I know that today at midday many Christians will be praying round the country for the state of marriage in our nation. Right now I have an overwhelming urge to bring this before God and give it over to Him. Undoubtedly, many Christians have seen the way the Government is dealing with its marriage proposals and have been left feeling powerless and disheartened. It’s at times like this that the need to pray becomes more apparent. As Paul writes at the start of 2 Timothy:
‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’
This is my prayer:
Dear Father God,
I know that in the beginning when you created mankind you gave us marriage to bond a man and woman together. Marriage was created as a blessing that gives our lives stability and allows relationships and families to grow in safety and security. Yet so often we have taken it for granted and failed to give it the respect and attention it deserves. It has been diminished in our eyes through divorce and adultery and become an optional extra for many.
This is not how it should be. Lord, forgive us as a nation for the contempt we have shown towards it. Forgive the Church for not standing up for it enough. We see all around us the consequences of relationships that broken down and the lives hurt as a result. Give us a heart again for a better way of living where marriage is honoured and seen to be the ideal, where church and government do everything they can to support it and couples are given the help they need if their marriages are in difficulty.
Father, you know what is best for marriage and as the Government attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage, let the right decision be made that does not damage marriage further. Let both sides be willing to listen to the concerns of others and not ignore them. Give those MPs who believe in the sanctity of marriage confidence to speak the truth and not be ashamed of their convictions. Do not let them be ostracised and belittled as a result. Let those who follow You in positions of authority speak with wisdom and give them the right words to say on this issue that will sink into the hearts of others. Protect Your church from attack at this time and unite it in its love of You and the people it seeks to serve.
Give me the right words to say that will bless rather than harm and use them to draw others to you. I ask this especially for those who feel rejected by the church because of their sexuality. Let them understand that Your love for us is not affected by our sexual orientation, for we all fall short through our sin and it is Your grace and not our actions that allow us to experience Your forgiveness.
Lord, please turn the tide in this land so that people will look for You rather than rejecting all the good things You long to give us. Help us to see marriage through Your eyes and seek to heal the wounds caused by our ill-treatment of it.