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Pray For God To Develop Patience In Your Future Spouse

– Pray he/she will turn to God and that God’s peace will help him/her to be inwardly calm and willing to wait.
– Pray he/she will have a quiet and steady faithfulness to God.
– Pray he/she will be content in every state he/she finds himself/herself in.
– Pray his/her eyes will be focused on things to come, rather than things he/she wished he/she had now.
– Pray he/she will not push for answers before the time is right.
– Pray he/she will trust God’s sense of timing.
– Pray he/she will be reminded of all the/she times God has been patient with him.
– Pray he/she waits with hope and expectancy.

Of course, as you pray these things for your future spouse, be sure to pray the same for yourself. Patience is like holding a closed bud of promise in your hand. Imagine that closed, white rose in your mind. Consider allowing each petal to unfold slowly, in its own way. Can you see the beauty of each stage? Can you see God’s hand wrapped around yours, watching the unfolding with you?

Your prayer will be answered someday. For many of you it will. Concerning your future husband it could be in the near(er) future, or like some, it could be years in the distance. It could be a quick romance. It could be a slow falling in love. It could be exactly like you pictured it or like nothing you ever dreamed. But when the day comes that your story is celebrated by your closest friends and family, you’ll know that every prayer was worth it. And you might even wish you’d prayed more, because prayers are the first gifts you give to your future husband. Gifts that heaven participates in giving.
While we can’t guarantee every one of you will have that type of love story, there is another type we do believe will take place. Everyone, everywhere can have a beautiful love story with her God. It begins the moment you look into His eyes, realize how much you are loved, and give your love and commitment in return.

While we cannot guarantee your prayers will lead you down the aisle to a waiting mate, we do know that every prayer whispered is precious to God. None of them are wasted. While we hope your prayers for the man of your dreams come true, we know that your prayers bring you closer to the God of your eternity. And seeing the love in His gaze is the most beautiful love story of all.

If you are to be committed to anything, be committed to preparing your heart for God’s — in this way — and in every other aspect of your life. The love you’ll experience will be life-changing, and the celebration in eternity is one to look forward to with all your heart.
~Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn


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