“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” S ong of Solomon 2:13b
Lord, this morning is a rather personal prayer, but it is right in line with your design for man and woman. Lord, You made man and woman in your image, but in two bodies. Through the marriage bed, those bodies become one. When we were first married, ready to start our family, we enjoyed this relationship and were so attracted to each other and it was a beautiful part of our relationship.
Then life started happening. The children that were the result of this relationship exhausted me as a new mother and working overtime to provide for our family exhausted my husband. But through those growing years, we made sure that we had “date night.” And we made sure to have time for each other, no matter how tired we were. And the physical expression of love was more often cuddling and holding as we each gave in to the tiredness of our bodies to sleep.
Lord, I thank you for this part of our marriage. The release from the days pressures, the closeness of our hearts and minds joined into one body, and the fulfillment of your design for husband and wife. I know that life gets in the way: illness, time, worry, TV. All of these can be tools of Satan to separate us from that blessed union. I ask you, Father God, that you would teach each of us what the other needs. Teach me to respect, and speak with respect to my husband. I ask that you teach him that I need the tenderness outside of the physical relationship itself. And, Lord, help us to manage our time so that we have time for each other.
I ask you, Lord, to help us to only look to each other for this fulfillment. That you would blind our eyes to any other temptation whether it be another person or just something to fill our time so that we don’t come together as man and wife. I love my husband and I don’t want anything or anyone to stand in the way of our union as man and wife. Thank you for this blessing of physical love and help us to always treat this pleasure with respect, lifting it up to you for your blessings.
Proverbs 19:14; Ecclesiastes 4:12