13 Mar Prayer In Marriage
The Color of Marriage Devotional
Today’s Devotion – PRAYER IN MARRIAGE
Do you and your spouse pray in your marriage on a regular basis? Now, this question is not being brought up as a means to generate feelings of guilt, even though they may come. Instead, the focus of this question is to draw attention to the importance of prayer in marriage, so that you might find an interest and a need for prayer in your marriage. So, let’s get started.
First and foremost, prayer allows you to invite God into your marriage. Now, you might say God’s already in my marriage; why do I need to invite Him in? I’ll tell you why. God can only be fully engaged in your marriage when you invite Him in through prayer. God is not going to just come into your marriage and start making changes unless you, your spouse, or someone else makes a request for Him to do so. This is why you should obey the instructions that are given in various passages of scripture that direct you to talk to God (pray) about your concerns, your gratitude, and your praise and adoration towards Him for who He is and what He has done and will do for you.
I remember, some time ago, being prompted by God to pray for my brother-in-law concerning employment. I was confused and asked God why I needed to pray for him since He (God) already knew what was going on with my brother-in-law. God responded back to me by saying my prayer would be the very thing that would open the door to allow Him (God) to start working on the behalf of my brother-in-law concerning employment. Am I saying that God is powerless to do anything in anyone’s life without prayer? Not at all, God can do whatever He wants without our permission.
What I am saying is that God has given us (humans) the freedom to make our own decisions. We can choose to follow His will or to follow our own will. Since this is the case, God has made the decision not to intrude in the private and public matters of our lives, even though He has the ability to do so. Because of this, God will not come in and change the circumstances or conditions of our lives, without a request via prayer. This prayer does not have to be made personally by you, anyone can pray on your behalf, just as God had me do for my brother-in-law. This type of prayer is called intercessory prayer where you intercede for someone, or someone intercedes for you.
Prayer is nothing more than you talking to God or someone else talking to God on your behalf, so that He can be invited in to do whatever work needs to be done in your life, including your marriage. This is how God is invited into your marriage to help you resolve the conflicts and challenges that you are having or will have in your marriage. The good thing about being a believer, someone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit that dwells within you will intercede for you by praying for things that you may not know to pray for. Praise God for that.
Prayer in marriage is the best way to invite God into your marriage so that he can become fully engaged in helping you and your spouse live out His plan for marriage. It also allows God to bring you and your spouse solutions to your ongoing conflicts and challenges. As well, prayer in marriage puts God’s shield of protection around your marriage. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have trouble in your marriage, but it does mean that you will have help to understand, avoid, or work through the conflicts and challenges of your marriage that you will have.
In closing, make sure that you pray for the concerns of your marriage regularly, especially if you are not doing so already. This includes praying for your spouse, children, or anything that’s connected to your marriage. God wants to be a fully functioning part of your marriage, so make sure that you are not doing anything that will cause Him not to hear your prayers.
Key Marriage Scriptures for today’s devotion:
Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Jeremiah 29:13, Luke 18:1-8, John 9:31, John 15:7, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 4:30, Philippians 4:6-7, Hebrews 4:16, James 1:5-8, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 Peter 3:7, 1 Peter 3:12, & 1 Peter 5:7
Next steps to take:
You and your spouse should practice the content of today’s devotion regularly. Read the key marriage scriptures and follow the instructions that are given. Keep a prayer journal (you can use one of our journals), so that you can remember what you prayed for and how God answered your prayer. Set a daily, weekly, or any other regular time to pray with your spouse concerning the matters of your marriage and life. Lastly, look up other passages of scripture related to prayer and follow the instructions that are given in each passage of scripture.
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