During a prayer meeting on the first weekend of the New Year 2018, a friend of mine requested prayer for a marriage partner. She has prayed this prayer before. She said one prayer partner had seen gates that were locked and guarded by angels. She could tell there were kingdom marriages on the other side, lots of them. And many other marriages as well. We asked God what it would take to unlock the gates.
What came to me was the need for Christians to repent for what they once had. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says God cares about what His people are doing, and He listens. He knows what the others are doing. But what do His people want and ask God to do for them and their society? God had been giving His children to one another in marriage for centuries. But over the last generation or so, there has been some things that Christians have done in marriage that need to be repented for, in order for God to open the gates again.
I felt qualified to pray since I came from a divorced home of Christian leaders. There was great delay in getting my prayers for a husband answered. Consequently I have wrestled with the question, “Why?” I started with forgiveness of my parents and took it up the family lines from there. Then I changed the reasons I was asking God for a spouse to be more what He had in mind for my marriage. This made a huge difference for me and meeting my (now) husband. As I started to pray for my friend and “this gate,” I started to pray on behalf of where things are statistically with Christian marriages.
Here’s what came to mind:
1. I repent for the broken promises of Christians made before God in marriage vows.
2. I repent for not appreciating the gift that marriage is, and opting for what seemed like easier options than the tough work of making marriage work.
3. I repent for the impact Christian divorce left for our children and our children’s children. The decisions to break up marriage leave a legacy to future generations. It sets a pattern in place that only God can heal.
4. I repent for those who compromised on God’s laws after they were married and tainted marriage before God.
5. I repent for those who make marriage an idol in society right now.
6. I repent for those who took an “Easy Out.” I repent for commitment weakness.
7. I repent for those who didn’t seek God’s purposes for their marriage and saw their marriage as something that was merely there to meet their needs.
8. I repent for those who never saw themselves as their spouse’s “helpmate” to carry out God’s purposes for their marriage.
9. I repent for those who didn’t seek God’s help in making their marriages work.
As we repent for these things on behalf of many, it may be a needed step in opening the gates for Kingdom marriages to flourish. May the Lord bless these marriages to be all that God designed them to be. Let the divine connections flow in 2018.