The New Creation Marriage
The following prayer was given to me by the Holy Spirit for my husband and me.
Husband, you may pray the part for the wife in the third person.
Wife, you may pray the part for the husband in the third person.
Find time to pray together if both parties are willing and receptive.
The couple prays together:
Father, in the name of Jesus, we rejoice and delight ourselves in one another. We are in Christ, the Messiah, and have become (new creatures altogether) new creations; the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! May our family be seen as bright lights — stars or beacons shining out clearly — in the [dark] world. We are willing to receive suggestions from each other. Our relationships in our individual families can benefit from the analogy of the family of God in Ephesians 5. In this relationship we are learning to function so that each preserves his or her own personality while responding to the desires of each other. This unity of persons that preserves individuality is a mystery, but that is how it is when we are united to Christ. So we love each other and let the miracle keep happening!
We will walk in agreement on the authority of Your Word and seek to understand one another. That is more important than being understood. We will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, in the name of Jesus.
The husband prays:
*Father, I take responsibility for my family just as Christ does for the Church. I am a provider for my family. Marriage calls for reciprocal giving, so I love my wife with the self-giving love that Christ showed for His family, the Church.
You are helping me provide leadership to my wife the way Christ does to His Church, not by domineering, but by cherishing. I will go all out in my love for her, exactly as Christ did for the Church — a love marked by giving, not getting.
Christ’s love makes the Church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything He does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how I want to love my wife. I realize that I am doing myself a favor — since we are already “one” in marriage. Christ feeds and pampers the Church since we are part of His Body. And this is why I left my father and mother and cherish my wife. We are no longer two, but we have become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the Church. And this provides a good picture of how I am to treat my wife, loving myself in loving her.
The wife prays:
*Father, in the name of Jesus, I purpose to understand and support my husband in ways that show my support for Christ. As the Church is totally responsive to Christ, I respond to my husband in every aspect of our relationship.
I am being transformed by the entire renewing of my mind, and I am a good wife to my husband, appropriately responsive to his needs. I thank You for my inner disposition that reflects the glory of God. I cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. I resist the temptation to become anxious and intimidated. When I speak, I have something worthwhile to say, and I say it with kindness.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP 2 Corinthians 5:18
Philippians 2:15 AMP Ephesians 1:4,6,8 AMP
Ephesians 5:25-30 AMP Ephesians 5:22,33 AMP
1 Peter 2:6 AMP 1 Corinthians 11:7 AMP
1 Peter 2:23 AMP Proverbs 31:11,12 AMP
2 Corinthians 3:6 Matthew 19:5,6 AMP
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