Dear Praying and Fasting Friends,
This is your reminder that we are fasting and praying during what would be Monday lunch for 1) marriage for those who are designed for it and for 2) the courage for men and women to walk upright and into relationship–with God and one another. If at all possible, find a friend with whom you can pray, in person or over the phone, during that lunch slot or whenever it works. There’s something about two people praying together that is deeply encouraging.
And as you pray, you might consider using the following video as ‘fodder’ for your prayers. I was sent this by a friend, Kevin, who warned me that before he saw it, he was scared it might seem “a little cheesy” but was actually spot on in its content. Anyhow, Washington, DC is a decidedly sophisticated place, and anything with a high ‘cheese’ quotient normally receives a few rolled eyes and is pitched out as irrelevant. So when I clicked on it, I was internally prepared to feel a little cynical and eye rolling myself. But I was surprised.
When I watched it, I thought, “Oh my goodness–this guy totally knows what I’m after! He has said it better than I could.” So, I’m sending it on to you, thinking that it’s actually worth watching, worth discussing, and worth praying into.
Take the 6 or so minutes and watch the video. Then I’d encourage you to pray in light of it. I’ll put a few suggestions below, and let’s pray together and see what happens this week.
Many Blessings, Connally
What are my honest thoughts are about men and power? What symbolizes power to me? What is real power? Pray for the men you know to gain deeper relational power.
What might it feel like to be wanted/desired “without fear” by a man? Pray for the men you know to be set free to desire without hesitancy. Pray for the men you know to have the confidence that they have something to provide/offer a woman.
What does a ‘healthy’ man look like in my experience? Pray for the men you know to be able to:
- be present
- have good boundaries and be able to say ‘no,’
- be comfortable with their imperfections (and that of the women in their lives), and
- be able to grow up and be adult, able to treat women neither as mommies nor as children, but as equals.
Pray for the men you know to get healthy and show up as full people (even as, of course, we pray the same for ourselves as women).
Let’s take our energy around this topic and pour it back into our prayers before God!