Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.27.14

A husband should fulfill his marital responsibility to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. A wife does not have the right over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband does not have the right over his own body, but his wife does. Do not deprive one another sexually — except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 7:3-5 HCSB

Pray
Father today I pray for married couples. I pray that their union is protected from outsiders. I pray that their marital bed is protected from the enemy that would violate it and dishonor You. I pray for the tempter, temptress, and the tempted—may they be turned away from committing a sin that You ranked next to the sin of murder. Father touch the hearts of Your children to not envy and covet, to not plot and plan to take what isn’t theirs, and disrespect Your Holy Name.

Protect couples from outside influences that could sway them from following and obeying You. Yield their sexual drive to You, and show them how to practice control. Help them to seek You first and to turn only to their spouse for any form of intimacy. Turn them away from all inappropriate behavior that could dishonor You and destroy their marital covenant. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Marriage is under attack. It has been for quite some time, but it is more obvious now that we are fully exposed to social media, smart devices, reality tv shows, programming and music that crosses the line of vulgarity so much so that many of us have grown numb to its presence.

I’m not talking about who’s marrying whom.

I’m talking about the sin of adultery, and the trifling nature in which one or more parties will undertake to break marital vows. I’m talking about the man or woman who blatantly cheats on their spouse, invests a great amount of time covering up, until eventually they no longer care about discretion. I’m talking about the men and women who pursue or allow themselves to be chased by married individuals. I’m talking about a married person creating mini or full-scale intimate relationships with other people who aren’t their spouse. I’m talking about a husband or wife who secretly spends money on another person not their spouse, knowing that what they are doing is inappropriate, a sin, and could be deemed grounds for a divorce.

The husband or wife who has sex with (any and all kinds), hugs up with, exchanges kisses, holds hands, tickles, caresses, texts, emails, IMs, chats, and spends a great deal of time with another person not their spouse—this is the ugliness that I’m referring to. Romantic meals, hotel night stays (or excursions), gifts, and flirting (to a level you would do in front of your spouse and family), with another person not your spouse is adultery. It is a sin. It is a total slap in the “face” of God and Jesus.

An adulterer (and their co-conspirator(s)) might as well curse God and tell Him to “go to hell”, because that’s what their actions are saying to Him. Yes, my friends even thinking you can mask your lie by calling the one you cheat with your “friend”, is the same as trying to lie to God. It’s telling God and Jesus, “You really aren’t seeing what You think You see,” Really?

We must pray brothers and sisters. We must pray for the minds, hearts, and souls of our fellow brothers and sisters who are clearly conflicted in their thinking, speech, and actions. We must also pray for those contemplating marriage. Pray that they are marrying for the right reasons, for God, and because God has guided them to do so at this time. Pray that selfishness is released from those married and those contemplating marriage. Pray that “I” is replaced with “we” and that God is in the beginning, middle, and end of all decisions.

Pray for restoration.

No man or woman is to tear apart what God put together, but if God is not the alpha and omega, the center, and the all of that marriage, then there is no barrier protecting husband and wife—it is as though the doors, windows, and gates have been left wide open. Pray for all of the married and engaged couples that you know. If you happen to be one of these couples, humbly pray for yourself also. Don’t pray in fear, pray with the strength of knowing that God always reveals the Truth, and God is always with you protecting you.

Questions of the Day
1. If you are in a committed and monogamous relationship, do you find yourself praying for your significant other and yourself? If so, do you pray out of fear or a reassured faith?

2. When you know that a friend or family member is being betrayed by their spouse, how do you go about praying for and supporting them individually and collectively as a unit?

3. Why do you think we are less accountable to each other nowadays? Why do we not stop the sinning person and help redirect their steps? Why do we not call them out and tell them to get their life together? What are we afraid of really?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Now just because today is Thursday it doesn’t mean that you get to kick back and relax at work (or while looking for work). Keep your eyes on the prize, focused on your goals, and with your desired dreams held steady in your mind—you can’t achieve greatness or be blessed being lazy!

I love you all!

~Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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