Prayer Series – Dreams

It is a blessing enjoyed by humans – the ability to dream.

Psalm 126:1-3

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.

We all have dreams. Whether we recognize them as such or ignore them. Whether we attain them, strive for them, or toss them aside. There is something to be said about our spouse and their approach to their dreams. We are talking about dreams as in ambitions rather than the dreams that fill our sleeping hours, although sometimes they can do both.

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What are your spouse’s dreams? Are they possibilities? Are they childhood dreams or those that have come with the maturity of life? Do they have dreams that they will never achieve? Do they have dreams that have already come true? Do they have dreams that have been modified in some form? Do they acknowledge their dreams? Are they chasing their dreams? Have any of their dreams been crushed? Do they ignore their dreams? Have they been forced to put aside their dreams?

Take the time to think about the answers to some (or all) of these questions. How would your spouse answer these questions about themselves?

This week, focus your prayers on your spouse and their dreams.

Pray that God show your spouse the dreams that he wants them to achieve.

Ask God to reveal Himself to your spouse in those dreams.

Ask God to help your spouse set aside any dreams that He does not want them to pursue.

Pray that God give your spouse the strength and motivation to chase their dreams.

Ask God to give your spouse the wisdom to know what dreams to pursue and when.

Ask God to give your spouse the patience to wait on His timing for those dreams.

Pray that God give your spouse others who will lift them up in pursuing their dreams.

Ask God to put people in your spouse’s path that will help them pursue those dreams.

Ask God to provide comfort for those dreams that must be changed.

Pray that all of your spouse’s dreams will glorify God.

Ask God to show you how you can help your spouse determine their dreams and pursue them.

Thank God for those dreams that have already come true for your spouse.

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Yes, No, or Wait?

Too often we expect God to be like a genie in a bottle.  We pray for something and expect it to be granted because that is what we wished for.  But God is not our own personal genie.  He is our creator who wants a relationship with us.  And yet, we are like children with their parents going through a toy store – I want, I want, I want…  Then we get frustrated when the answer is “no”, or even worse, “wait”.  We often take matters into our own hands because we do not like the answer that God gives us.  Most of us are not patient people so “wait” is even more difficult.  One way of being successful in your remarriage is to learn how to wait on God.  Impatience and frustration can turn into impulsiveness rather quick.  It is hard to do, but we have to remember that God wants what is best for us and our marriages.  We cannot see the big picture like He can.  We want easy answers, fast solutions to our problems and instant gratification.  But we can forget that some of the best things for us come from our trials and hard work.  We have found that the no’s and the wait’s have brought us even better answers, better solutions and ultimately a more satisfying relationship with Him and each other.  The Bible says that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts.  We just have to trust that He knows those desires far better than we do.