Entreaty

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Entreaty is founded on mutual understanding and the vulnerability it takes to share the truth in love. It is the result of true marital intimacy.

I exhort first of all that supplications (and] prayers .. . be made for all. 1 Timothy 2:1

There's an urgency about entreaty. It takes place when one or both partners in a marriage relationship recognize the needs of the other. A partner in marriage might share entreaty during an evening of quiet reflection or during a private time over dinner. Entreaty might be made after seeing a partner miss out on achieving treasured goals. It might be made over the burden of a child missing special time with Mom or Dad. Entreaty says, "I care about you and about priorities that I know are important to you. I care too much to let you miss out on these important priorities."

Entreaty is founded on mutual understanding and the vulnerability it takes to share the truth in love. It is the result of true marital intimacy. The Bible's encouragements for prayer and supplications are reminders that we've been created "needy" of God and of others. Prayer reminds us of our dependence on the divine. Our vulnerability with one another reminds us that we can really benefit from our spouse's perspective. Our spouse's vulnerability in sharing their needs reminds us of our commitment to think more highly of others than we do of ourselves.

"Sweetheart, I'm overwhelmed this morning by all that's in front of me. Could we pray together before you go to work?" Such an entreaty is Teresa's loving way to remind me that she needs me. She needs me to appreciate her struggles and support her with prayer and attention. Her loving entreaty touches within me a "need to be needed"—a beautiful win-win situation.

We all need to keep an eye open for opportunities to entreat our spouses, and we need to be ready when they entreat us.

In what situations is your spouse most prone to entreating you? How can you meet his or her needs in those situations?

Lord, keep me open and sensitive to my loved ones' cries for help.

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