Charlyne Cares

Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

Lord, May Your Will Be Done

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  Matthew 26:26-29 

The Lord told His disciples they would “all fall away” and forsake him. Jesus even tells the disciples that after His death, He would arise. Have you noticed how our Lord is starting to go through this trial of circumstances by Himself? None of His disciples could comprehend what was transpiring right in front of them, even though Jesus shared precisely what would happen many times.

When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’”  Matthew 26:30-31 

Has the Lord been talking to you about your marriage problems? Did you feel something was missing in your marriage? Will you seek, learn, and follow the Lord despite all your circumstances? Are you listening to what the Lord is speaking to your heart? Is He telling you that your marriage is going to come back to life again? Will you believe it? Are you going to reject and deny your Lord Jesus as Peter did, not once but three times in one night?

Ask the Lord to make you sensitive to His Word. He may be giving you words of instruction or hope or a warning. When God speaks to you, write it down in your journal.

After Jesus had revealed to the disciples that one of them would betray Him and that Peter would deny Him three times, the Lord spoke hope and encouraged them in detail in John, Chapters 14-16. Jesus closed with a special prayer for His disciples in John Chapter 17. You can pray this prayer for yourself and your family. The Lord spoke powerful words throughout Holy Week to His disciples.

The enemy wants to destroy you and your marriage, but our Lord is greater. Believe in the power of prayer as you pray for your beloved spouse to listen to the Lord’s voice and obey His instructions and will.

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”  Matthew 26:36-39 

Have you found yourself praying as Jesus was, with weeping and uncontrolled sorrow and grief over your marriage? Have you prayed that your Lord would take this cup of sorrow away from you? At that moment, the sin of the world was going to be put on Jesus Christ, and He became a sin for us. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus Christ surrendered His will and way to God the Father’s perfect will. That prayer was a vision of ultimate submission. May we all be willing to do that.

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  Matthew 26:40 

Imagine the Lord asking you to pray for Him, and then you fall asleep, as His three disciples did. Jesus chose Peter, James, and John to go with Him to pray, and they fell asleep due to emotional and physical exhaustion. Do you feel too exhausted to pray long for your spouse and needs? Jesus warned His disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” May you and I take this truth and warning very seriously for our own lives.

For a season of time, I know I could not pray the words to my Lord: “Yet not as I will Father, but Your perfect will be done in my marriage.” I had not known my Lord as intimately and feared what God would have to do to get my husband’s attention. What a day of victory when I surrendered everything to the Lord during my stand.

Have you surrendered your heart and life by praying those words yet? Will you take a giant step toward trusting your Lord completely today? Oh, what peace you will have when you surrender your all to the Lord! What an excellent time to do this during Holy Week. (Matthew 26:55-56)

God bless,

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22 days ago

Thank you Charlyne! Thank You Jesus for our salvation!

Sound Mind
In the chaos, You are the Peace
In my suffering, You’re here with me
In the darkness, You never leave
God of Mercy, you’re walking with me
I surrender, Anxiety
All the striving has to cease
In this moment, You’re still King
This is the gift You are giving to me

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