Marriage Devotional Day 22 - Sexual Healing

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:18-19

There’s a lot that can stack against sexual intimacy in a marriage before it even begins: many couples enter marriage having made mistakes with sexual purity and come to marriage with sexual wounds. Sexual abuse is tragically common; many couples include a spouse who was sexually abused. Pornography addiction is prevalent, even among believers.
Perhaps sexuality is the place Satan likes to hurt us the most because it affects us to the core; the wounds are deep and leave noticeable scars.
Since we can’t change the past, what do we do now? How can we take what has happened and move on to experience sexual healing and freedom within marriage?
Isaiah 43:18-19 provides a roadmap for us: Don’t dwell on the past! You can take what has happened and work on how it affects you today, but we don’t have to live in the past anymore. God wants to do a new work in you and in your marriage! If sex has been a struggle for you as a couple, take heart because God can redeem even the harshest of conditions or experiences.
Redemption and restoration will come when we invite God to do His work in our lives, but we must partner with Him through prayer and commitment to healing. Sex isn’t just a physical union, it’s spiritual. When spouses join together body and soul, it extends beyond just that moment. The bond and security it provides strengthens a marriage. More “sexual healing,” as Marvin Gaye puts it, will help lead to sexual healing and health.
Luke 19:10 NKJV tells us that, “… the Son of Man came to seek and save that which what was lost.” Jesus is the great redeemer, the rescuer of our hearts! He can restore what is broken; He can bind and heal our wounds. He can bring sexual healing to our marriages.
Pray this prayer together:
Lord, we acknowledge that You are our Healer and that You work miracles every day. Please intervene in our marriage and heal us, individually and as a couple. Please fix the broken places; please redeem us. Please help us to cast away the enemy and the darts he throws at us. Please bind up our wounds and heal our scars so that we may experience sexual intimacy as you designed it—a beautiful gift to experience freely without inhibitions or guilt.

For her: Where do I need sexual healing? What new things do I hope God will do within our sex life?
For him: Where do I need sexual healing? What new things do I hope God will do
within our sex life?
For us: How can we pray for each other in this area of sexual healing? Take a moment and pray the above prayer together.

 

Used by permission. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship