Welcome to the March edition of Marriage Monday. Today, our group topic is "Prayer in Marriage." Please join over at Chrysalis to share in this interesting topic! Thanks E-Mom for being such a gracious and fun hostess today!
"Man was created for the purpose of knowing and loving God. Because we alone are made in His image, we have the privilege of prayer. No other part of creation has that ability...not the tallest tree, the greatest mountain, or the clearest glacier can speak His name. When you express adoration to God, you are living out the evidence that you are different from everything else in the universe that He has made. (by Billie Hanks)
After a long difficult day, my husband and I got ready for bed. As we were lying in bed, I gently reached over, took his hand and asked him to pray. I needed to hear him ask God for wisdom for a situation we were facing. No matter what we have faced or will in our future, this is still one of the most effective and sacred thing we can do as couple.
There are so many reasons I could list on why prayer is one of greatest keys to a marriage that brings glory and honor to the Lord.
For the sake of time, I will share just a few benefits of prayer together that we have found to be true in our marriage.
♥ When we pray together we acknowledge that we totally depend on God rather then each other.
♥ Prayer is vital in building trust. As we pray, we become vulnerable, and accountable to one another.
♥ There is a special intimacy only experienced when we join our hearts and hands together before the Lord in prayer.
♥ Prayer enriches and strengthens our marriage partnership.
♥ There is no greater comfort or assurance then to hear the voice of my spouse praying for me.
For some of you this may not come so easy. I would recommend making time, even if it is a little awkward or uncomfortable at first to pray with and for each other. In time, you will be able to express your prayers more freely. It does not have to be long, just heartfelt words that show you care and are committing your spouse and you to the Lord. You can begin today; just take it one-step at a time! If your husband is not willing, then ask him if you can pray for him aloud. This is something I believe your husband will enjoy.
Prayer is so powerful.
One of my favorite scriptures that come to mind when I think of the unity found in prayer is Ecc. 4:9-12. (I’ve always loved the symbol used for our Marriage Monday button!)
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!