And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” Rev. 19:9-10
Dear Lord Jesus, it’s not hard to understand why John fell down to worship the angel who delivered this knee-buckling, heart-palpitating vision; for our oldest longings, greatest cravings, and deepest yearnings are claimed by what John saw—the Day when your relationship with us will be brought to fullness and perfection.
We are foolish to think there’s some set of circumstances, some person, some relationship, some change in our world, some sensual experience that can satisfy the restlessness in our hearts. But we’re made for you, Lord Jesus—created for joy-igniting, whole-person fulfilling intimacy with you. You—the most loving and tender Bridegroom, have made us—the most unlikely and ill-deserving people, your cherished bride.
Lord Jesus, because we’re called, redeemed and guaranteed a place at this banquet; because you’ve set your affection upon us and find great delight in us; because we’ll spend eternity celebrating the only love that was ever enough, the only love that would never let us go—O Lord, for these incomparable gifts, we too fall down and worship you, for you alone are God and you alone are worthy.
Lord Jesus, until that Day when you consummate your marriage with us, help those of us who are single to know you are enough—that you are the only Spouse who would ever be enough. Deepen our enjoyment of relationship with you, as we wait upon you for the unfolding of your will for the rest of our days in this world.
And help those of us who are married to love our spouses as you love us. Free us to groan and grow in grace together. Free us for loving well—when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Free us from thinking you cannot renew broken, boring, passionless, purposeless marriages. Fill these temporary marriages of ours with mercy-filled kindness and grace-fueled encouragement. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and loving name.