By Melody Mason.
I’ve been a hopeless and incurable romantic for as long as I can remember. In fact, I started dreaming about romance and about my knight in shining armor when I was only five years old.
It’s been many years now since I had those first childhood dreams, and I still have yet to see those dreams come true. However, as the years have gone by, I’ve discovered a love beyond any earthly romance.
Let me tell you about my prayers all these years and about the Knight in shining armor that has captured my heart.
I prayed for a man committed to God.
Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).
I prayed for a man who would be a spiritual leader.
Jesus unashamedly declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
I prayed for a man of high standards and integrity.
Others testified, “[He] did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).
I prayed for a man of the Word.
Jesus opened up His arms with love as He whispered, “I am the living Word, and I came to live with you” (John 1:14).
I prayed for a man who knew how to be a servant.
Then I heard others whisper with amazement, “Jesus made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7).
I prayed for a man who was full of spiritual life.
He smiled again: “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
I prayed for a man of faith and prayer.
Then I watched with amazement as He went out and spent all night in prayer—for me (Luke 6:12).
“I know this may be frivolous, God, and it’s a small thing, but could you also send me someone romantic?” I had prayed. “Someone who will do whatever it takes to win my heart?”
Jesus said nothing as He lay down His heavenly honor to come to earth to win my love. Although I doubted His love and resisted His advances at first, He slowly, sweetly, tenderly won my heart. Then He led me to His great banqueting house, and the banner He put over me was love (Song of Sol. 2:4).
Last, but not least, I prayed for a man who would not be afraid of pain or trials.
I realized then that it was He, Jesus, who was carrying my cross and making the ultimate sacrifice of love, not for just anyone, but for me (Matt. 16:24, Heb. 2:9). Tears rolled down my cheeks as I stood in awe. And my heart melted.
Of course, Jesus is not just any man. He is my All in All and so much more! He is the True Love I have yet to fully understand. But I’m looking forward to an eternity of getting to know Him better, for He is the Knight in Shining Armor who has captured my heart.
Melody Mason is coordinator of United in Prayer for the world church.