The other day I woke up with a heavy heart for a friend who is going through a tough situation in his marriage. I am not married and have never been married so I cannot begin to understand the breadth of what he’s dealing with but my heart still hurts for him. I have experienced broken relationships and friendships and sometimes it can feel like someone has literally ripped your heart out. I know my situations do not compare to the bond of marriage but the hurt is still real. I can remember a time in my life where the pain I endured due to a broken relationship was so unbearable that I asked God to take my life in my sleep. Being in heaven with Him was far greater than enduring this heartache here on earth. God did not honor that request…clearly…I am still here. What I learned? There is definitely purpose in our pain, in the tears we cry and every sleepless night.
So today I have been called to pray for anyone who has experienced or is experiencing or even knows someone experiencing this type of pain. My prayer will be specific to my friend but if you are believing God for a restored friendship or relationship whether it be with a spouse, significant other, family member or even business or professional – this prayer is for you too!
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you as humbly as I know how first to say thank you. Thank you for being such a loving Father. Thank you for being so sovereign and loving me even when I didn’t love myself. Thank you for sending Your son to die for my sins knowing that despite this display of love, I would still at times reject You.
God, I want to repent for those times when I did reject Your love, Your wisdom and Your gentle calling to choose you this day who I will serve. When I chose to do it my way and reject Your loving kindness. But God, you’re such a loving Father and grant free will and allow me to choose. And when I have come to the end of myself and finally turn back to You, You were always there with open arms. Thank you Father!
Now God, I come to you today with a very specific request for my friend “Tony”. God, you said that the prayers of the righteous availeth much and that if I ask anything in Your name and believe in faith I shall receive it. You also said that I should come boldly to the throne of grace that I may obtain mercy and find grace in the time of need.
Well God, I come boldly to Your throne, in right standing with You. Having confessed my sins, known and unknown and believing You are a God who can move mountains. God, touch my friend “Tony”. Touch him in places that only You can. God restore his soul, his peace and his joy. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but you’ve come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Restore life in him. And God, please restore his marriage. God, give him the strength he needs to walk by faith and not by sight.
God, you are a redeemer of time. Redeem the time they have lost during this separation. Touch his heart and give him direction in what he should do next. From the outside looking in, it looks like it’s over but just when the world thinks it’s over, that’s when you show up and show yourself strong. In our weakness, you are made strong. Show up in his marriage, show up in his weakness. Allow him to trust you to move this seemingly unmovable mountain.
Just like Paul pleaded with You to remove the thorn but you didn’t, allow “Tony” to trust that there is a purpose in this pain. If the situation doesn’t change right away, allow him to trust that Your desire is to ultimately change him in the situation. Soften his heart towards his wife and allow him to always display Christ-like love despite what is displayed towards him. Allow his love for You and desire to please You be a catalyst to his wife’s healing and turning her heart back to first You and then to him. God heal any brokenness in her and break all generational curses and ungodly soul ties that have her bound. This is a spiritual battle and a spiritual battle cannot be fought with our logic and intellect. This type of battle can only be fought with Your Word.
So I stand before you with the full armor of God on. Standing firm with the belt of truth around my waist and breastplate of righteousness in place to let the devil know and put him on notice that he will no longer have a hold on “Tony’s” wife and marriage. Weapons have been formed against them but they will not prosper. I cast the devil back into the fiery pits of hell from which he came. He has no authority here.
God, honor this prayer. You said where two or three are gathered together, you will be in the midst. God, I feel your presence and thank and praise You for it. God, continue to shine your blessings down on us and I will forever give Your name all the glory.
It is in Your Son’s name that I pray and leave it in Your hands. Amen.
Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!