WITNESSLINE DEVOTIONAL: DAY FOUR

WITNESSLINE DEVOTIONAL: DAY FOUR

DAY FOUR  (Isaac’s Marriage)

(Gen. 24:3- 4). “You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but you shall go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac”

After Sarah died, Abraham realized that he must take the initiative and make plans to find a mate for his son. That is not the way our children find their marriage partners, but for that time and culture it was a beautiful love story. The Canaanites were a vile race, cursed by God and doomed to destruction. God would not be pleased for Isaac to marry one of them. Mesopotamia became the only logical place to find a wife for Isaac.  While we do not choose our children’s mates for them anymore, we must teach them from their earliest days the importance of marrying believers ( 1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14). It will help them find God’s choice of a life partner when the time comes for that important decision to be made.

PRAYERS

  1. Hail Mary 21 times and Thank you Jesus 21 times.
  2. Bible Study: Gen. 24:1-66
  3. Lessons:

That we must not play favorites: Isaac and Rebekah had favorites. Isaac enjoyed Esau, while Rebekah preferred Jacob. This was a mistake.

We must forgive each other: Married couples must keep in mind that fights and arguments can and will happen in marriage. Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage showed how dangerous not forgiving one another really is. They grew increasingly apart from each other. And although it is very commendable that Isaac never had another woman in his life, it is tragic that their relationship slowly became like that of roommates living inside one house.

Marriages can start well, but will need effort to keep them well: Genesis 24:62-67 tells us how Isaac and Rebekah’s relationship started off well:

We must avoid arranging a wife or husband for our children: Despite being an arranged marriage Isaac loved Rebekah. decades later, we read how distant they grew from each other. The gap in their relationship grew so thick that: and that Rebekah would hatch a plot where Isaac would be tricked to bless Jacob instead of Esau (Genesis 27).

  1. Silence (5 to 10 minutes) (write down your own lessons; learn to hear from God and write down whatever God says to you)
  2. Intercessory Prayers : Prayer for Getting the Right Marriage Partner

 

PRAYER FOR GETTING THE RIGHT MARRIAGE  PARTNER (Pray it twice either for yourself, children or a friend).

 

Father God, your word in Genesis 2:18 makes it clear that it is not good for a man to be alone. You also said in Gen2:24 that a man shall leave his father and mother nad cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh. I know, Oh God, that your plans for me are plans for good and not of evil as said in Jer.29:11. Therefore, my God, connect me now to that man/woman you created to be my husband/wife. Let him/her come and let every process that is necessary for our being united as husband and wife be fulfilled in your own time, way and place, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lord, I make this prayer standing on your word in Isaiah 34:16 where you said,  Search and read the scroll of the Lord: Not one of these will go missing, not one will lack her mate, because He has ordered it by His mouth, and He will gather them by His Spirit.

I believe what your word says that none shall lack her mate; therefore, I declare that I shall not be without a mate. Your Omniscient Spirit knows who and where my mate is, O Lord. Proceed therefore, precious Holy Spirit and arrange that situation or circumstance that will bring us together and unite us as you have already ordained. Help us to form a formidable team that will advance your kingdom and bring glory to your Holy name, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

  1. The Litany to the Precious Blood of Jesus (as given below)

LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us
God, the Father of heaven

have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world *
God, the Holy Spirit *
Holy Trinity, One God *

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the Blood of Salvation
*Cover us and the whole world.*

The ocean of the Blood of Jesus Christ

Set us free( *R* your response)

The Blood of Jesus Christ,
Full of holiness and compassion *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
Our strength and power
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Everlasting Covenant *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The foundation of the Christian faith *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The armor of God *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Divine Charity *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The scourge of demons *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, The help of those in bondage *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The sacred wine *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The power of Christians *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The defender of the Catholic wall *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Christian’s true faith *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The healing blood
Save us (Response)

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The anointing blood
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The boldness of the children of God
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The commander of Christian warriors
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The blood of resurrection
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The drink of heavenly angels
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The consolation of God the Father

*R* Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The power of the Holy Spirit
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The circumcision of the Gentiles
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The peace of the world
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The sunshine of heaven and earth
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The rainbow in heaven
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The hope of innocent children
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Word of God in our hearts *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The heavenly weapon *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Divine Wisdom *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The foundation of the world *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The mercy of God the Father *R*

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Cleanse the sins of the world
O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

*R*: Refine the world

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
*R* Teach us how to console Jesus

Let us Pray

O Precious Blood of our salvation, we believe, hope and trust in You. Deliver all those that are in the hands of the infernal spirits we beseech You. Protect the dying against the works of evil spirits and welcome them into Your eternal glory. Have mercy on the whole world and strengthen us to worship and console the Sacred Heart. We adore you, O Precious Blood of mercy. Amen.

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

*R* Heal the wounds in the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. (repeat 3 times)

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.