A Prayer for Valentine’s Day
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Sol. 7:10
Your love is better than life. Psalm 63:3
Dear Lord Jesus, it’s the day in our culture in which red hearts, overpriced cards, dark chocolates, and cut flowers abound—Valentine’s Day is upon us. We praise you for the joys of romantic love—past and present, But even more so, we praise you for being the One in whom our great longing for intimacy and rich connection finds its fulfillment.
Though it is to your glory when we enjoy the multiple delights of committed love, thank you for showing us, time and time again, that no one human being (or any number of them)—no human romance story, no torrid love affair could possibly fill the God shaped vacuum in our souls. Even the best marriage is made of two broken people—two redeemed sinners who will ultimately not be enough for the other. Indeed, there’s only one love that is better than life—your love for us.
Grant us, no, grace us with a deeper and richer experience of belonging to you, Jesus. You are the ultimate Spouse—the Spouse we always wanted. We believe this, but we want to savor and celebrate it with every fiber of our being. Free us from our unbelief, Lord Jesus; let us really, really believe you desire us, delight in us, rejoice over us with singing, as a Bridegroom takes great delight in his bride.
It’s when we’re not alive to your love for us, that we place unrealistic demands on other people and other relationships. Instead of being servants, we become users of others; instead of being glad givers, we become selfish takers; instead of rejoicing in what we do have, we become whiners about what we don’t have; instead of being quick forgivers, we become tiresome rehearsers of one another’s failures. Forgive us and free us, Lord Jesus.
By the power of the gospel, enable us more fully to love others as you love us, until the Day our grace-secured betrothal becomes the Day of our consummate rejoicing—at the wedding feast of the Lamb. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and tenacious name.