He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favor from the Lord.
- Proverbs 18:22.
Lord, I pray that unless Your plan is for David or Elizabeth to remain single, You will send the perfect marriage partner for each of them. Send the right wife and husband, respectively, at the perfect time and give them a clear leading from You as to who it is. I pray that my children will be submissive enough to hear Your voice when it comes time to make a marriage decision, that that they will make that decision based on what You are saying and not just fleshly desire. I pray that they will trust You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding; that they will acknowledge You in all their ways so that You will direct their paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Prepare that person who will make the perfect spouse for each of my children. Help them to know the difference between simply falling in love and knowing for certain this is the person with whom God wants them to spend the rest of their lives. If they become attracted to someone they shouldn't marry, I pray that You, Lord, would cut off the relationship. Help them to realize that unless You are at the center of the marriage, it will never stand. Unless You bless it, it won't be blessed. For Your Word says, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Psalm 127:1). I pray that You would build the marriage around which their house is established.
When they do find the right one to marry, I pray that person will be a godly and devoted servant of Yours, who loves You and lives Your way, and will be like a son or daughter to me and a blessing to all other family members. Once they are married, let there be no divorce in their futures. May there never be mental, emotional or physical abuse of any kind, but rather mental, emotional and physical unity that is never touched by division. I pray for their deliverance from any spirit of divorce, separation, or disunity that would attempt to drive a wedge into their relationship. Give them each a strong desire to live in fidelity, and remove any temptation to infidelity.
May they have one mate for life, who is also their closest friend. May they be mutually loyal, compassionate, considerate, sensitive, respectful, affectionate, forgiving, supportive, caring and loving toward one another all the days of their lives.* In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
From the beginning of the creation,
God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh;
so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
let man not separate.
- Mark 10:6-9
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