This part is mostly for the single people, but the dating and married can glean some good advice, too.
I watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the other day, and I think all single people can learn a thing or two from the first song.
Bless your beautiful hide
Wherever you may be.
We ain’t met yet, but I’m willing to bet
You’re the gal for me.
Adam sings this song as he strolls through town, looking to find himself a bride. Of course, in context, he doesn’t really know what he wants, but even so, the lyrics can teach us a lesson: he hasn’t met her, doesn’t even know who she is, yet Adam is already blessing her.
Pray for your spouse before you ever meet them.
Call down the heavenly hosts to bless their socks off. You can pray for comfort, protection, strength, perseverance, chastity, encouragement, healing, or whatever comes to mind, but make sure you are blessing them, not just trying to bless yourself. Add a prayer of thankfulness that God loves you so much that he carefully picks the person for you.
You don’t know who they are, but if God has put it on your heart to marry, then you know God has a special man or woman that he’s setting aside for you. And if God has specially selected them, then you know they’re worth every ounce of love in your body.
This is preparing your heart for them. You extend your spirit towards them. You don’t know where to send it, but God knows, and trust me, it will reach its destination. I should know. I have experience.
In the months when God was building me as an individual, I still knew that God had put marriage in my heart. One day, I felt God prompting me to pray for this young woman, so I prayed that God could protect and keep her, that he would build her up for me and more importantly, build me up for her. That’s a good basic prayer for you single Christians, and you can add your own style to it.
I didn’t know it, but in the months I was praying, God was doing exactly as I asked. He was building my future wife up in her own walk with God and in her individuality. By the time we met, we’d both grown enough alone that we could continue growing together. It amazed me how much she and I were walking the exact same path. Eventually, this would be one of the many things that convinced me to marry her, and it all started with prayer.
If you think it doesn’t make a difference, you don’t know the power of prayer. James 5:16 says that “the fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] avails much.” (NKJV, addition mine). Don’t make it a glib prayer, be serious about it. Love in a marriage only lasts forever if you both put forth the effort, so why not start now? Why not prepare that spiritual foundation even today?
If you’re single but you would like to marry, take a moment now to pray for them. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy, but make it genuine.
If you’re dating or married, pray all the more. Now you know them, now you know their deepest joys, fears, strengths, and struggles. Pray for them and also make a thankful prayer for them.
God loves them already, so you start loving on ’em, too!