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Day 16 – Love Intercedes February 8, 2010

Posted by poetiscian in love.
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Dear heavenly Father, it is so costly to love.  I find myself bankrupt after having spent so much of myself. The one I loved has hidden himself from me, leaving me to search for the shattered pieces of my heart.  Help me to recover them from the dust.  And as my spirit weeps over my emptiness, please catch my tears and refresh me with them.

Michelle Mckinney Hammond – “Help for the Hurting Heart…”

It is common to go down on our knees in prayer when things are not going as well as we would like. Usually during times of crisis, we call out to our Father to just intercede on our behalf. So, we are not strangers to the prayer concept. But wouldn’t it be nice to cry out to the Lord before things got to their worst.  Instead of praying when our partner has abandoned the relationship, we started praying way ahead of the fall-out.  Stop trying to change who people are, just pray for them. Quit expecting to get different results by doing the same thing over and over.

Go before the Lord in earnest prayer. Tell God exactly what you want out of your relationships and stop nagging the people in your life to do something different. You want a more wholesome and honest relationship with your children, then seek out God first. If your wife is constantly starting some drama in the house, then go to the one who is sovereign. You desperately would like for your father to attend church, don’t mentally beat him up, seek God through fervent prayer.

It is crucial that you realize now that you can’t and I do mean, can’t change anybody, and that includes the people who you love the most. Everyone has their own personality and it may not coincide with what you think is right or wrong.  So, the only real test of love is to accept them for who they are at that particular moment and then pray for them.  Not a selfish prayer based on your own needs, but the desires that will strengthen the relationship.  But first you must have an intimate relationship with God for He so desires this from all of us. It is important to be humble and not think yourself better than those in your relationships. It is impossible to compete with God and He does not want this, instead He wants you to submit to loving with all of your heart.  When you’ve done all you can – just pray!

A few critical thoughts:
God changes the heart not nagging. Most loving thing is to pray. Pray for what you want.  Effective prayer is powerful, it is a spiritual phenomenon. Pray instead of giving up.

Biblical Verse(s):
Luke 18:1 – Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Resources: The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
Online Resources: Meet Michelle McKinney Hammond bestselling author, speaker, singer and television co-host.

Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart.  Pray for three specific areas where you desire for god to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.

Q: Do you intentionally look for fault in your relationships or pray for change?

Have a blessed day, I love you!