What happens when couples pray together?
Marriage takes work! When a man and woman from two different backgrounds come together to live, there are challenges. One was raised one way, and the other was raised another way. What may have been common in your household, may not have been common in your spouse’ s household. Issues and situations often arise that you never would have imagined. Children come on the scene and add lots of joy, but at the same time lots of reasons to pray. We have heard that, “Prayer changes things” and that “Acouple who prays together stays together” however, many still do not pray. The question for this week is, “How many of us are really praying together on a regular basis?”
Some years ago, thousands of christian couples were surveyed on the issue of praying together. The survey revealed that less than 8% of christian couples pray together on a regular basis. This is a very low percentage. I am not sure what the survey would reveal today, but each of us should examine our own marriages. When was the last time you and your spouse prayed together? Is prayer a priority? Do you wait until there is a crisis or do you consistently communicate to the Lord? Prayer is very important and very beneficial to a marital relationship.
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” These words are in red therefore, Jesus is speaking and letting us know that if we would just come together to pray, He will be in the midst. He hears, sees and will make a difference in us and our situation.
Great things happen when couples pray together. Here are 10 reasons why every husband and wife should pray together on a regular basis.
Prayer . . .
- Invites God into the relationship
- Strengthens the bonds of marriage
- Promotes emotional intimacy and encourages unity
- Gives hope, changes people, situations and marriages
- Softens anger, releases your deepest hurts and gives you a forgiving heart towards each other
- Demonstrates your commitment to God and brings you closer to God
- Helps to influence your thoughts and your actions
- Helps you to hear and understand the heart of your spouse
- Humbles you before God, it’s an act of surrender
- Removes selfishness and breeds appreciation
Yes, we can all pray individually, but there is something more powerful about a husband and a wife coming together to pray. If you live in the D.C., Maryland or Virginia area, I invite you and your spouse to a night of prayer for marriages on Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 PM. It will be one of the best dates you have ever had! This event is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Couples Ministry (3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD) . I would love to see you there!
Until next week . . .