“… PRE-WEDDING PRAYER RETREATS”
Hello funky believer, please can i talk to you for a minute?
Listen, I know that pre-wedding photos and bridal showers are awesome, I know it creates good memories for the couples and helps them bond intimately. I know how exciting it is to dress up in matching outfits with your spouse to-be and just have fun creating lasting memories with amazing photos and night parties with your gang. It is totally cool, but I just hope you also understand that as believers things are always a lot different for us, we don’t just rush into a trend because everybody else is doing it, or because it is cool, what comes first is how much that fashion or trend adds to our christian life, i mean, how spiritually relevant is it to our love walk with God?
Please forgive me if I am sounding like a killjoy, but rather than surround yourself with friends who will dress up in white outfits and take photos with you in a hotel room to post on social media, why don’t you keep a small circle of fire-branded friends that can join you in a pre-wedding prayer and fasting retreat, and still stick around to pray for your marriage whenever you need them?
Rather than going out on a bachelor’s night party with a gang of friends who will tease you all night about how you’ll be getting stuck with one woman for the rest of your life, why don’t you have a bachelor’s vigil with friends who’s prayers and personal walk with God you can trust?
Hope you don’t think I am trying to kill all the fun you have been dreaming to have, all I want you to see is how we can turn these exciting worldly interests into our spiritual advantage. When our friends are doing bridal showers, we can do bridal fasting and still have fun. When others are doing bachelor’s night, let’s do bachelor’s vigil instead, is anybody catching this?
Start building up an army of friends you will need on that marriage journey, not the ones that don’t have the spiritual capacity to go with you beyond the I DO. Start choosing your WAR FRIENDS carefully, start gathering spiritual guarantors who can stand in the gap for you in the place of prayer.
I encourage everyone to add this to their wedding plans, schedule a pre-wedding prayer retreat with fasting and tarry if your strength can carry, the pre-wedding photos and bridal showers can come later, but first, plan a retreat with your church, or a personal retreat at home with a few close friends whose prayers you can rely on anytime. This is a long term spiritual investment, this is what Sustains the marriage long after the swagger of the bridal showers and bachelor parties has expired, I wish alot of us can learn this.. And if you don’t have a few good friends whose prayers you can rely on, then I beg you to start building one now.
“The most important pre-wedding exercise is not the beautification of your wedding, BUT the edification of your marriage.
Hope this speaks to somebody, we are the chosen generation God will boast about!
Allison Bisongs is a Writer, Youth Counsellor and Life Coach.
He helps lead healthy Christian relationships.
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