Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.8.11

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life. 

Proverbs 2:16-19 

Pray
Father thank You for waking me today. Thank You for walking with me this morning as I reflected and prayed for guidance on the message to share with Your children today. A story I read this morning touched my heart deeply as I prayed for a person that I only know of by name and reputation. His story isn’t unique however as I have read many similar stories of men who forget their way, and forget that You are their ruler, leader, guide, and ultimate authority. 

Today I read a story of a man caught up by the lure of wayward women, and consumed by his ego and pride, all of which has left him financially and emotionally paralyzed.  Father this man thought he was smarter, wiser, and more knowledgeable than what he was. He thought he could have casual sex with women and not get hanged in the web of his sinful ways. He thought that these same women would not try and succeed at getting pregnant by him so that they could forever and always be connected to his bank account. He thought that these women who appeared so understanding and enamored by him at one point, would be understanding of his inability to give them the thousands of dollars monthly that they had grown accustomed to receiving. 

Sadly Father, he thought wrong and was wrong. Today I pray for him. I pray that he seeks You first fully today and every day, and humbly refrains from thinking that he is “the man” and can do all things just because You blessed him with amazing and awesome gifts and talents. Uplift him Lord in Your light that he might seek, see, and receive the truth–Your Truth; and that he rebukes his old ways and the temptation of the seductress that has helped to get him to this low point in his life.

 Father I say this prayer not just for him but for all men, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race or religion. I pray that they seek You and ask for guidance, rather than react and jump into the arms and beds of the women they see who lure them with sex appeal and comforting words. I pray that these men see that by laying with these women it will only lead to both of their failure. I pray that even those who have only engaged mentally and verbally, yet not physically in this exchange, walk away and seek comfort in You. 
Free these men Father. Show them the way out of that deep pit.

I also pray for the men who trap women as the seducer in order to bind them through pregnancy. I pray for these men who find pleasure in sowing their seed around the world, to have babies, yet don’t want to be responsible fathers.
Free these men Lord. 

 I pray for the women who feel it necessary to assume the role of seductress to trap a man, rather than patiently wait for You to bring them their king. I pray for those women who plot and plan to get a man, yet claim they don’t and wouldn’t. I pray for the women who care nothing about these men and whether they are married or have families or careers or goals. I pray for these women who lie to get their way, who lie to get to another level of happiness yet never consider living in joy with You. I pray for the women who consider and those who succeed at getting pregnant by a man just to remain a part of his life, and attached to his wallet. Free these women Father.

I  pray for those babies. I pray for the babies conceived from a lie. Father protect the babies. Protect them from their parents deception and selfishness; protect them from the world; and protect them from the darkness that will try to overshadow Your light. 

I say this prayer with love and forgiveness in my heart. Amen.

Reflection
Let’s “keep it real” shall we?!? 

We all have choices. You can choose to deceive others or tell the truth. You can choose to wait until marriage to be sexually intimate or not. You can choose to be sexually intimate with multiple people or commit to one. You can choose to be sexually intimate with someone else while your significant other lovingly is clueless, or is too afraid or ignorant to leave you. You can choose to be faithful and committed to a monogamous relationship with one person– not straying mentally, emotionally, or sexually.

You can convince yourself that a condom is all you need. You can convince yourself that you are smart enough to keep from ever getting a sexually transmitted infection or disease; from getting caught up in an unplanned pregnancy…from getting caught in a trap….you can convince yourself of almost anything.

To rationalize is “to tell rational lies”. 

You can think what you want, but if you are thinking solely about yourself and God is not the center of your decisions you will end up flat on your face. We must resist the temptation that tells us that this dumb option we are considering will “be okay…just do it, it will feel so good…” and instead we must keep our eyes, minds, and hearts locked on God’s plan and purpose for our lives. 

Are you willing to risk a moment of ecstasy for a lifetime of pain, guilt, anger, and depression? Think about it. Your choice could connect you for a lifetime with a person you don’t even really know; with a person you could soon realize isn’t the person you thought them to be; with a person you grow to resent. Your choice could also lead to your demise. 

What choice will you make? 

Lovingly your sister in Christ. 

Natasha 

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