Freedom to Accept Me Spiritually

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Spiritual intimacy in marriage doesn't happen without effort, but neither can it be "programmed." Why not try this talk-prayer exercise with your spouse?

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Teresa and I met with a couple after one of our conferences. Russell and Ann expressed embarrassment and frustration over how little they shared spiritually. Their spiritual oneness consisted of weekly church attendance, sitting in the same pew, and singing from the same hymnal. They had come from different reli­gious traditions and rather than risk controversy or rejection, they avoided discussing anything "spiritual."

I suggested a simple homework assignment. Russell and Ann were to visit quietly for a few min­utes before going to sleep each night that week. After visiting, they were to hold hands and pray silently together for a minute or two. Then, as they each felt more comfort­able, they could say a few sentence prayers about the concerns that were on their heart. Russell and Ann were then to squeeze hands affectionately and go to sleep. The couple agreed to try it.

The next time we saw Russell and Ann, they reported a special close­ness. They said they wanted to continue the "talk-prayer" times as a part of their evening routine. They seemed especially enthused about how much less concerned they were about controversy or conflict. They told us how great peace had come from uniting together in the name of the Lord.

It seemed that calling upon God together, humbling themselves before their Creator, produced in Russell and Ann a sense of freedom and liberty. Teresa and I knew that Russell and Ann's testimony thrilled the heart of the Father. After all, He promised to be with us whenever two or three of us gather in His name.

Spiritual intimacy in marriage doesn't happen without effort, but neither can it be "programmed." Why not try this talk-prayer exercise with your spouse?

In what specific ways will you initiate opportunities for spiritual oneness in your relationship with your spouse?

Lord, might Your Spirit be ever present in our marriage.

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