Are you praying for answers in your marriage but still feel unsure about how to handle your circumstances? Be encouraged to stand guard like Habakkuk, as a watchman in prayer for your marriage as you wait.

Habakkuk 2:1

I will stand on my guard post

And station myself on the ramparts;

And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me.

Are you in the midst of marital struggle? Have you been praying for direction but still feel unsure about how to handle your circumstances?

Habakkuk was a man who sought answers from God. He was very troubled by his circumstances and asked those big questions that seem to gnaw at our hearts at some point in our life—

Why, God? How long?

The first chapter of Habakkuk is mostly devoted to his complaints and frustrations about why God seemed to allow evil to prevail and his prayers to go unanswered.

How long, Lord, must I call for help,

But you do not listen?

Or cry out to you, “Violence!” But you do not save? 

Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Habakkuk 1:2-3

As Habakkuk pours out his heart in prayer, he is freed from the weight of his anxiety.

Voicing our needs before the Lord is the first step in entrusting them over to Jesus—he is our very own strong tower.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

In the second chapter, Habakkuk takes on a new attitude of expectant waiting. He determines to wait in prayer until God answers.

Habakkuk 2:1

I will stand on my guard post

And station myself on the ramparts;

And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me.

It’s so comforting to know that in the difficult seasons of marriage, we can go to God with our honest questions and tell him our concerns. We can stand guard over our marriage and wait expectantly for Him to answer.

Watchtowers were built high on city walls (ramparts) so that watchmen could see the enemies approaching the city. They were also used to guard the wells and vineyards from thieves and to protect the cattle and sheep.

Are you praying for answers in your marriage but still feel unsure about how to handle your circumstances? Be encouraged to stand guard like Habakkuk, as a watchman in prayer for your marriage as you wait.

As you stand watch over your marriage, what is threatening it?

I believe when we station ourselves in prayer our eyes begin to see our circumstances from a broader viewpoint.  

We see the incoming threats more clearly. We see our own sin exposed by God’s holiness where before maybe we only saw our own wounds.

Securing our eyes on who Jesus is to us takes our focus off of our circumstance and onto the trustworthy character of God.

He is in control. Whatever happens, he can work it out for your good and his glory. (Romans 8:28) Click To Tweet

When God answers Habakkuk He says,

But the righteous person will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

As we keep watch and pray for direction, we can find assurance in our faith. Click To Tweet

No matter what—we live by faith. And our faith brings us peace.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Comfort doesn’t always come from the release of our problems or even deliverance from them. Sometimes the problems remain. Sometimes marriages crumble.

Answers may not come right away. 

So we live by our faith—even in the midst of problems— and we believe in God’s power to use our circumstances to draw us closer to Him. And to restore us.

The book of Habakkuk contains only 3 short chapters. 

Habakkuk voices his complaints to God in chapter one. In the second chapter, he waits expectantly for God to answer. The third chapter ends with a powerful prayer of praise.

As the nation of Judah was crumbling before Habakkuk’s eyes, still he rejoiced in the Lord. He was able to see God’s power in the darkness.

His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. 3:3-4

When we remember God’s power and glory even in the midst of destruction, we can find hope.

We can see the rays of hope shining light into the places that have grown dim in our souls.

And we can hold onto that same hope for our life as we pray for direction.

Though the fig tree does not bud

And there are no grapes on the vines,

Though the olive crop fails

And the fields produce no fruit,

Though there are no sheep in the pen

And no cattle in the stalls

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer

He enables me to tread on heights. 

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Whatever hard circumstance you are facing, I pray that your faith would bring you peace.

Do you need prayer for your marriage? I would love to pray for you. Feel free to list your request in the comment section below.

Are you praying for answers in your marriage? When Habakkuk wanted answers he acted as a watchman and prayed. Here's a prayer for guidance as you stand guard and wait for God to answer.

 

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