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Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:41-43 (KJV)
How many times have we spoken death to our marriages? We tell all our friends and whoever will listen, our pain and torment. We don’t cover our spouse’s shame or sin. Instead, we reveal every little dirty secret. There is no life there. It is dead.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
God can’t leave dead things alone. He likes to take dead things and speak life. He is our Restorer and Deliverer. God doesn’t let things die. He is life. His Word speaks of life. And He wants to speak life into your marriage.
The story of Lazarus is a popular one. It is also one that you can speak over your marriage. Even though Jesus was told of His friend’s illness, He tarried and didn’t go right away to heal him. The scriptures tell us that this is so the Father can be glorified, according to John 11:4. What better miracle than to take something dead, four days dead mind you, and give it life just by speaking two small but demanding words, “COME FORTH”.
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4 (KJV)
At the command that Jesus gave after the stone had been rolled away, Lazarus came forth just as Jesus demanded. Out walks Lazarus, very much alive at this point, but bound by his grave clothes.
And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him and let him go. John 11:44 (KJV)
Today, lets speak to our marriages just like Jesus spoke to Lazarus. Order your marriage restoration to COME FORTH in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. And just like Lazarus, your spouse will come forward, still in their graveclothes. They will be bound by the shackles of their sin and shame. Remove those from your spouse by showing love, patience, self-control. Love as Christ loves. Demand this day that Satan let loose the ties that bind your spouse from marital restoration as you call them to come forth into the glorious blessings that await them for doing the Lord’s will.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2
Let’s pray together, calling forth the release of our spouses from their captivity and pray our marriage restoration to come forth.
Heavenly Father, we thank You and praise You that we have the honor of praying for our spouses. Lord, we know that nothing is too hard for You to do. We call forth our blessings. We call forth salvation for our spouses. We call forth marital restoration. Just as You called Lazarus from the grave to come forth, we order all these things to come forth right now in the name of our mighty Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord, You raised Lazarus from the dead. He was brought to life just by Your word that You sent forth that he needed to come forth. We declare the same for our hurting and dead marriages. COME FORTH!
Lord, we pray that just as Lazarus had to be loosed and let go when he came forth from the tomb in his burial clothes, loose our spouses now Father from the bondage of death and sin; of darkness and the grave. Loose them Father, and bring them and our marriages back to life. Let them arise and COME FORTH from their grave of sin. We give You all honor, praise and glory for the mighty miracle of a restored marriage in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Barby in Pennsylvania