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We prayed and prayed that our daughter's marriage would work out, but it hasn't, and now her divorce has been finalized. Why didn't God answer our prayers? Isn't marriage supposed to be for life, according to the Bible?


A:

God gave marriage to us — and yes, His plan from the beginning was that marriage should be for life. Jesus said, “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark 10:9).

God’s original design for marriage is still part of His perfect will, and every husband and wife should strive to make it a reality in their lives — particularly today, when so many take their marriage vows casually or thoughtlessly. I believe churches and parents should do more to prepare our young people for the joys and responsibilities of marriage, helping them understand God’s plan for this sacred relationship. What will our children (and grandchildren) learn from observing our marriages?

Sadly, sin has invaded our world, corrupting everything it touches, including God’s institution of marriage. God’s perfect will has not changed, but marriages still fail, leaving heartache and confusion in their wake. Even in the midst of this, however, God is still able to forgive, and He is able to heal the brokenhearted.

Pray for your daughter, and do all you can to assure her of your love and compassion. Your pain may be great, but I suspect hers is even greater. In addition, encourage her to turn to Christ and find new strength and hope in Him. Jesus’ promise is for her, and for all who carry the burden of a broken marriage: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

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5 Comments

  1. Dixie says:

    Needs to be more on christian channels about sex addictions as drug addictions. It’s the number one cause of divorces today. There needs to be a documentary show on what pain & suffering that divorces causes not only on the spouse but the self destruction the children deal with the rest of their lives. People would admit it’s not greener on the other side so some will think before they divorce. Give testimony on couples that put there faith in Christ & saved there marriage.The pain is more than one can bear but through Christ ALONE I’v been able to bear the pain better. Reading the Bible for the 1st time in my life at 47 & putting ALL my faith in God, I can say I have more testimonies God has been there for me & he is ALIVE!

  2. Michelle says:

    Thank the Lord even when it doesn't look good pray 4 his soul. And pray 4 your daughter's soul. Love is greater and is patient. You are not alone the spirit of God is in you and will teach you how to pray according to God's will.

  3. michael says:

    Shamefully, divorce has become the “national pastime” since 1962 the devil's year.

  4. Jason says:

    I'm sorry for you and your daughter. Keep in mind God allows humanity free will so even though he doesn't divorce to happen it does. God can still make good come out of this. Keep being the solid rock your daughter needs! My prayers are with you

  5. Broken says:

    I am sorry this has happened in your family. I am divorced also-I didn't want it -but he left us for the neighbor. Your daughter needs to pray alot and cry alot-so be there for her-it was very hard to get through and I am still struggling.