A prayer for dating couples dating vs courtship by paul jehle


13-Mar-2016 20:36

Acknowledge to the Lord that although your heart makes plans, the LORD establishes your steps (Proverbs 16:9).Ask Him to direct your path and that of your beloved, as you both trust in Him. Confess the truth that unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain (Psalm 127:1).“How beautiful is the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. Paul Tournier in To Understand Each Other says that praying together is the highest tie binding a couple:“Happy are the couples who do recognize and understand that their happiness is a gift of God, who can kneel together to express their thanks not only for the love which he has put in their hearts, the children he has given them or all of life’s joys, but also for the progress in their marriage which he brings about through the hard school of mutual understanding.” Praying together is one of our most important disciplines. She would get “on a roll” and pray about this and then pray about that and by the time she finished, all Dave could say was “Amen.” Not a great couple prayer experience. Soon we learned to make a prayer list and to take turns praying short prayers. They pray together, instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another.”Tertullian - Second Century Have you ever had a prayer date? One of us was more verbal than the other--okay, it was Claudia.George Barna said that “for many Americans, prayer is like snacking—we don’t really think about it, but we do it out of habit and without much passion.” Honestly, if my pastor says, “You’re all invited to an hour-long prayer meeting after tonight’s service,” I immediately think of all the terribly important things I should do instead—you know, like my laundry and watching the latest Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode.Praying is not always easy, but it is vitally important in our Christian walk.Have you ever started a new dating relationship with every good intention to pursue sexual purity, yet within a few weeks you cross a line you promised you never would?Are you currently in a dating relationship and your purity is hanging on for dear life, with too many close calls with your boyfriend/girlfriend every date night?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Is sexual purity even possible? ” In today’s sex-crazed, , and “purity is lame” culture, I’m sure many of us have found ourselves in one of the scenarios described above. it is really hard for two young, hormone-filled people who are intensely attracted to each other to keep their hands off each other. In the five years we dated before getting married, pursuing purity in our relationship was definitely a real struggle and constant battle.Apparently, I’d put in three tablespoons of cinnamon instead of cocoa. Yet, so often we leave it out and then wonder why our relationship has no rich savor.