Thank You that You reign, high and lifted up, over all the nations (Psalm 47:8). You reign over both the nations here on earth as well as all spiritual principalities in the heavenlies. You even rule over those set up against acknowledging You (Ephesians 6:12). You, O Lord, are the Ancient of Days — the One Who is above all, with thousands upon thousands attending You and myriads upon myriads standing before You as their righteous, holy Judge (Daniel 7:9-10). Praise You for sending Your Son long ago to live our life and die our death that we might stand faultless before You, our Judge (Jude 1:24). With confidence, we enter within the veil by the blood of Jesus and speak out our requests (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Father, enlarge the influence that this tent of our body represents. Reveal what it means to lengthen our cords and strengthen our pegs (Isaiah 54:2). Surely this is not something we can do, but You alone can do this work (Philippians 2:13). Thank You that even now You are busy bringing it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Place upon our “loins” (the inner depths of our emotions and desire – Psalm 51:6) Your belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14). May Your truth so electrify and purify us that we resemble Your Son, burning as with fire (Ezekiel 1:27). May this blazing passion for truth extend into our actions – affecting not only our intentions but also our feet (Philippians 2:13).
As You affect our outer man, may You also burn an intensity within us for prayer (Colossians 4:2). Like Your Son, may we have feet of fire (Revelation 1:15; Ezekiel 1:27) that we plant upon the very neck of our enemies (Joshua 10:24). While we love man, may we demolish all demonic forces that are raised up against knowing You (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). After all, our enemies are not flesh and blood, but spiritual forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12) — the very prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).
Since the battle is great, teach us to pray with boldness (Hebrews 4:16; 10:19). Teach us to pray with the authority that You freely give Your children (Luke 10:19)— the authority to take back that which man lost in the fall. You are our consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). Consume all within us that is not of You (Malachi 3:1-4). May our prayers — indeed our very lives — resemble Your brilliance, so that when people look at us, they glorify only You (Matthew 5:16).
Set our hearts and minds aglow with the very radiance of who You are (Ezekiel 8:2). Grant insight so clear that we begin to resemble the very brightness of heaven’s expanse (Daniel 12:3). May You, our Light, lead many to see that their own righteousness is sourced only and always in You (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Thank You for giving us the very mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Hallelujah. May we use it to comprehend Your Love and so be filled up to the fulness of God (Ephesians 3:19).
Grant us to be strengthened with power through Your Holy Spirit in our inner man (Ephesians 3:16), so that we may display strength and take action in the coming year (Daniel 11:32). May we be a source of understanding to many and never fear the repercussion of speaking truth (Daniel 11:33).
Thank You that Your Kingdom has come down to live within us (Luke 17:21; Colossians 1:27). Reveal to us how best to keep unlocking the heavenly doors onto earth (Matthew 16:19). May our prayers be powerful to see Your Kingdom increase upon the earth, just as Your Kingdom is, even now, divinely supreme in heaven (Matthew 6:10). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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I think that this must have been my mother’s mantra. When I whined about doing something I didn’t want to do, she most often found a way to slip this into the conversation. “Don’t forget the Golden Rule,” she would remind.
So as an adult, I’m often reminded to think through how I want to be treated before acting on my impulses. I carry it out pretty well with my neighbors and do a decent job in the grocery line. I can be fairly polite to the lady behind the pharmacy counter and I’m usually patient with the guy serving me at the restaurant.
But for some reason, I found my real break-down at home.
My very, own husband.
Yep. The flames of marriage seem to tarnish the Golden Rule. Why is that?
I’ve come up with at least three good reasons:
The truth of who I really am is uncovered at home.
Random acts of kindness may impress strangers, but just look like spasmodic blips to my spouse. After all, “when self is in charge of the control, I don’t have much self-control” (Hungry For More: Feasting through the Word, p. 29).
Marriage must be more than erratic nice deeds. My commitment to Mark takes a systematic determination of my will, not a sudden flush of good feelings. He knows me too well for that. Forgiving a spouse involves regular face-to-face meetings with the Ultimate Forgiver.
I’ve been influenced by society’s remake of the Golden Rule. In essence: “Walking the second mile for others is praise-worthy; walking the second mile for a husband is demeaning.
This is just another of satan’s rebellious lies. “It is necessary to be in subjection” (Romans 13:5). For men, for women, for citizens, and for children. Even Christ Himself “will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).
I must raise up my shield of faith to extinguish these lies, in all their forms (Ephesians 6:16). Yielding to my husband teaches me how to submit to my God. This is one of His many truths that frees me (John 8:32).
I don’t want to endure the heat to form the gold.
This rule is golden because it is tested through fire. And only the hottest fires produce the most precious metal.
By it’s very composition, marriage causes sparks. Sometimes, it ignites passion. Sometimes, anger.
Anytime you rub two metals together, you are going to get heat. In marriage, we are the two alloys that first kindle the flame, and then must submit ourselves to the fire we ignited. It takes a hot fire to meld together a strong home.
When I am willing to “do unto Mark as I want him to do unto me”, then the Golden Rule is revealed for just how precious it truly is.