Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24
LORD GOD, CREATOR AND SUSTAINER OF MARRIAGE,
It is our privilege to rejoice in your goodness and your giving of this one-flesh union.
In prayer, allow us to rise above the vanities of this world and intercede for our friends before this marriage altar—
A gift from a Great God and
A mirror to a Glorious Gospel.
As they leave father and mother, remind them
That You will never leave us to our oppressors
That You will never leave us as orphans
That You will never leave us or forsake us.
Keep this couple free from independence, but instead dependent on Christ and each other, for woman was made from man, and man was born of woman.
Reveal yourself to this couple as
A Father, when privation casts doubt in your supply,
A Shield, when Satan assaults them with darts of selfishness,
A Light, when depression closes the drapes to your goodness,
A Rock, when marriage exposes their weaknesses,
A Balm, when sickness steals the joy of living,
A Treasure, when money tugs the fabric of their marriage,
A Savior, when suffering forbids them from mutual to help.
God of our Delight, we are witnesses today of a covenant between a husband and a wife in their youth, forged upon the anvil of biblical commitment.
Help them to stand with watchful eye on the castle wall of faith, focused on the promises of your word rather than the shifting sands of feelings.
Make this one-flesh union
A portrait of Jesus’ love,
A token of Jesus’ grace,
An arrow to Jesus’ death,
A lamppost to Jesus’ power.
May our brother never cease in selflessly nurturing his wife and may he long to present her faultless and without spot before our Savior, as Christ cleansed the church by the washing of the water and the word.
May their love point us beyond their own marriage but further to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
May our sister become thousands of ten thousand, and may her offspring possess the gate of those who hate You.
May you, O Lord God, make this woman like the matriarchs of old, who together built up your people. May she be renowned in her homeland and beyond and may this woman and her house bring forth many children for the Lord’s sake.
In Jesus’ name,