Prayer For Couples Planning For Marriage (18 May)
Sing: Listen To Our Hearts
Scripture: Genesis 2:15-25
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
Our Sovereign Lord, You are Love! Not one has truly ever seen love until they really see You. Marriage was Your idea. You created man and woman, Adam and Eve in Your image and found pleasure in Your creation. God, You took man and put him in the Garden. You commanded him to obey You. You caused Him to sleep. You formed the woman. You brought her to him. O God, how we forget that in looking for companionship, You are the One we turn to for it is You Who brings this to reality most beautifully.
Lord, every year, we rejoice when we see that couples are committing themselves to be husband and wife. Parents get so excited at the thought of calling all their friends to this joyous occasion of joining not only two lives, but in many ways, two families. Friends look on with eagerness and anticipation to share in their joy.
We pray that each couple enter into marriage wide-eyed, fully aware of what it means – the unwavering commitment, the sacrifices of true love and the challenges to keep their vows sacred. Each couple looks forward to their wedding day to declare that they have become one – a union of two people with different personalities, family of origins, habits, preferences, lifestyles, and level of maturity and spiritual vitality. When they live together, they learn to adjust to one another and come to love how You made each one to be unique. Prior to their holy matrimony, detailed plans, much expenses, reservations and invitations begin as far back as a year before their actual wedding day – gowns bought, tuxedos rented, honeymoons booked.
But what an unexpected twist of plans and an unforgettable period! So unnerving to be putting life together on hold for who knows how long? Lord, even now, they are to be apart just as they wanted to come together. It is a test of what it means to be together while distant from each other for the sake of each one’s well-being and safety – a sacrifice already. Should they wait? Should they proceed? Is the wedding day important? Postpone the day? This Covid-19 may have cast a weight of heaviness and shattered wedding plans.
While they will not know why this Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted their plans, we pray that they will look ahead with thankfulness…for life, for health, for hope and for love. For all that matters, they will appreciate even more deeply what they have. Help every couple grieve the inability to carry out their wedding plans, yes! But help them also be grateful to thank You that the wedding is but one day while a marriage is for a lifetime. Father, we pray that the radiance of Your face shines, blesses and gives them a deep abiding peace that passes all understanding. When they look at You, they can cheer each other up, bear each other’s burdens and cast their cares on You. Together, help them see how You use such times of unknowing to remind them to put their hope, trust and confidence in You, and not in a day, not in a date, not in an event, and in a sense, not even the wedding, but always remembering that You Who brought them to each other is able to make all things beautiful in Your time. And in keeping in step with Your Spirit, being with You first faithfully, they will build a marriage to last a lifetime! So when that eventual day of celebration does come to be, let it be a testament of Your power and grace of how You turned their disrupted plans out for good and Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.