On Mondays, we pray for God to raise up men to lead in homes, churches, and culture. We pray for woman—for them to walk the line between strength and tenderness, and we pray for God to raise up marriages and restore a culture of marriage.
We love hearing from you. We love hearing how God is answering our Monday prayers for marriages. Many of you have sent in your engagement stories, and it is such a blessing to know how God is working.
Along with those great stories of answered prayer, we also hear from those of you who are struggling and have questions, and I want you to know how much we value you as well. Your honest questions about how to find community and how to pray for a husband. If you’re new to FastPray or you are just asking for the first time, I wanted to revisit some of the basics.
Some of you have recently asked questions like these:
- Is it ok to pray for a husband?
- How do you start praying about this topic?
- How do you keep praying when you aren’t seeing any answers?
- How do you pray according to God’s will, but also stay honest with God at the same time?
When I look into my own heart, I get overwhelmed trying to answer these questions, and so, let’s look at how Jesus answered the question of how to pray. He said:
This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.
What does that prayer look like in our context? How can it teach us to pray about unintended singleness?
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Start with recognizing God’s character, His position, His power. God has the power and ability to answer your prayers and desires. He’s not powerless in the face of the cultural landmines around you and your desire for marriage.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. From recalling God’s character, move on to acknowledging God’s good design for marriage, His design of human sexuality and procreation, and in the midst of all of that—bring before God your desire for earthly marriage as He created it, your desire for children. (Ask God for a husband!) Bring your needs and your hopes and your fears before Him—asking Him to meet you where you are.
Give us today our daily bread. After you’ve been honest with God, ask Him to provide for you. Ask Him to open your eyes to the ways He is providing for you to have community with men, with old and young, with families. Ask confidently, knowing that He promises to meet your needs and provide your daily bread. Ask for today, and look for today’s answer.
Blessings on you as you pray today.