Jesus not only models a devotion to prayer, he models a commitment to praying with others. Luke’s gospel tells us that Jesus “took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28). Jesus builds relationship and includes others in seeking the accomplishment of the Father’s plan. Join with me as we invite God to deepen our prayer life with others.
Jesus had a daily routine. We read in the gospel of Mark, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Luke tells us that as more and more people gathered to listen to Jesus and be healed. He “would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (Luke 5:16). The lesson here is clear – if the son of God faithfully carved out time in prayer to fellowship with his Father, we need to do the same.
Jesus modeled a vibrant, personal, conversational relationship with the Father. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray … like He did. This week on PrayerLife, we want to learn how to pray like Jesus.
With God … nothing is impossible! Your marriage can be raised from the dead. But you must walk in relationship with the God of resurrection power. If, today, you feel like their is no hope for your marriage, I invite you to yield your heart to Jesus and ask Him to raise your marriage from the dead.
Your marriage can experience the healing touch of God. The Father of the prodigal son never thought he would be reunited in relationship with his boy. When the son humbly returned home with a repentant spirit, the father declared, “… let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:23). Join me as we invite God to raise dead marriages from the dead.
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col. 3:14). When God calls us to love one another, He doesn’t call us to feel a feeling but rather engage a commitment. We are to take the love of Christ and apply it to our marriage relationship.
Your marriage can be raised from the dead because as believers in Jesus, we have been spiritually raised from the dead. The Apostle Paul writes, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth … Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:1-2, 12). We are to “put on” the virtues of our risen Savior and His virtues can revive your marriage.
An essential ingredient to a successful marriage is forgiveness. Each of us are broken people and we will inevitably sin against one another. We have been forgiven from all our sin by the holy God that was supremely offended and we are called, by Him, to forgive each other in the same way. “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col. 3:13).
Jesus identifies “hardness of heart” as the primary reason for divorce (Matt. 19:8). Our hearts become hardened when we allow our sin toward one another to go unconfessed and unforgiven. James writes, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16). Join with me as we pray for our marriages.
There is hope for your marriage because the greatest relational separation imaginable has already been reconciled. We were separated and estranged from God far more than we could be from any human relationship. Jesus has made forgiveness and reconciliation with God possible through faith in Him.
“Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:12-13)