Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
—1 PETER 5:8–9
As much as marriage is a blessing, marriage is also a battle—and I don’t mean spouse versus spouse! Having a healthy, God-honoring marriage requires fighting for each other. To be prepared for the battle, we need to remember who we are fighting so we know how to fight.
The Bible tells us on many occasions that we are really fighting against the devil, but being a deceiver, the devil doesn’t always make his presence obvious. After all, our spiritual enemy disguised himself as a serpent in the garden of Eden when he targeted the first-ever marriage relationship. His assault brought sin, which resulted in separation, fear, blame, and shame. The oneness of marriage was under attack—and still is.
The enemy looks for vulnerable spots in a marriage. He looks for our weaknesses—those places in our walk with the Lord that are weak become opportunities for him to get a foothold. The best way to be protected is to be prepared, and that’s why Peter told us we need to be alert. We need to have eyes to see real danger. Then we are to resist the devil by standing firm in our faith.
Be on your guard. Stay alert. Pray together. Pray with your spouse. Stay in God’s Word. Surround yourselves with godly people and a church community. And keep your eyes on Jesus. He has given you the resources you need to fight for your marriage!
Father, protect my marriage. Give us spiritual eyes to see how some of our challenges or conflicts are really attacks from the enemy. Keep us prayerful, watchful, and saturated in Your truth. Jesus, You disarmed Satan’s power at the cross. Your Spirit who lives inside of us is greater and more powerful than our enemy. Enable us to walk in Your power and victory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
In what part of your walk with the Lord are you most vulnerable? What is one thing you can do today to protect your marriage from spiritual attacks? We’d love to hear!
Excerpted with permission from The Better Mom Devotional by Ruth Schwenk, copyright Ruth Schwenk. Available now everywhere books are sold.