I had picked up a book, Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His, by Robin Jones Gunn. I cannot speak for the entire book, as I haven't read all of it yet, but I wanted to share with you something I found in the back appendixes that caught my eye. In the book, the author lays out 52 bible verses that are designed to help with everyday journeying. There is a small reflection, and then a bible verse that echoes the reflection.
I want to share with you the first ten verses, reflections, and my thoughts today.
Don't freak out - even though the book is about praying for your future husband, the reflections apply to both genders praying for their future spouses.
Day 1: Pray that your future spouse will turn to God for Salvation. Pray that he/she will seek God as strength and song.
Today, pray that he/she will turn to God in times of trouble, but also remember to have a relationship with Him during times of Plenty. Isaiah 12:2 says, "God indeed is my savior, I am confident and unafraid. My strength & courage is the Lord and He has been my savior."
Day 2: Pray that your future spouse will be guided by God on paths of righteousness, so God's name will be honored. God never said this path of purity and holiness will be easy. Our path is narrow, and not chosen by many. Sometimes all we have to hold onto is the fact that we are following God's will. Psalms 23:3 says, "He [God] restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake."
Day 3: Pray that your future spouse will call out to God in every need. Pray that he/she will see that God can use his/her struggles, and to be confident in God's ability to turn our hardships into opportunities for grace. Psalms 70:5 says, "But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. May those who long for your help always say, 'God be glorified!'"
Day 4: Pray that your future spouse will trust God and not be afraid. Pray that he/she trusts in God to be their defense. In our world there is so much temptation and ridicule. Psalms 59:9 says, "My strength, for you I watch; you, God, are my fortress, my loving God."
Day 5: Pray that God's face will shine upon your future spouse. In Hebrew, the phrase: "Let his face shine upon you" means to smile. Pray that God smiles on him/her - for the best form of worship to God is to give thanks to God with our very lives. Numbers 6:25-26 says, "The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace."
Day 6: Pray that your future spouse will submit all to God. Our very task of life is impossible without God's grace. Pray that he/she will be mindful of God's plan in all their ways. By submitting and surrendering to God, we are able to be free of this world and free for God. Proverbs 3:6 says, "In all your ways, be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths."
Day 7: Pray that your future spouse will have a heart tender towards God's instructions. God's plans are so much higher than ours, so pray that he/she will keep his/her heart open to God's voice. Psalms 16:7 says, "I bless the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me."
Day 8: Pray that your future spouse will run to the Lord as a strong tower. The Church and Christ are a solid support system and refuge from the trials of life. Proverbs 18:10 says, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the just man may run to it and is safe."
Day 9: Pray that your future spouse can see God as his/her hiding place. Even when we give into temptation, God is ready with His arms open. We are all His children, and His fondest wish is or us to coming running back to Him. Christ loves us so much, and wishes to protect us. Pray that your future spouse runs often to the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Psalms 32:7 says, "You [God] are my shelter; from distress you keep me; with safety you ring me around."
Day 10: Pray that your futures spouse will seek God's pleasure above his/her own - and that God will give the desire of his/her heart. Pray that he/she will enjoy their relationship with God and seek happiness in Him. Psalms 37:4 say, "Find your delight in the Lord, who will give you your heart's desire."
Do/did you pray for your future spouse? Let me know your story in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you.
God Bless you all,