When our children were really young, a mom of teens shared, “I pray almost every day for each of our children’s mate.”
Silently I thought, Well, that’s a good prayer. But that’s a long way down the road. I’ll add it later.
My mind already overflowed with prayer needs for the current season—Potty-training .. sharing .. sleep .. wellness .. patience .. guidance .. strength ..
Future spouses didn’t seem as pressing right now, so I wasn’t motivated.
A year later, an older couple approached me at an event that Terrell and I were attending. After introducing themselves, they shared that they’d known Terrell when he was single. “We’re so glad to meet you. We prayed for you for years .”
Strangers prayed for me, a stranger. They prayed for my path, my walk with God, my character development over many years. I was humbled, speechless, grateful.
That day I jotted new prayers in my journal for each of our children and their mate. Here are a few: That they love Jesus most. That they love, honor, and cherish each other. That they’re each other’s best friend.
To love Jesus most is a lifelong journey. Learning to love, honor and cherish another person is learned over the course of lots of relational experiences, the painful and pleasant. Understanding how to be a good friend takes time, which often includes trial.
Meanwhile, we pray.
Our son Ellison asked a beautiful young woman to marry him a few months ago. Her name is Carter. Our whole family is excited and thankful to God. They love Jesus most. They love, honor and cherish each other. And they are each other’s best friend.
What a privilege God gives us to stand in the gap and pray diligently for our children and for those they will love.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” (1 Timothy 2.1)