Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day 16: Love Intercedes

Twinkle In Time

As much as you want to you cannot change anyone except yourself. But that is what most people spend their whole relationship trying to do…change each other. You can try over and over to get a different result but all your going to meet is frustration and at some point you will come to the acceptance that you control only you.

Day 16 tells use to “become a wise farmer,” because we all know the only way to get a seed to grow is to plant it in the proper soil, water and give it miracle gro, weed it, and pray to God it turns into whatever its supposed to be when fully grown. You can’t force its hand by arguing all you can do is tend to it.

This challenge isn’t about changing Chris. As you may have already guessed I know I can’t. This challenge is about daring to love. The Love Dare is about changing yourself. And hopefully as you do each dare that other person will be affected as well. But you need something else…prayer. Because only God can lay it on someone else’s heart that they need to changed.

The books says, “Jesus said to pray instead of quitting (Luke 18:1). Prayer can bring peace to your storms (Philippians 4:6-7).” All you have to do is have faith. Which sometimes is a really hard thing to do because it is just as easy to blame God for the situations we find ourselves in rather than accepting that we had chose our path and God is the one that can but us back on the right path. That isn’t to say that he is gonna be all like “your wish is my command,” because he isn’t our own personal genie. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us and there is no way to do that except for prayer. Do remember the book says “prayer works best when coming from a humble heart that is in a right relationship with God and others.” When we turn to the Bible it tells us to in James 5:16, “confess sins to one another, and pray for one another … The effective prayer of righteous man can accomplish much.” Pray not only for the things that you need but also for the things your significant other needs. Because the truth is God knows what we need and how to give them to us…may not be how we think things should go but it’s how they are supposed to be.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to” (Matthew 7:7).

Today’s Dare
Begin Praying for your spouse’s heart.
Pray for three specific areas where
you desire for God to work in your spouse’s
 life and in your marriage.