Monday, January 2, 2017

Marriage Monday - Start the New Year Right

One of the most important and powerful things a couple can do is to pray for one another.  When things are going well, what a blessing to thank the Lord for.  When challenges come, praying for one another keeps bitterness at bay and restores the love first in the heart, then loving actions flow out. When we want to change them, and nothing works(!), God can do a work in marriages and hearts.
This is a powerful investment to pray for our spouse and a New Year is the perfect time to begin.  Here are some sample prayers. 

A Prayer for My Husband

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this wonderful gift of a husband, companion and friend. Remind me to celebrate his achievements, and to turn my focus away from his faults.

Equip me to be the help meet you have called me to be, and the friend my husband needs me to be.

Help me to recognize his efforts, his courage, his strength, and to sing his praises in a way that brings honor to him and to our marriage.

Lead me to love. Teach me to speak kindly when I’m frustrated, and to respect him as the head of our home.

Show me the ways that I might encourage and support Him to be the man you have called him to be.

In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

A Prayer for My Wife

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this gracious gift of a wife, companion and friend. May I celebrate her achievements, and turn my focus away from her faults.

Teach me to love, honor, and cherish my wife as Christ loved and gave Himself up for us. Give me the courage to protect her, and the wisdom to lead.

Help me to recognize her efforts, her courage, her strengths, and to sing her praises in a way that bring honor to her and our marriage. Lead me to love.

Remind me to pray for her daily, that she might grow strong in Your grace.

In the name of Jesus I pray Amen.

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