This is called tragic irony- the person who thinks she’s trusting God so completely that she… stops praying. 🤔
My old mindset toward getting married left it all up to God. I was left to passively wait until the guy God had picked for me arrived on scene. When that kept not happening, I found myself very frustrated in my prayer life. God seemed silent and unresponsive. Though I knew the truth of the Gospel- that Jesus had met my deepest need for a savior and loved me deeply- the lack of action in my dating life seemed to amplify the lie that God had forgotten me. Waking up to the idea that I had an active role to play in getting married actually motivated me to pray boldly and join with the Lord in what he was doing. It was really cool! Highly recommend.
What are some bold dating prayers, you ask? Here are some ideas: Lord, will you provide a husband for me? Will you show me how to break that big desire into simple steps to take? Will you give me ideas for things to try in dating? Will you help me think of ways to meet new people? Will you help me be vulnerable and ask my friends to pray for my dating life? Will you help me chill out on the first date I’m going on? Lord, I don’t know if I should keep seeing this guy. Help me know how to proceed and discern what I want. Will you help me live with joy as a single person today while taking steps toward getting married? What’s an area I can grow in this month? How can I walk more in step with your Spirit? How can I be an encouragement to this guy I’m going on a date with? Lord, help me ask good questions and be a good listener. How about I try to meet 3 new people at this party I’m on my way to? Help, Lord! Help!
He hears you! Ask for what you need and watch for how he responds through his Word and through wise people he brings into your life.
Does any of this resonate with you? I’d love to hear in the comments! And know that I’m praying boldly for you and your dating life today.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.