The very first thing God did after He created the heavens and the earth and all that would fill them was to create a wife for the man He had made. He made Eve for Adam, a perfect complement to him. He made a companion, a lover and a future mother. He called this arrangement good. God later called this relationship a marriage and said that it models the relationship between Christ and the Church.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32; NASB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Thank God that He instituted a deep love relationship between a man and woman called marriage that would show us the depth of relationship He wants to have with His Church.
Pray for your own marriage, if you are married, and for every marriage you know. Pray for every marriage on your street. Ask the Lord to strengthen the love between the couple, to renew the love in the relationship, if need be, and to make the marriage strong against outside influences.
Ask the Lord to make the Christian marriages you know truly be an example of Christ’s loving relationship with His bride, the Church.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I thank you for creating an intimate relationship between a man and a woman called marriage. I pray for the marriage of (pray for the marriages you know one at a time, including your own, if you are married.) I pray this marriage would be loving and respectful. I pray that the couple would work together to have the kind of relationship that no outside influence can penetrate. I pray against divorce and ask you to help these couples forgive one another on a daily basis, letting their love and commitment to one another heal any pain. I pray that the Christian marriages I know would be examples of Christ’s love for the Church. Amen.
God desires marriages between a man and a woman to be strong and filled with love and respect and to serve as the example of the relationship between Jesus and the Church.