Day 5 | 30 Days of Prayer | Malaysia
Today we pray for Marriage
Attendees: Marie, Liliam, Lori and Stephanie
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:4-5
Dear Heavenly Father,
There will be every type of marriage represented at the Thrive Retreat: newlyweds and women who have been married decades. There will be healthy and hurting marriages, marriages gone stale and marriages alive and thriving.
You give the gift of love to couples. Often, marriages lived in a challenging setting can fail or struggle because there are so many obstacles to overcome. Lack of community, lack of family support, and the strangeness of a faraway place can work against the most loving couple.
Please encourage the wives at the Thrive Retreat to seek Your help in being the wives You desire them to be. Teach them to live with their husbands with love and respect. Renew and restore the marriages at the retreat with Your grace, mercy and forgiveness.
In Jesus name, Amen
Regional Prayer Focus Nation: Myanmar (Burma)
Challenges for Prayer
A policy of systematic violence against certain minorities yields a harvest of destroyed villages, rape, torture, uprooted populations and international condemnation. Great suffering is inflicted upon such peoples as the Karen, Chin, Shan, Mon and Wa with the Karen and Chin particularly sought out due to their Christian faith and separatist militias. Myanmar is a deeply fractured nation on a political, ecclesiological and especially ethnic level. Pray for seemingly impossible ethnic harmony, effective federalism and peace.
Excerpts taken from Operation World
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Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.View all articles by: Linda Swanson
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