Though you are not experiencing as much fulfillment in your marriage as you expect, can you experience fulfillment from doing God’s purpose in your marriage? Have you ever prayed about discovering God’s purpose for you in the marriage apart from your spouse?
PRAY: Father, forgive me for thinking in the midst of this marital pain and struggle that my life is lacking purpose.
I know You have a purpose for me in this marriage apart from my spouse! My spouse cannot prevent me from doing Your will. I ask You to reveal that purpose more clearly. Lord, I confess that I wanted absolute fulfillment through my marriage when I should have been seeking more fulfillment from doing Your will in my life (Ephesians 5:33). Though I need love, this is about me loving. Though I need respect, this is about me respecting.
Thank You for making me go deeper to discover Your call on my life.
I see that, without this trial, I would not have looked carefully to see what You wanted to do in and through me. I am grateful to You for showing me Your marvelous ways and for using me in little ways throughout the day, even when I was in pain from my marriage, and for always assuring me that I do matter to You.
I am overwhelmed by the simple truth that You have not forsaken me and You never will.
I know Your purpose for me is that I might bear fruit for You. Keep me close to You, Lord, and allow me to bear much fruit for You.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Luke 7:30 —“But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves…”
Acts 4:24-30 —“They lifted their voices to God with one accord and said…‘do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.’ And now, Lord, take note of their threats…extend Your hand to heal.”
Romans 8:28 —“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
1 Thessalonians 4:7 —“For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
1 Timothy 4:7 —“…discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness…”
1 Peter 2:21 –“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…”
1 Peter 4:1 –“Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin…”
1 Peter 4:7 —“The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.”