Fasting is Part of the Price One Pays for a Godly Mate and Spouse 

 

The Bible tells us again and again that to have a Godly marriage we have to be prepared to lay down our lives. In Ephesians, it says that as Christ laid down His life so should we for our spouse. It says that we are to love them more than our own bodies. Fasting and prayer is great preparation for those asking for a Godly spouse as well as seeking God’s blessing on our marriage/future marriage. I know some couples who fast on their anniversary and celebrate with a special meal after sundown in the evening.

 

David’s first wife, Saul’s daughter, loved and wanted David as a husband. Saul agreed with it, because he thought he would set such a high price that David would die in battle bringing back the evidence of 200 dead Philistines.

 

“26 When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, 27

David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines… 1 Samuel 18:26-27”

 

David literally risked his life for his bride. When you and I fast and pray for our marriages/future marriages and homes, we are laying down our lives for a spiritual purpose.

 

When Abraham wanted a wife for his son, Isaac, he sent the servant to the home country. The servant prayed asking God for wisdom. He came bringing gifts.

 

Genesis 24:32-49 (NIV) “Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

 

The Bible paints such a wonderful picture. It appears the servant was going without food and water until he found the woman God had for Isaac. When the servant returns with Rebecca, Isaac is in the field seeking the Lord. Genesis 25:63 says, He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.”

 

I want to challenge you to make a sacrifice of prayer and fasting for your marriage. Sit back and trust God. Meditate on His faithfulness and watch to see what God does.

 

PRAYER: “Lord, while I am fasting I am asking you to bless my marriage. Lord, I’m asking you to give my children and grandchildren Godly mates. Lord, fill our church community with healthy families with strong marriages. For the sake of Your kingdom purposes. Amen.”