Worship and Marriage

One of the biggest desires of my heart is to be a wife.

 

Not only to be a wife, but to be the wife that God intends for me to be.

 

I read a book a couple years ago titled Praying for Your Future Husband and it changed my world. I never thought about praying for the person I’d spend the rest of my life with. But after reading it not once, but twice, I knew right away that praying for my husband would be an incredibly rewarding thing for me to do.

 

Up until recently, it wasn’t something that I prayed for all the time. When I thought about it, I’d think, “Yeah, I’ll pray about that tonight.” And then when night came, I had completely forgotten about it. Then the thought of my future husband became more prevalent and pushed its way to the front of my mind. I realized that, for some reason, God was purposefully putting whoever he is on my mind. And it was when I came to that realization, that I began praying for him more frequently. I began praying that, wherever he was in that moment, God would pour down courage and strength upon him. I prayed that he would always be aware of the goodness that is God. But most importantly, I prayed that the two things in our marriage that would always come first is God and worship.

 

When I worship, I feel my closest to God. It’s when I’m able to fall on my knees and come to Him for anything and everything. I love that through worship, I’m able to give God the glory He so deserves, or that I can show Him how desperately I’m hurting and need His guidance and love. And I’ve been praying that my future husband is the same. I pray that he also feels God’s presence the most while entering into worship. I pray that no matter the situation, he also can fall on His knees and surrender himself to the Lord.

 

I’ve prayed that worship will be the time we both come together, as husband and wife, and fall on our knees before God. That we can worship in the good times; when things are going our way. That we can worship in the bad times; when we don’t think it can get any worse. I’ve prayed that worship will be the way we come to God with desires for our marriage and for our family. I’ve prayed that even before we’re married, worship is what brings us closer as a couple. I’ve just prayed that worship be an integral part of our relationship.

 

I find comfort in knowing that God has the perfect man picked for me. That He has given me the desires of my heart for a special reason, and that he will soon become faithful in all of His promises. In this season, as I attempt to patiently await God’s timing, there’s a song that I hold near and dear in my heart. When I listen to it and enter into worship, I feel God’s love wrapping itself around me. I feel in my heart that it’s the perfect way to see how much God loves us, and to know that in due time, His promises will come to life. It’s the song called “Pieces” by Steffany Gretzinger (give it a listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI9aqfmVmPc).

 

Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word // It honors what’s sacred, cause its vows are good

Those lyrics, to me, is God’s way of saying, “Be patient. I love you, and I will be faithful to my promises.” It’s His way of saying to me that my prayers will be answered and that I’ll have a Christ and worship centered marriage. It’s my hope. It’s what I hold on to in the tough times. The times when I become impatient and wish He’d hurry already. The times I feel lonely and abandoned. The times when I forget the amazing things that will happen in my life.

So I encourage you to pray. To pray for the man (or woman if you’re a guy reading this), that you’re going to marry. You have desires in your heart for a reason. They are there because of God. Find the desires for your future spouse and your future marriage. Pray that whatever way you feel closest to God, whoever you marry feels closest to Him in the same way. Pray that God will be the center of your relationship, and that the both of you together will go to Him for all things. Pray for anything and everything you can think of because I can promise you it will make a difference. It will make a difference in your life now, and in your life once you’re married.

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