Being godly and yet desiring to be married can be quiet a battle. These simple notes introduce a few ideas of how a young person might approach this arduous enterprise.
For a few years I worshipped as part of Trinity Methodist Church in Shifnal, Shropshire. An undoubted highlight of each new year was the opportunity to pray the prayer below. Full of the glorious call of the Gospel and contrary to much that is valued and espoused in modern Western church life, it remains one of my favourite prayers.
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
I saw this on the Desiring God Instagram feed, it seems worth remembering.
At the beginning of the video below Ravi Zacharias tells a story of a boy who wants a new bicycle. He watched Christian tv to learn how to pray. The next morning he prayed this (having watched a high church service),
“Lord, if it is in Your Sovereign will and in Your Eternal plan that I can get myself a bicycle – in Your time and according to Your will – would you please get me a bicycle In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
No bicycle arrived, so the next day, having watched more Christian tv (prosperity gospel this time), he prayed,
“Lord, I declare my need for a bicycle! And I declare that it will be a nice blue-colored bicycle and delivered to my home within 24 hours. I lay claim to it, Amen!”
Following this his mother saw him walk off into the woods with a statue of the Virgin Mary. He then prayed,
“Dear Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again…”
I wonder how you pray?