Looking back, we both prayed some very intentional and specific prayers. This is one area of our lives that I believe we were quite intentional about. Marriage is that important, when you take a moment to consider the long term commitment and the impact on generations unborn, you will know that you should spend time seeking God’s face for the journey ahead.
My prayers were quite specific and no area was off-limit. So what did I pray for? Every and anything that came to mind.
• I prayed that I did not want to have to deal with alcohol, late nights or a man who spends more time out with his buddies than his family. I was very particular about the bottle, in words, I asked God that whoever he is bringing my way should have had a healthy dose of alcohol to last him a lifetime. I did not want to deal with all the questions around, is it ok to do, how much is ok, when do you stop, and the side attachments that comes with alcohol consumption. Based on personal preference, I just did not want to add that to the list of things to worry about in marriage. I prayed and by the time he showed up, it was no longer on his to-do list. When he said goodbye to the bottle, someone’s prayer was answered somewhere.
• I also prayed that we will be best friends, this was important to me. It was important that we were accountable to each other and did not have a backup plan or divided loyalties. At that time, I had friends, a best friend for different segments of my life, no single best friend, so I did not have to worry about myself. He had a best friend, they were close, he did not bother me personally, but my prayers were already registered in heaven, so it was not about any specific individual. At this point in our relationship, I lived in a different country and as I planned to visit, he made a plan with his best friend to join the Welcome Party. That never happened, in the weirdest of ways, they lost touch and despite attempts by my husband to find him, they only reconnected 13 years after. In that time, we have been married for 11 years with three children to show for it. We really cannot explain what happened there, but I know that I pray a simple prayer and I guess I got an answer.
I shared these stories to provide a glimpse into the many ways God has shown up even hearing the most simple of prayers. Remember if it is worth worrying about, it is worth praying about.
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