"Praying For Your Future Husband" A Book I Never Thought I Would Read
Like I mentioned in my last blog, while waiting to board my flight back to Oregon I heard God speak: You can pray about dating now.
Taken aback, I thought: What the heck God? Now is not the time!
Didn't He want me to be a Flight Attendant? Soon, I’d be in Seattle training for 6 weeks. After that, only He knew where I’d be based… possibly Anchorage, Alaska. (Brrrrrr!)
Why hadn’t he granted me a boyfriend when I desperately wanted one?
Because God doesn’t work that way...
His timing (at least, in my personal experience) is often comical.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 reads “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Before God nudged me to pray about dating I had already been praying for my future husband.
Earlier in 2015, after learning about the beauty and gift of singleness through books like Loveology and Spoken For I came across another book co-written by Robin Jones Gunn called Praying For Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His.
My first reaction was: Cheesy. I will not be caught reading this!
But, intrigued, I eventually bought it. (Haha!)
And what I read changed the way I looked at prayer.
The book informs us that, "When your heart connects through prayer to the One who is the source of true love, you'll find that praying for your future husband will wondrously result in your heart being changed. And when your heart is changed, your life is transformed."
This was so true for me!
Instead of being sad and bitter about my singleness. I rejoiced in it (see my last post)! Also, instead of passively waiting for God to bring me a man to possibly marry one day I waited actively in prayer (while also doing some pretty cool things with my life... like handling human brains, working at Disneyland, and attending a writers' conference in Los Angeles).
As I began writing down my prayers for my future husband I discovered that the characteristics I wanted in him also applied to the areas in my own life I wanted strengthened too!
For instance, I prayed that he would invest his time with a great church community. Then, after praying this, instead of simply attending Sunday gatherings I also joined a community group and a women's bible study, surrounding myself with people who would speak truth over me.
If I wanted him to seek after God then I, too, needed to be seeking after God.
Waiting became easier--fun even! Because I knew he was out there somewhere and praying for him helped me believe that.
Do you believe that prayer makes a difference?
The outcome, however, isn't always what we expect.
When you treat God like a genie you will be sorely disappointed, but when you ask God to want what He wants and to see the world the way He sees it your heart will be transformed and you will start praying deeper, better prayers.
Prayers like I pray my future husband is patient, content, loves God, and is loyal rather than I pray my husband is tall, dark and handsome, rich, and loves everything I love.
So when God prompted me to pray I obeyed.
Ok God, I prayed right then and there in the airport, if you've got a guy in mind for me please send him my way.
Little did I know what was about to happen...