We fast and pray for the Lord to bring men and women into relationship with Him, for men to lead in the church and in relationships, for our hearts to be soft to the Lord’s leading, and for God-honoring marriages for those who desire them.
On November 14, my boyfriend proposed, and I, of course, accepted.
It was a sweet, quiet moment between the two of us – perfect for our personalities and our relationship. As I’ve previously shared, we met online (May 2012), and ours has been a slow but steady progression from getting to know each other to “officially” dating to preparing for marriage.
As I reflect on how we got to this point, the theme that emerges is prayer. For years, my parents and grandparents have been praying for a godly husband for me. My fiancé and his parents have told me that I am the answer to the prayer they have been praying for him to find a wife. I don’t know exactly when I started praying for a husband, but these past few years that I have been a member of the fast.pray. community have been a time of focused, intentional petition for God to move in this area of my life. Friends – married and single – have prayed for marriage for me.
The fact that we got engaged on November 14 is also an answer to prayer. Long story short (and it is a long story), we had been talking about getting engaged and had a time frame in mind, but our engagement was delayed because the ring – his family ring – went missing in the mail, for nearly a month. The day my boyfriend told me about the missing ring, I sent an S.O.S. email to the other fast.pray. writers and some close friends with the request to pray that the ring would be found that week, before my boyfriend’s parents’ visit scheduled for that coming weekend. And it was.
But the praying hasn’t and won’t stop now that the ring is on my finger. More than ever, I am convinced of the power and importance of persistent prayer and our Mondays of fasting and praying.
While my prayers for a husband will change to prayers for my husband, I know there is no shortage of areas for growth within my heart and in my relationship with the Lord. Please don’t think that I have it all together in praying for marriage; there have been many ups and downs as I have navigated this transition from single-with-no-prospects to dating to engaged. (I’ll be sharing some of this in subsequent posts.)
I realize from being there myself that reading this post of my good news isn’t easy for some of you. You’re wondering why God hasn’t answered your persistent prayers for a spouse, and I wish with all my heart that I had an answer for you.
What I can tell you is this: He loves you. He hears you. He has a plan for you, even if your timeline isn’t His timeline. Take hope from how He is at work!
With prayers of thanksgiving and for His continued work,