Marriage and Prayer

What is it that we have to face day to day and night to night? What is it that causes most, if not all the pain and discomfort we face in life? We are servant-soldiers in a lost and dying world. We, who believe in Yeshua haMaschiach (Jesus Christ) are no longer of this world, but the world and all its evils are in the enemy’s control. We are thus agents of the G-d of creation, soldiers in an army. and WE ARE BEHIND ENEMY’S LINES.

Fortunately we have a radio to call in bombardments to take out enemy fortifications. That radio is prayer. And like any tool in our toolbox, or weapon in our arsenal prayer needs to be maintained and used correctly.

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Mattityahu (Matt) 7:7-8

These two verses promise that when we ask we will receive. What is more, however, is how to ask.

The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! 3 Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires. Ya’akov (Jas) 4:2b-3

Our motives for prayer have to be for the sake of His kingdom, not for desires of the flesh. We know that when our ways are pleasing to Him he gives us the things we need, in the flesh. So this verse is about discernment and wisdom to know the difference between daily needs and fleshly desires.

22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26] Mark 11:24

In the Kingdom mountains are reflective terminology of powers of the air, of principalities, and not just surface understanding. We do not make war against a mountain, but against spiritual forces of evil in dark places [Kehillah at Ephesus (Ephesians) 6:12]. And though the enemy uses people and places as tools for destruction, we are not to pray evil against them, but rather to pray against the dark forces surrounding (or even enfolding within) them.

So, what is the result of prayer as He desires we pray? The battle is already won. The fight is over. The enemy has lost. But still we remain servant-soldiers behind enemy lines, and though defeated the enemy still seeks to do harm before final judgement. The only thing we need to do when praying for peace in our life and especially peace in marriage is to seek first G-d’s will for yourself. Where does G-d want you? Where are you at now? If you are not where Father G-d wants you, then you probably are not truly at peace.

Pray. Ask Abba Father for what is right to need, right to want.

Be at peace.

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval             Next Page: Marriage Success and Failure