Q: Please pray for me. I want to build my own family, but am not married. How should I pray and what scriptures from the Bible should I stand on in my prayers?

A:  Denise’s Answer: Thank you for your question! I think you’re not alone with this question. Let me tell you about the testimony of a dear friend of mine. She was 28 years old when she came to me and said, “I want to get married. I’m going to finish school, but my parents are pressuring me!” As she talked, faith came into my heart and I replied, “You know what? We’re going to tell the Lord. But not by telephone — we’re going to call your husband to you by faith! The Bible says to call things that be as though they’re not. With this faith in my heart, I called her husband to her, and two weeks later she started a relationship with her future husband! They have been married for several years and have three precious little girls. So the answer to your question is faith! There is faith involved! Not just saying, “I wish,” or “It would be nice.” No. If you call out to God by faith, He will answer! 

Irina Beyris’ Answer: There are a lot of girls who come to our church to listen to Pastor Denise’s teaching about marriage. Sometimes we have girls who come and aren’t even married yet, but they want to be married and learn how to be a good wife in the future. When I pray over these women and girls who aren’t married, God often puts a word for them on my heart that God will give to their husbands by their hearts. During one class, as the six weeks of teaching went by, the girls who were single started dating and started practicing everything they learned like how to respect their partners or how to ask for forgiveness. After some time, we would even receive photos of their newborn babies! I think it’s a good desire to get married, but you were also asking about Bible verses. There are a lot of verses that would be great to pray on about the topic of marriage, but by faith, I believe God wants me to give you John 16:24, which says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” I want to encourage you to ask and thank God, and your heart will be full of God’s joy! In this verse, He is ensuring and filling you with His joy. I also feel led to give you John 15:7, which says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” This is an important truth: If the Word of God abides in you, ask and you will receive!