had been answered, I had flesh and blood proof, and he was adorable. Still is. Ha ha ha! He is really my very own miracle, because as I dated through my teen years and into college--through breakups and heartache, I thought he might not even exist. But here he is, and right now he is playing with our precious little girls.

(Byron helping Audrey walk at Disneyland last week, with Sydney leading the way!)


See? It will all be okay. Don't be anxious and worry. God tells us this.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Pray for your future spouse EVERY time you start to get anxious. AND remember...

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." 

Your job is to keep God first in your life, above all else. And to NOT worry about your life. God is at work on your behalf. Think about that for a minute, the God who formed the foundations of the earth, who holds the world together with His Word, is working all things out for the GOOD of those who love Him. Now take a deep breath, it's all being handled, by God Himself. Wow.



Huge hugs and may God bless you and your future spouse--or if you already married, my He bless your marriage richly!

Tiffany  

42 comments:

  1. Wow... thank you for your words. I needed this. Maybe you remember me from your post "Excuse me, have you seen my husband?". I'm still praying for my future husband. Thank you for encouraging me and others too. You´re really my role model. God bless you and your family! Hugs :)

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    1. Thank you friend! Well, if God has put that desire on your heart, then He will bring the man to complete it! Maybe God is putting some final touches on him :-) Huge love to your friend. And may God bless your future hubby and you!

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  2. I love this, thanks for the encouragement! From Kierstytalk

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  3. Hello,
    I can see that you are hugely religious and I think that's awesome. I was just wondering what denomination you associate yourself with. Based on a lot of your posts, you sound Mormon?

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  4. Wow! You and Kandee were gorgeous even during that awkward teenage phase! Thank you for your words of wisdom, I get worried sometimes because I am nearing 30 and I know the older we get the harder it is, but I will definitely pray for my future husband and hopefully will meet the right man soon. Thanks again for this post, it has given so many of us single ladies hope! And I know this is off topic, but did you girls have braces growing up or were your teeth just naturally perfect? Jealous! :)

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  5. Great post! This is so true, the praying for the future spouse! I did this and the Lord answered even with the two specifics I asked for, the rest was all about his character and his relationship with the Lord. God does answer these kinds of prayers! He does care about who we women, and men, marry!

    Your daughters look adorable! Love the sparkly pink t-shirt!

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  6. Both you and Kandee are so gorgeous. Natural beauties.

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  8. Thank you for sharing God's word and for your sweet words of encouragement. I have two teenage daughters and I pray for them but I realize I can pray for their future husbands too! I will direct them to your blog. Hearing/reading these things from someone besides their parents and from someone younger, can't hurt! haha!

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  11. Thanks for this reassurance. I was so young and dumb and use to say I never wanted Marriage. That Was a lie from Hell Now I've been praying for Spouse. One who will Love God First and than I and My kids. help me pray about my anxiety and for his peace as I wait on the Lord God Bless You and love from west Africa Liberia.

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