About a month ago, my husband and I attended a group designed to help and encourage those leading small groups (specifically those small groups at our community church). Over the next few days I thought about our discussion and at some point decided that I would pray daily for anything and everything I could think of that had to do with those small groups.
At first I was brimming with ideas. I prayed for the existing groups, for potential groups, for insight for the leaders, etc. After a few days though I sort of ran out of new ideas and my prayers seemed kind of boring (praying for the same things over and over again), but I had committed to pray for a month so I kept plugging along. The interesting thing was, eventually my prayers took on a new life. Not only did the ideas begin to flow again, but my prayers were changing my heart toward everyone I prayed for. I cared more. I wanted more for the people in the groups and I wanted others to experience all the great stuff that comes from being in relationship in small groups.
What would happen if we prayed for our marriages every day for a month?
I can guarantee that at some point the praying will feel dry and fruitless, but what would happen if we kept praying anyhow until it changed our hearts and opened our minds to new possibilities?
So … for those who think this is something you would like to do, I’m going to put a small reminder in my posts for the next 30 days. Pray specifically for your marriage. (If you want to pray for a couple of other marriages, that’s fine too, but don’t lose sight of praying for your own marriage. It’s easy to take on too much and then fall off the wagon.)
And he [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1 ESV
Day 1 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge ♥ Find a quiet spot and ask God to grow your marriage. Just a sentence or two.