Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pray for your Beloved ~ Spiritual Growth

We live in society crippled by an epidemic of boys in men's bodies. Somewhere along the line, we quit raising men. Oh, they grow physically, but in their actions and emotions, they remain boys. Where are the real men?

The church is not immune to this epidemic, but it affects the men in the church spiritually as well. It is imperative that we pray for the spiritual growth of our husbands. The church is suffering terribly because the men within her are lacking in maturity. There are few men who truly are mature in Christ, and there are so many who, having come to Christ, remain as spiritual juveniles, because there is no one to mentor them and feed them, bringing them to spiritual maturity. We see the results in weak doctrine, and even weaker families. It is heartbreaking, and we must lift our men before the throne of grace and plead for the Lord to bring them along to maturity.

God calls for men to be mature. "And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ." Eph. 4:11-15 ESV

Spend time each day praying for your beloved to grow and mature in his relationship with Christ. Following are verses for you to use as prayer prompts throughout the week.

"Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation." 1 Peter 2:2 ESV

"But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:14 ESV

"Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature." 1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV

May God bless you as you lift your beloved husband before Him.

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