Fifteen years is a long time to live with an unreasonable, demanding husband. Susan had come to Christ ten years earlier and found great peace in experiencing God’s love and forgiveness. Tom wasn’t interested in spiritual things and continued to make life difficult at home. It was time for divorce. Susan made an appointment with a lawyer.
Later that day she attended an afternoon tea and met two missionary women home on furlough. As they became acquainted one asked Susan about her husband. Susan quietly mentioned that she’d just called a divorce lawyer. The woman said, “We need to pray for you.”
They led Susan into a back room of the house, closed the door and began praying. They prayed aloud for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes. They would cry out to God, begging him repeatedly to save this marriage. They continued praying this way until 40 minutes had passed! Then they stopped. One said, “God has healed your marriage. Go home and love your husband.”
She did. Susan and Tom have now been married over 30 years. Tom has not yet changed. But Susan can honestly say she has never again been tempted to call a lawyer. She has learned to smile at the storms and praise God anyway. God has been faithful. Their children are following Christ with their lives. She and Tom are more content in their marriage than ever before.
Susan often thinks back to the 40 minutes of prayer that saved her marriage. Most people would have ceased praying after five minutes. Yet those women did not feel released from the need to pray until 40 minutes had passed. They continued to pray it through to completion, until they felt God had answered their prayer.
- “I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel. Malachi 2:16 NASB
- So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:6
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