Have you noticed how so many people are saying, “You’re in our thoughts and prayers.”  I’m not suggesting that it is a bad thing to think of other people.  When our friends are going through a rough patch, it is natural for us to spend time thinking of them.

It seems to me that “You’re in my thoughts” is just a secularized way of saying, “I’m praying for you.”  Folks want to express sympathy for others, and this is a nice way to do it without sounding religious.

But practically speaking, what good does it do for people to think of another person?  This actually strikes me as a sort of blasphemy; instead of asking God for help, we’re holding a person in our thoughts, as thought that would have an effect.

Don’t fall into the same pattern of thinking as the world.  If you care about a friend in need, take them to the throne room.  Bring their name before our loving God.  Pray without ceasing.  Your thoughts, noble and humane though they might be, account for nothing.

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Love never fails. —1 Corinthians 13:8

Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your wife. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love her no matter what. Leave it in a place that she will find it.

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father. —Matthew 18:19


Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it’s in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.

Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men. —Ephesians 6:7 HCSB

Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs. Whether it comes easy for you or not, say “I love you,” then express love to them in some tangible way. Go to God in prayer again, thanking Him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person—unconditionally, the way He loves both of you.

The Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire. —Isaiah 58:11

Be intentional today about making a time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs each day (there are thirty-one—a full month’s supply), or reading a chapter in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). As you do, immerse yourself in the love and promises God has for you. This will add to your growth as you walk with Him.

Guys, if you want to walk in strength with Christ, this is the most important thing you can do to stay strong: read His word!  The Holy Spirit inspired it for our benefit.  Would you be strengthened by a word of prophesy?  A word of knowledge?  Let God speak into your life: Open your bible and read.