Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 112, Deuteronomy 24:1-5, and 1 Corinthians 7:10-16
St. Paul writes about what we are to do when one spouse is a believer and the other is not. He tells us to remain married, so long as the unbelieving spouse is willing to do so as well. Further, he writes that the believer sanctifies the unbeliever.
There are a growing number of marriages where one spouse is a believer and the other is not. Or maybe they both claim to be, but one refuses to come to church or live a Christ-like life. It would seem that men are more often the ones who prefer not to attend church, and they use any number of excuses to do so. It functions the same way, where one spouse finds him- or herself going to church alone, being the sole follower of Christ in that household. It also can put a strain on the marriage.
If you find yourself in this situation, take heart: God is using you to reach the other person. Trust God to show you the way. Ask God to show you what to do and say.
If you do not find yourself in this situation, pray for those who do. If you know specific people, pray for them.