Praying for Your Child’s Marriage or Singleness

Love,
You have lavished your perfect love upon us (1 John 3:1). Even now you are preparing us as your spotless bride to be united to you in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2). Though our flaws are many, though we are so often unfaithful, you love us unconditionally and promise to love us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). You will neither leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). What security and confidence should we then know! And yet, too often we seek fleeting, superficial relationships to fill this void instead of the perfect love from the perfect Suitor. May we, in our marriage relationship, demonstrate to __________ what biblical commitment and devotion are. May he/she understand how wide and how high, how long and how deep is your love for him/her, and may this provide him/her with complete satisfaction in you (Ephesians 3:18). Should you give the gift of singleness, may he/she find himself/herself lost wholly in you, without bitterness, resentment, or loneliness; should you have marriage in store for __________, prepare him/her to love truly and devotedly. Let him/her fall only for one who has fallen first for you, and may he/she find his/her love when searching the depths of your heart. Even now we pray for his/her future spouse, that she/he may grow to be a tremendous woman/man of God. When married, bind them with a steadfast commitment, and may they together reflect the love of Christ for the Church and the Church’s devotion to you (Ephesians 5:22-32). Above all else, may his/her marriage—or singleness—bring you the glory due your incomparable name.
Amen.

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