As I glanced in my rearview mirror, I could see the huge red fire truck bearing down on me… lights flashing aggressively.
Hastily, I made it out of the way just in time.
But then something odd struck me… the sirens were not blaring. There wasn’t an emergency. What was going on?
Then I looked closely. And what I saw?
A lovely young girl with hair like burnished gold… maybe 19, 21, dressed in sparkling white bridal garment… along
with a sharply dressed, smiling young man. Holding hands together and standing in the back of the open-air truck they were
waving and smiling at the crowd.
Whoa! This young couple newly married just hired a fire truck for the evening drive around town!
I joined the crowd and waved back. The spectacle just brightened the whole place and drew smiles of joy from the face of everyone.
At that moment it dawned on me what a precious joyful thing marriage was designed to be.
This was 6:15pm Thursday evening.
Another Time, Another Place
Different set of people.
By 7 am Sunday morning in church I was jolted back to hard cold reality… like someone poured a bucket of ice-cold water
It happened when I innocently asked a brother how his family was doing …
“She’s gone… walked out on me with the kids,” came the sad reply.
“Y…you m..mean…” I stammered trying to contain my shock. Not these ones. They always seemed so happy… always smiling.
“She just said she felt like she was in prison or something. Packed up with our 2 kids and left for Arizona,” he said sighing wearily.
Then a thought struck me.
“I’m so sorry to hear that.” I began.
“That’s okay, thanks,” he said.
“Excuse me for asking this…is there any pattern like this in your family… or hers?”
“Not mine,” he said gently but firmly, “in her family no one stays married for long.”
Before that week was over I had heard of 5 more similar cases.
What could be going wrong?
In our ministry years back we did an in-depth spiritual research into disintegrating marriages and up came certain shocking revelations.
Some of them were not pretty.
In fact, the enemy starts with one of the oldest and most successful strategies in the book – confusion of tongues.
For students of the Bible, this dreaded weapon was first used by
God Himself against the builders of the tower of babel in Genesis 11.
It is such an effective weapon that it can create suspicion, misunderstanding and general confusion in a marriage…
in no time at all.
It begins when the husband and wife start to disagree on practically everything… no one is listening to the other and before long communication breaks down… then the enemy unleashes other dangerous weapons.
So we leant to pray the prayer of the psalmist, “O Lord, divide the tongues of all those targeting my marriage for destruction.” – see Ps 55:9.
In these marriages, we also uncovered a pattern of:
* breakup or divorce either in the husband’s family or on the wife’s side or both.
* marital problems transferred from one generation to another… using such vehicles as unbroken curses and unknown covenants.
* hidden spiritual marriages in place.
* invisible marks of hatred placed on the husband or wife. This makes one repulsive to the other and vice versa – after only a few years of marriage.
* warning signals ignored or simply not understood. Sometimes these warnings came through dreams.
To give you an example, once we found a man who was deeply in love with his wife – for 6 months.
Then all of a sudden he couldn’t stand the sight of her. No one could think of anything wrong that she had done.
Eventually he walked out on her.
She went for counseling… no solution.
Her friends took her to all kinds of “prophets.” She went to see 5 different therapists, 2 psychics and even an hypnotist.
She went into prayer asking God for another husband.
As she put it she had desperately prayed to God to send her that special someone with whom she could glorify and give Him praise… no answer.
In fact all she seemed to be getting turned out to be nothing but “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
She gave up… not knowing how to navigate the tricky minefield of finding a sincere, God fearing man to share her love with.
Then the Lord had mercy on her.
One day, a friend at work invited her to a Friday night prayer meeting.
It was hot and wild …no-holds-barred kind of praying.
During the prayers one sister noticed an invisible mark on her forehead… a tiny star-shaped symbol that was not visible
to the naked eye.
She stopped the prayers and raised this singular prayer point just for her:
“Blood of Jesus, wipe off all handwriting of hatred and rejection from my life in the name of Jesus.”
They prayed it 3 hot times, thanked the LORD for the answer and moved right on to the next prayer point.
That same weekend the husband called for the very first time since the breakup.
12 more sessions of customized prayers (with fasting) followed …and hubby came home.
101 Prayer Points
I digged around. And found this ebook I wrote last year as an
instructional manual for couples facing marital challenges.
It contained 101 of the most potent prayer points we’ve ever
prayed on this issue of marriage and relationships
I’ve revised it, added fresh material… more teeth, more bite,
hard working prayer points to hit straight at the root of the matter and continue working long after everyone has forgotten
I’ve added some explanatory notes and scriptures.
Plus specific instructions on how to handle them.
Please listen carefully…
Do you happen to know anyone whose marriage is not all
it could be, maybe a friend or even a relative?
* Or the marriage is on the verge of hitting the rocks
* Or has broken down already
* Or tell-tale signs of wear and tear are beginning to show
* Or someone believing the LORD for a godly spouse
* Or any couple just trying to safeguard their marriage
* Or a close friend just fed up with the boredom and loneliness of the single life?
Do them a favor… get this article to them.
They need to learn the spiritual secrets of how to keep their marriages intact.
Because the #1 warfare going on in the spiritual realm right now is targeted against marriage and family.
Because if you allow the enemy to steal the joy of your marriage and family, no amount of financial blessings can quite fill
the gaping hole… in the heart.
Because the #1 way to bring back the honey and joy of your marriage is to dedicate it to the LORD through specific prayers.
In order NOT to become a casualty in this raging battle I advise my readers, especially Christian women, to learn these