We thank you for the gift of sexual love, which You created at the dawn of time, to be a blessing for all generations throughout the earth, and an earthly reflection of Your passionate, possessive, jealous love for us through all the ages.
We pray that You would fill each and every marriage with Your love and grace, and that every husband and wife would know the joy that comes from sharing and giving.
We know, Lord, that every marriage is a model of Your love for us, but that it exists in this varied, evolving, finite, flawed world, that is created as You have seen fit. We thus ask Your blessing upon all married people, and upon all those whose love makes their union blessed and sacramental in Your eyes.
We thank You for all those who create homes and families of love, and wish to join with You in the Creation and Sustenance of all our children, especially those who chose to offer their parental love to those who are not their physical children. We see in Your Word so many examples of intense love between those who are bonded by commitment and choice, that we know that you live in ALL our families, whether they be Families of Birth, or Families of Choice.
We pray for all those who do not enjoy those blessings, remembering that you are Father and Mother to us all, especially the orphaned, and Husband and Wife to us all, especially to those who live lives of solitude, either by choice or by destiny.
We pray, as you have commanded us, for those in positions of civil authority.
We pray that Her Majesty’s Government will act with wisdom and righteousness, celebrating marriage as the recognition of lifelong love and commitment for all.
We pray for forgiveness for our nation, for a past in which Her Majesty’s Government has sought to make evil out of love, and to create artificial differences between Your Children, among whom we know You see not male or female, nor slave nor citizen.
And we pray for ourselves, that we would speak out in support of marriage for all with gentleness and kindness, but also with courage and confidence.
In the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord, and the spirit of Ruth and Naomi and of Jonathan and David, we pray.