When we pray together as a couple or family
What keeps tripping up your marriage or your family?
In other words, how does the enemy keep baiting you or your spouse? What behavior is your teen caught up in that causes your stomach to knot up? What conflicts do you face as a blended family?
Bert and I are going to do something we should have been doing years ago to help us have an even better marriage. Starting today, July 5, 2017, we’re committing to praying together every day.
Not that we never pray together, but today we’re choosing to be more committed to doing so on a daily basis. As we gather in Jesus’ name, I especially look forward to experiencing the presence of God each day with my husband, as we practice 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV): “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
While in our Lord’s presence, Bert and I intend to become closer as a couple as we seek God’s direction for each other and for our marriage, and grow together in our relationship with our heavenly Father.
We will also ask God’s help in aiding us to ask each other’s forgiveness for the hurts we’ve caused. We believe that humbling ourselves, not only in God’s presence but in each other’s, will allow the God we both serve to bond us in a way we’ve yet to experience. And during these times of joint prayer regarding those very areas in which we fall short, we know healing will take place.
In addition, each day we will go before God’s throne, lifting up others we care about – and spend time praising and thanking God for Who He is and all He has done.
To those of you who have already been doing this as a couple (or as a family), I envy the years you’ve already grown in Christ (and with each other) as you prayed for each other’s needs, struggles, fears and goals.
For those of you who have not established the habit of praying together, consider petitioning your heavenly Father as a couple or family on a regular basis. And as we remain faithful to enter daily into God’s presence, let’s see how we, our marriages and our families are transformed.
What about you?
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- Are you already praying with your spouse (and family) on a regular basis?
- If so, how has it united you?
- If not, do you plan to begin to do so?
- If that is your plan, what do you hope praying together will achieve for your marriage and family?
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Praying together can also assure that every member of the family is attuned to the wants, needs, and challenges of each other. It can create a special closeness that families today don’t seem to pose as as much.
Dr. David Stoop wrote an article and quoted a result of a study:”when couples prayed together on a daily basis, less than 1% of those couples would end up getting a divorce. The numbers were 1 out of 1156. Pretty amazing when the divorce rate in the general population is reportedly around 50%.” Isn’t that amazing?
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