Brothers and sisters in Christ…
Following is an example I wanted to present to you of praying in the Spirit. I have broken it down into its various elements, components. Please don’t make the mistake of viewing this as a format, or template, for prayer. Praying in the Spirit must be very personal in the Presence of the Holy Spirit, and needs to be expressed from the depths of your heart. Otherwise, all is for naught.
Absolute dependence on Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit…come and help me in my human weakness before my Father. I do not know what is necessary in the nature of the case of these souls that I ought to pray for, nor even how to offer my prayer worthily as I ought. And so, I wait on You, Blessed Holy Spirit…to intercede for these souls before my Father on my behalf, with groans and unutterable yearnings too deep for words. And my Father, Who searches my heart, knows what is in Your mind, Blessed Holy Spirit, because You intercede and plead before God on behalf of the saints in accordance with God’s will. You search all things, even the Divine counsels and the limitless depths of God…things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s own spirit within him? In the same way, no one can know the mind and thoughts of God…only You, Spirit of the living God.
Throne of Grace:
Abba Father…I’ve come before Your Throne of Grace in the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus, bearing on my soul the mark of His precious and priceless Blood…His Own Blood, which He poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary. I’ve come for Your mercy…have mercy on me, a sinner; and I’ve come for Your Grace…the Grace I need for today, to walk triumphantly through this day, as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory. And I’ve come on behalf of these souls, to stand before You in the gap on their behalf. Father…pour out Your boundless mercy upon them; pour out Your infinite Grace upon them. Reach out and touch them, in Your compassion and loving-kindness.
In the Name of Jesus:
Father…I’ve come in the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus…not merely as His messenger, or His agent, or as someone sent by Him. No, Father…I stand before You in His Name and in His place…a branch of the Heavenly Vine, joined together with Him in a living union of oneness by virtue of the regeneration wrought in me by Your Blessed Holy Spirit, flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones…to ask You for the same things He would ask You for, and did ask You for, when He walked on the face of this Earth.
Our Lord’s assurances:
Your Divine Son assured me, Father… “If anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.” He told me that I may ask for anything in His Name, and that He Himself would do it, in order that You, Father, would be glorified through the Son. He most solemnly told me, “I tell you the truth, My Father will grant you whatever you ask for in My Name. Until now you have not asked for anything in My Name; ask, and keep on asking, and you will receive, so that your joy will be full and complete!” And He assured me, Father, that I may have this confidence in approaching God: “If you make any request in agreement with My will, I shall hear you. And since you know that I will hear you in whatever you ask, you may be certain, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that I shall grant you the request that is in agreement with My will you have made of Me.”
Appeal: Father, bring Glory to Your Name:
Father…show me Your Glory! Stretch out Your hand to heal, to restore, to deliver, to save…to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus. Father…bring Glory to Your Name, and bring Your blessings and salvation before the souls of men! Manifest Your great Glory; Glorify Your Name in all the Earth! I will proclaim Your Great Name and Your Mighty Power according to all that my eyes shall see. I will not keep silent; I will open my mouth and continually proclaim Your Glory…I will declare Your praises to the ends of the Earth!
Abba Father…whom have I in Heaven but You? And Earth has nothing I desire besides You! Blessed be Your glorious Name…hallowed be Your Name; may Your Name be exalted above all blessing and praise! Oh how I look for, and long for, that glorious coming Day, when Your Divine Son Jesus will come back to this Earth…no longer as the Lamb of God, but this time as the Lion of Judah, clothed in all of His awesome Majesty and Glory and Power, to assume His role and to begin His reign on Earth as the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Let Your Kingdom come, Father…let Your will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven!
Your will on Earth:
Father…I know that Your will is not done on Earth as it is in Heaven…that You have withdrawn the full exercise of Your will, that You have withheld from fully exercising Your will…simply because that is part of Your judgment upon the Earth, and the inhabitants of the Earth, as a result of our sin and rebellion. For You sent Your Light into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds are evil. You sent Your Divine Son Jesus into the world, and although the world was made through Him, they did not recognize Him. He came to His Own people, but they would not receive Him. They rejected the Lordship of Your Divine Son Jesus, preferring instead the lordship of Satan; and so, You have given them over to the desires of their foolish and darkened hearts. And the evil in this world will only, and continually, escalate, until that glorious coming Day when Your Divine Son Jesus comes back to this Earth…no longer as the Lamb of God, but this time as the Lion of Judah…clothed in all of His Majesty and Glory and Power…to assume His role and to begin His reign on Earth as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. In that day, every eye will see Him…even those who pierced Him. And all the peoples of the Earth will mourn because of Him. And all those upon the Earth who never knew Him…the rich as well as the poor; the kings and princes and rulers, as well as their subjects and slaves; the famous and the well known, as well as the unknown and the obscure…these all will run to the hills and to the mountains in abject terror, to hide in caves and to cry out for the rocks to fall upon them…just to hide them from the Face of the Lamb and His terrible Majesty. In that Day, Your Divine Son Jesus will manifest the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God against all those upon the Earth who stand in rebellion against His Throne. And He will destroy all those upon the Earth who are enemies and usurpers of His rule and authority, until He has put every one of His enemies under His feet. Then, in that Day, Your will, Father, will be done on Earth just as it is in Heaven.
Prayer moves the Hand of God:
But until then, Father…I know that prayer moves the Hand of God; that prayer moves You to intervene in the affairs of the world, and to intervene in the lives of souls, to exercise Your will there…the will that You have withheld from fully exercising, that You have withdrawn the full exercise of…to exercise Your will on Earth, just as it is in Heaven. I know that prayer in the Spirit, which is always in agreement with the will of God, does indeed move the hand of God.
Standing in the gap:
And so, Father, I stand before You in the gap on behalf of these souls, to cry out to You on their behalf. Father!…intervene in the lives of these souls, intervene in the affairs of the world, and exercise Your will there, even now, in them, on Earth as it is in Heaven! Father…in Heaven there is no evil, nothing impure, nothing unholy; there are no physical disorders, diseases or illnesses; there is no sadness nor sorrow, no crying or pain; no grief, no loneliness, no brokenhearted. Father…I am appealing to You: exercise that same will in them, on Earth even as it is in Heaven!
Our Father’s assurances:
Abba Father…You assured me, “Call on Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things that you know not.” You told me, “Call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.” Father…You assured me that I may have this confidence in approaching God: “If you make any request in agreement with My will, I shall hear you. And since you know that I will hear you in whatever you ask, you may be certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that I shall grant you the requests that are in agreement with My will you have made of Me.” Father, I am standing before You in the gap on behalf of these souls, to call on You in the day of their trouble, to appeal to You to deliver them and set them free.
Father…I consecrate myself, in the Power of the enabling Grace of Your Holy Spirit, to honor You…to set forth Your praises…to sing forth the honor and Glory of Your Name, and to make Your praise glorious! I will proclaim Your great Name and Your mighty Power, according to all that my eyes shall see! Father…bring Glory to Your Name, and bring Your blessings and Your salvation before the souls of men!
Father…You alone are the Lord, the One True Living God! You made the heavens…even the highest heavens and all their starry host…the Earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, the spirit world and all that is in it. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of Heaven worship You! For by You all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, animate and inanimate…whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities…all things were created by You and for You and for Your Glory.
Abba Father…You are the Sovereign All-Ruler over all things; Sovereign over the heavens, and all that is in it; Sovereign over the Earth, and all that is on it; Sovereign over the spirit world, and all that is in it. And You exercise Your Sovereignty perfectly over all things. You exercise Your Sovereignty immediately, completely and continually over all things, such that nothing takes place on the face of this Earth, nothing takes place in the heavens above, nothing takes place in the spirit world, apart from what You have either Personally caused to happen, or what You have specifically, consciously and deliberately allowed to happen…and all to accomplish Your Own good purpose.
God alone worthy:
You alone are worthy, our Lord and God…the One Who sits on the Throne…to have ascribed unto You ALL Glory and Honor and Power, for You created all things; by Your will they were created and by Your will they have their very being. And to You, Lord Jesus…the Lamb Who sits at the right hand of the Father…Who loves me and gave Your life for me…even unto death, a death on the cross…and Who freed me from my sins by Your Own precious and priceless Blood, and Who made us to be a kingdom and priests, to serve our God and Father…to You alone be ascribed all blessing and honor, Glory and Power, riches and wisdom and strength, for ever and ever, throughout the Eternal Ages!
Appeal: blessing and salvation of souls:
Father…You are glorious in Your Majesty, majestic in Holiness, awesome in Power, our wonder-working God! You do what You will with the powers of Heaven and Earth; You call the things that are not just as though they are. You merely speak, and it is done. The very words You speak carry within themselves the power to effect what You have spoken…immediately, completely, continually. Father, I am asking these things…that You stretch out Your hand to heal, to restore, to deliver, to save, to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus…not only to bring Glory of Your Name, but also for the blessing and the salvation of souls. Father…many souls will be blessed by the word of our testimony…the souls of Your Own people, whose hearts have grown cold…worse yet, even lukewarm…toward You. There will be a remnant of souls, Father, who will turn their hearts back to You…to be true worshipers as You desire, to live wholly in that Sacred Covenant relationship for which purpose You have created us. For their sake…for the sake of this remnant…I ask that You perform these miraculous signs and wonders. And for the sake of the souls who will be saved by the word of our testimony. Father, You were never willing that any of these souls should perish…I am asking you to do these things according to the most intense desire of Your Own heart…that souls would be saved. Father…if only just 10 souls would be saved, would You not stretch out Your hand to perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of Your Divine Son Jesus…just for the sake of the 10 souls that will be saved by the word of our testimony? I know there is rejoicing in Heaven over just 1 soul who comes to salvation!
Father…hear my cry and answer my prayer! I stand before You in the gap on behalf of these souls; I appeal to You, Father…even as Hezekiah did. You told him through Your prophet to prepare to die…that he would not recover from his illness. But Hezekiah appealed to You, Father..You heard his cry and answered his prayer. You sent the same prophet back to tell him, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you, and I will add fifteen years to your life.”
Waiting on God:
I wait before You, Father…to see Your Glory; I wait before You with a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation…more than watchmen wait for the morning; more than watchmen wait for the morning! I entrust these souls into Your hands, for I know in Whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that You are more than able to keep and to guard that which I have entrusted unto You.
January 7, 2021, marks that infamous day when our once great Constitutional Republic…The United States of America; the USA… officially became a Totalitarian Dictatorship…The Autonomous Socialist States of America; the ASSA. We now have a President, a House, and a Senate…all 3 branches of our Government…in the control of a Socialist, Authoritarian regime. God, by His Own Divine purpose and Decree, has destroyed our Nation…and for obvious good reason! We will never be a Constitutional Republic again; we will never have a Constitutional President again. The Socialist, Authoritarian regime that now has control over all 3 branches of our Government will very quickly grant the right to vote to 20+ million illegal aliens in this country, thereby perpetuating their power and control…until the Lord returns.
BREAKING NEWS JUST IN POSTED YESTERDAY, posted by Todd Starnes: Joe Biden is planning to immediately introduce legislation that will legalize 11 million illegal aliens. Mark my words, folks. Republicans will NEVER win another National election. https://www.toddstarnes.com/politics/biden-plans-legislation-to-legalize-11-million-illegal-aliens/?fbclid=IwAR3JM8yrhDdPVvELwREiLu1nZfhe3itSruzmCOqHVoAeb3KbNnWZyg9ozNA
This is by no means a pessimistic outlook that would lead God’s children into deep depression! Not at all! This is recognition of the reality that it is God Himself Who has brought about the destruction of our Nation! God’s determined purpose for our Nation to be destroyed had nothing to do with who ultimately would win this Presidential election. I have written this for 10 months now…If our current President is re-elected, the self-destruction will play out more slowly as it has been doing all along, and if there is a new President, the self-destruction will be immediate and swift. God has determined by His Own Divine decree to destroy our Nation….and for obvious good reason!
The dismantling of our Constitutional Republic continues to escalate exponentially day after day! We are plunging into a deep and very dark abyss in American history, at warp speed! If you still don’t believe that we are now The ASSA…The Autonomous Socialist States of America…a Socialist, Authoritarian Dictatorship…you need to listen to/read the chilling news articles presented below so you can understand and come to grips with where we are in God’s History…the End Times:
- News Article: Here is a picture of what our new Totalitarian Dictatorship looks like playing out, as it seeks to destroy anyone who dares to object. Fox News: Manchin says 14th Amendment ouster should be ‘consideration’ for Sens. Hawley, Cruz. The third section of the amendment states that no lawmaker holding office “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” “That those people should never hold public office, they should never have the public microphone, they should never be allowed to be in a position of power or of decision-making, or purpose, because they’re going to serve themselves,” he said.
- Video Clip: Laura Ingraham: Democrats pushing anti-Trump police state after Capitol riot. https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-pushing-anti-trump-police-035428930.html
Brothers and sisters in Christ…This is where I stand. I don’t know why God has been exhorting me to continually warn the brethren to be prepared with a supply of food and necessities…but I am not giving up my own provisions at this point in time. I am holding on, and I will wait and see what takes place. And so I continue to encourage you…Make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself [refer to https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/02/26/brace-yourself-prepare/]. A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep on going, and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]
The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm. Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by a severe scarcity of goods, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!
You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life. [Phil 2:14-16] We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this!
I still hold to the Spirit’s words of warning: “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things. Ready or not, Nation, here it comes! Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength. Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm! Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.”
But if the watchman sees the danger coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of even one of them, that one will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood. [Ezek 33:6]
Lord God Almighty, as Your watchman I have been solemnly fulfilling the responsibility You have given me in sounding the alarm to warn Your people; there will be no blood on my hands.
We have conveniently chosen to ignore the lessons of God’s judgment of destruction on every great empire throughout history…Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Rome…and now in our present day we have totally forgotten the lessons God has been trying to teach America over the years. Our godlessness has only and continually escalated through the years; we’ve sinned far worse than our ancestors EVER did! We are far more wicked than they EVER were! God has therefore determined by His Own Divine decree to destroy our Nation….and for obvious good reason!
These are the days of the separation of the wheat from the chaff. But also in those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves. They preach prosperity, wealth, and health; good times, and all is well. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of My people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush! They will subtly and cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God, even denying the Sovereign Lord Who bought them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end.
Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and His true way will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies and cunning arguments to get hold of your money. With eyes full of adultery, their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of beguiling and luring unstable people into sin. They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed. But God condemned them long ago, and their eternal misery is on the way.
Even so…The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire. Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord! Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure. So, beloved, since you are expecting these things to happen, be eager to be found by Him at His coming living a pure and blameless life and at peace…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts. Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons. I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing. But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He Who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” [2 Peter 3:3-4, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16; Ezek 12:22-23]
Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity. The Earth also will disclose the blood shed upon her, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been murdered…63 million unborn children slaughtered in cold-blooded murder…and conceal her guilt. They will be brought out for all to see. [Isa 26:20-21] How long, Sovereign Lord, Holy and True, until you judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood? [Rev 6:10] We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
We are in the Last Days; time is moving very quickly, and we are drawing near! God is calling a holy remnant to Himself…to personal revival…a holy remnant of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. God’s holy remnant is called to a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial…to walk along the path that Christ Jesus Personally walked and dedicated for us, and to follow in His footsteps as our forerunner. You cannot become part of My holy remnant without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own. Obedience is what characterizes the life of My child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night. You are called to a life of obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice; rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as evil as worshiping idols. [1 Sam 15:22,23]
Friends, brothers and sisters, this is our Lord’s exhortation…
Arise My bride, and prepare to pray:
- Pray to strengthen the backbone of the Church. The current ongoing persecution of the Church and of Christians is going to escalate exponentially; it is going to get MUCH WORSE.
- Pray for the cleansing of the corruption in the Church. God is going to expose and purge corruption within His Church, and separate the wheat from the chaff…separate His True church from the apostate churches that no longer belong to Him. He is going to expose false prophets and teachers, and wolves dressed in sheep clothing pretending to be shepherds.
Then the king said to his servants, “The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding garment. “Friend,” he asked, “How did you come in here without putting on the appropriate wedding garment?” The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are invited and summoned, but few are chosen.” [Matt 22:8-14]
- Pray for a Great Harvest. It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere. Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere. With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47] “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are already white for harvesting! Even now the reaper draws his wages and is receiving his reward, for he is gathering a crop of fruit unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together. For in this the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled. Other men have labored and you have stepped in to reap the results of their work. [John 4:34-38]
And now, Lord God Almighty… bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6]
Arise My bride, and prepare for battle. There is going to be severe Satanic, demonic attacks against God’s holy remnant of committed, uncompromising, steadfast Christians, pastors, and leaders [not the lukewarm], and against marriages, families, and children in these coming days! There is going to be severe attacks and intense persecution coming from pretending “Christians” within the church, against pastors who preach the uncompromised Word of God. For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something self-pleasing and gratifying, they will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. [2 Tim 4:3-5]
Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. [Rev 12:12]
Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. [Matt 24:36-39, 42-44]
ENDURE TO THE END
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown. Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will make a pillar in the Sanctuary of My God. Never again will you leave it. I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new name.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”