Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified. Ask Me anything and I will do it” (John 14:13,14). Of course if it’s bad for us or if it’s sinful, the Father will say no. He’ll take action, though, because love — God’s radical love — cannot sit idly doing nothing. His “no” is never nothing.
The action of God that’s spawned by the desire that inspired our prayer is a partnership with the Father who made us and the Lord who saved us from sin and the Holy Spirit who teaches us what is holy and truly beneficial. This is what it means to “ask in the name of Jesus.”
In marriage, this partnership includes our spouse. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, we’re united to each other in Christ, and therefore when we pray in union with each other and with the Provider of the Sacrament, prayer reaches its pinnacle of power. What happens next depends on how much we (or those for whom we’re praying) are ready for the action that God is already ready to make.
The Lord always answers our prayers, and the prayers of a couple in love are very precious to the Lord of Love. May we be as patient as he is while waiting on God’s perfect timing for the goal of our prayer to be reached. Remember, God takes action immediately, and the wait is never wasted. Let’s do everything we can to become more ready and to discover everything to be learned in the meantime. When our prayer is for others, let’s learn to love them compassionately and to be God’s messenger of love while waiting to see the results of our prayers.
Ultimately, God answers every holy prayer in ways that are more wonderful than we can imagine.
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- What are my prayers for my sweetheart?
- Do I know what are my sweetheart’s prayers for me?
Strengthen your relationship:
Describe to each other what your prayer life is like when you’re not together. What’s your favorite or most common way that you pray? How connected do you feel to God when you pray? Do you feel more connected to God when you pray as a couple? And of course, end this discussion with a prayer to increase this connectivity!
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