“I promised you to one husband, to Christ… but I’m afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:2–3
Lord Jesus, two things are unmistakably clear in this passage. The first thing, we belong to you as a washed, dressed, cherished Bride. If this doesn’t “fire us up,” we don’t have wet firewood, we have dead hearts.
The second thing, Satan hates the “first thing.” He’ll do anything to diminish, divert, and destroy our delight in you. He abhors your love for us, and fears our “first love” or any affection we have for you.
Whether through condemnation or persecution, seduction or suffering, busyness or laziness, his strategy is the same—to steal our hearts away from you. The devil doesn’t care if we admire and appreciate you, as long as we’re not smitten, head-over-heels passionate for you.
Wake us from our slumber, Jesus. Make your love for us the most compelling and consuming reality in our lives. Restore to us the love we had for you as new believers. We were so free and joyful, humbled and “gaga”—so focused on you. Nothing else really mattered.
Thank you for already clothing us in the wedding-garment of your righteousness, and for loving us right now as much as you ever will. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.