God has blessed my marriage to David immensely. We just celebrated 17 years of marriage and I am so thankful. There is so much about our marriage that is right and so much that has improved as we have persevered and prayed. And yet, there are still days when I struggle to be delightfully content in the midst of our imperfections.
God often reveals an area where we could be more unified or more sanctified. Then I have to choose how to handle the desire to for unification and sanctification.
I know He is the source of the “more” that I long for us to experience. He is the giver of the good gifts that lead to our personal transformation and unity in marriage. He says I should pray about everything. He promises when I ask Him for help, He will answer me.
It’s hard to admit, but sometimes I resist praying about the need. My flesh rears its head and offers me excuses why praying would be futile. In what seems like a millisecond, I’m mentally checking the box labeled “too big for God.” It feels too big to me.
The hard truth is, I am comparing God’s power to my own. Ugh! I’m shaking my head in disbelief at my own lack of belief in God.
“… and be clothed with humility.” 1 Peter 5:5
In the Bible, God repeatedly highlights our need for humility. Today I am facing my lack of it and recognizing how it affects my experience of the abundant life God is offering me. More prayer would result in more answers, which would lead to more unity and greater sanctification. Everybody wins.
If I wore humility more consistently, I could be waiting on God’s answer to my prayer and enjoying the peace that passes all understanding. Instead, I’m wasting time and energy grumbling in my spirit about the issue. I’m so ready for humility and prayer to be my automatic response to everything!
If you struggle to pray about everything that comes up in your marriage too, join me in prayerfully rehearsing the benefits of humility with thanksgiving to God.
God’s Favor (Benefit #1)
“….but to the humble he gives favor.” Proverbs 3:34
Father, You are so generous. With the gift of a very humble Jesus, You filled my life with every spiritual blessing. You have promised to give even more grace to me when I am humble. (Ephesians 1:3, James 4:6, Proverbs 3:34)
Today I choose humility over the sin of pride and prayerlessness. I want to live in constant surrender to You. Train me to recognize Your power, wisdom, and sovereignty in our marriage. I want greater faith that always pursues Your help. (Matthew 7:7)
Riches, Honor and Life (Benefits 2,3 & 4)
“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4
You exalted Jesus after He endured great suffering. Help me to embrace trials and waiting with great faith. I trust You are preparing us for spiritual riches, honor and life. (Philippians 9-10, James 1:2-4, Proverbs 22:4)
Help me become a wife who quickly chooses humility, trusts You supremely, and crucifies my fearful and prideful flesh regularly.
Let it be so, Lord.