There are few relationships more important than that of a husband and wife. When a marriage is strong, the couple has great joy. They are to walk through trials and difficulties together. They parent more effectively and the children feel more secure. And most importantly, God is honored.
On the other hand, when a couple is struggling, conflict consistently happens, children lack stability, and the couple has a distinct lack of happiness. Pastor Adrian Rogers said:
"Many couples today do not have a magnificent marriage. Many do not even have a mediocre marriage. In fact, many have a miserable marriage. And the devil knows that if he can hurt us at home, he can hurt us everywhere — in the church, in the school, in society, and in the nation. So Satan levels his biggest artillery at our homes."
This is why prayer for marriage is so critical. God loves marriage and wants to help couples thrive. He responds to prayers for marriage, giving the couple grace to love one another and honor Him.
It is a beautiful thing when couples are united. When a husband and wife are in step with one another, pursuing God and pursuing one another, the marriage is strong and the Lord is glorified. In Psalm 133:1 David wrote,
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Conflict tears a couple apart and drives a wedge into the relationship. The good news is that God wants to help you and your spouse have great unity. Pastor Adrian Rogers said:
"Happiness and joy in life come about not because we are so wonderful. Frankly, the only good thing about any of us is the grace of God. Were it not for His grace, my marriage would not have lasted. The reason it did is Jesus."
Lord, please help me to be united with my spouse. Help me to be at peace with them. When we are united, it brings you honor and it fills our marriage with happiness. Give us the peace and unity that only you can provide.
So often, a lack of unity is the result of selfishness and pride. When I only care about what I want, it causes me to disregard the desires of my spouse. When I am proud, I don’t listen to what my spouse has to say. Please help me to be a servant and to even prioritize the desires of my spouse. Help me to be humble and not to think of myself too highly. Help me be like Jesus, who humbly laid down His life to save me.
Apart from you, we can’t have true unity in our marriage. But with your help and power, I know that we can walk together, united in love for one another.
In Jesus' name, amen.
God loves to bless His children and give them good things. This doesn’t mean you won’t struggle or deal with trials. But just like a father loves to give presents to his children, so God loves to bless His own.
In Matthew 7:11, Jesus said,
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
God is eager and ready to bless your marriage. All you need to do is ask Him. Go before your heavenly Father and ask Him to pour out His richest blessing on your marriage.
Father, I thank you that I am your child. Thank you for bringing me into your family and for adopting me as your own. I know that you love me and my spouse and that you love to bless us. I also know that you love marriage and take great joy in strong marriages.
I ask your richest blessing on our marriage. First and foremost, give us the blessing of love for one another. Help us always delight in each other and fill our relationship with your divine love. Please bless us by meeting all our needs - physical, emotional, and spiritual. Bless us with friends who will encourage us and point us back to you. Bless us with your presence so that we grow deeper in our understanding of and love for you.
Because you are a good Father, I am confident that you will answer these prayers for blessing. I rejoice in advance and thank you for your constant goodness.
In Jesus' name, amen.
In this post, we’re going to look at what God’s word has to say about the family. When you understand God’s truth and apply it within your family, you will see an amazing transformation.
A healthy marriage is one in which the husband and wife share deep intimacy with each other. They know each other on every level: physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental. When intimacy is present, the husband and wife are joined together with an almost unbreakable bond.
Genesis 2:24 describes the marital relationship like this: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Speaking of the beauty of intimacy, Pastor Adrian Rogers said:
"There on a mountain top is a little stream that begins to trickle down. On a distant mountain, another spring bubbles and forms a second spring and it begins to trickle down. Now each stream takes a unique course as it comes down the mountainside. And when these two streams meet and the water intermingles, they become one stream. That is like marriage."
You can pray for intimacy confidently, knowing that God wants to give it to you and your spouse.
Father, thank you for my spouse. You designed them for me and me for them. You have brought us together in a sacred union, creating one flesh out of two. Our relationship is intended to be a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the church.
Please bless me and my spouse with the gift of intimacy. Help us to grow close so that we may share our hearts. Help us know each other emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Help us bear each other’s burdens and love each other fully.
I know that there is perfect intimacy between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Please bless us with that gift as well.
In Jesus' name, amen.
There may come a time when a wedge is driven between you and your spouse. Maybe it’s the result of something big. Maybe it’s the product of a thousand little things that have added up over time.
Whatever the case, when that happens restoration is needed. God must give you and your spouse the grace to love one another, forgive wrongs that have been done, and restore your relationship in full.
If this describes your marriage, take heart. When God restores relationships, it shows how great His power is. If you ask Him, He will begin to work in your marriage.
Father, I know that you are committed to helping me and my spouse. I know that you have restored countless marriages over the years. And I know that you can help me and my spouse come back together and be fully restored.
Please bring about the restoration that we need. Help us to forgive one another and be patient with each other’s weaknesses. Help us to appreciate one another more than we criticize. Help us to not hold onto grudges.
We are weak, but you are strong. We can’t achieve these things on our own, but with your power all things are possible. Through Jesus, you healed my relationship with you. You can certainly heal my relationship with my spouse.
In Jesus name, amen.
You and your spouse will have to make countless decisions throughout your marriage. Should we buy a house? Should we move? When should we have children? Where should those children go to school? On and on it goes.
You and your spouse need wisdom in order to make good decisions. You need God to guide your steps and lead you on His path.
In James 1:5, God promises to give wisdom to all who ask: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
In light of this scripture, ask God to provide His wisdom to you and your spouse.
Father, we need your wisdom in our decision making. There are too many factors at play and too many variables for us to always know the best decision. Because we are finite, we don’t know the future and all that may occur.
But you know no such limitations. You know all things. You see the end from the beginning. You know exactly where we should go and what we should do. And you promise beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will liberally give wisdom to all who ask.
Supply us with your divine wisdom today. Help us make decisions that will honor you and bless others. Keep us from foolishness and protect us from our weaknesses. I thank you that you will do these things.
In Jesus' name, amen.
If you consistently pray for your marriage, you will see God do absolutely amazing things. The unity between you and your spouse will deepen. You’ll experience God’s unique blessings and you and your spouse will grow more intimate. Brokenness will be replaced by restoration and your decisions will be guided by the wisdom of God.
So bring your prayers for marriage before the Lord, expecting Him to do great things.