“Lord, are there any good guys left? How am I going to meet my future husband and when? Am I ever going to get married? Lord, I really, REALLY want to get married!”
Sound familiar? Have you ever felt so alone, and longed so deeply for God to bring that special man into your life? Do you at times doubt He will answer?
Sometimes this waiting is terrifying. Most of the time, however, it’s thrilling.
Thrilling because I have hope. Hope that God will indeed bring my future beloved into my life, at the right time—His time, not mine. I know in my heart what he will be like. I have a list—“The List,” and I dream about him all the time.
But mostly, I pray.
I pray he loves God with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind, because I want a man that puts Him above everything else. A man who will love God more than he loves me.
I pray he will love everyone he meets daily—whether it’s family, friends, co-workers, or complete strangers—as Christ loved.
I pray for Godly role-models in his life, because I want a man who knows how to love his wife above himself, and how to treat a woman with respect and honor. A man who will be able to lead his family spiritually.
I pray God will cultivate his heart, and begin a mighty work in his life.
I pray God protects him and surrounds him with angels. I pray he is spiritually clothed for battle every day. I don’t just want Prince Charming. I want a warrior.
I pray he is chasing hard after God.
I pray God blesses and prospers him, and leads him in the way in which he should go.
I pray he waits for me, and saves himself for me completely.
I pray he’s also praying for me.
I pray for all of this and so much more.
I do this because I love him already, so very much. I want him to feel my love, before we even meet. I want to be a part of his life, before I even know his name.
And praying helps me wait. It shows me he does exist, and someday I will meet him. I love to think that this very moment, God sees me—and He sees my future love. He knows the day we’ll meet and His story is much better than mine could ever be.
Prayer is powerful. We underestimate it so much. When we pray, something happens in the spiritual realm. Angels are called to battle. Consciences are pricked and hearts softened. I believe my prayers can protect my future husband’s heart. I believe that God can lead me to pray for my future husband at the exact time he needs it. God answers prayer. I have not yet seen how He has in my husband-to-be’s life, but someday, I will.
Think of Abraham’s servant. He prayed for God to lead him to the right woman to be Isaacs’s bride, and God did.
Think of Ruth Bell Graham. She prayed for her future husband, and her prayers impacted his life and shaped him into the evangelist we know today.
One day, I long to look into my husband’s eyes and tell him I was praying for him before we ever met. I want to tell him how much I loved him even then. I want to give him the letters and prayers I’ve written to him.
Can you tell I’m looking forward to it? I am, so much. But I’m willing to wait. There is only one man for me, and that’s the man I’m praying for.
Until then, I have a job to do. Not only to pray for him, but to pray for myself as well. To fall more in love with Jesus, and become a woman pursuing her Savior. The woman my future husband needs me to be.
So, are you ready to embark on an adventure? To fall more in love with Jesus and love your future husband at the same time? Are you ready for crazy trust and faith? To wait, yet be excited about the waiting? There’s only one way to do it.
“God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: wait for hope to appear.” Lamentations 3:25-29 MSG
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