Prayers and Promises: Love’s Courage

Psalm 31: 23-24   O love the Lord, all ye his saints; for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

When my courage seems so small and slips away, when sin seeks to pull me from Your path, Lord, remind me of these verses.   I need only trust in You, the One who keeps me safe and brings good things into my life.  You reward my feeble efforts and multiply them through Your strength as I simply love You and respond to You in faith.

I want to be strong – in You and for You.  Give me courage each day.  When evil seems to about and sin distracts me from Your way, thank You that Your ove abounds still more.

4 thoughts on “Prayers and Promises: Love’s Courage

  1. I’m newly engaged and my fiance and I are in the need for serious prayer. For the majority of our relationship we have been long distance dating. When we got to see each other on the weekends either one of us were in town, we’d get steamy and touchy-feely but we were usually able to cool things down after a while and pray or distract ourselves. We always assumed that once we were living in the same city, we’d been fine and able to better control ourselves (we assumed that our passion mostly a result of our sporadic schedules). But now that we are engaged and living in the same city, we have just gotten worse. We both love the Lord and we don’t want to do things that would harm our relationship with God or each other. We don’t want the guilt and regret that we feel after we stumble to destroy our relationship with each other. We set up boundaries but we almost completely disregard the boundaries when we are filled with passion. We need guidance and better self-control. We accept that we have stumbled and need God to help us. And we know that our passion/lust has become far stronger than our self-control and/or boundaries. For myself, I know I need to find an older Christian woman in my life who I can trust who can help me with accountability and guidance. I don’t have that at all in my life and I feel completely isolated. For my beloved, I know he needs the wisdom and advice of older Christian man that he can trust that would do the same for him. We are asking that you pray for us as we not only pray for a wedding but live God-filled lives free from guilt/regret for sinful actions that we have done. Thank you!

    • I would encourage you to read the book in the study I am doing “Power of a Praying Woman”. If you go back to my May 18th blog post, that might help… actually there are several chapters which you might want to take to the Lord in prayer.

      If it’s really that difficult, would you consider moving up the wedding date?

  2. I would hate to move the date up because it would feel like a major failure on my part that I wasn’t able to or rather we weren’t able to control our passions and wait until early next year. Why is this so difficult??

    • Because Satan knows it is a weakness. Think about Job…. all he lost. His wealth, his family…. until all he had left was his faith. Just remember that this isn’t God testing you or tempting you. It’s Satan. You will then need to sit down with your fiance’ and set up guidelines. Never be alone together at times when you know the temptation is most. I don’t know what your living situation is, but if you live in two separate places, never go to one or the other place and spend a lot of time there. For us, a one bedroom apartment (or even my DH’s efficiency apartment for that matter) was too much temptation for us. Sometimes we fought it off… sometimes we succumbed to our desires of the flesh. Make a chastity pact with each other until your wedding night. Stick to it. We got our act together a month before our wedding…. a month. LOL. Pray together. Ask God to banish Satan from your engagement period. Ask him to give you both the strength to keep your desires under control until your wedding night. God can do big things. Don’t put him in a box. He’s probably WAITING for you to ask for help. He will, you know 😉

      By the way, you are not failing if you moved up the date…. you are getting rid of the sin, if your desires are that great that you feel no control. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 “Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

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