Marriage Tip: Pray That You Already Know This One
My marriage tip for the day is to pray together. Pretty easy, right? Not so fast my friend. Too many couples do not take the time to simply sit down, kneel down, lay down, stand down, or any other kind of down and pray together. Prayer is at the heart of any healthy, satisfied marriage. Barna has shown through some pretty spectacular research that couples who pray together consistently only have about a 1% divorce rate! This is by far the best thing you could ever do for your marriage and ultimate happiness with each other.
So why is it so difficult to pray together, especially if it is so powerful? I will give you three common reasons couples do not pray together as I’ve experience through our Marriage Restoration Intensive program:
- Couples do not know how to pray together so they get frustrated or intimidated. If you do not know how to pray, you will not be encouraged to pray – especially with your spouse. Prayer is not difficult, but it is extremely intimate. One of the most common mistakes I see in individuals who feel intimidated or weak in their prayer is how they compare themselves to other “more spiritual” people. Do not get in to the compare game. God loves you for you. God did not create you uniquely so you would become more like someone else. God just wants you! Be yourself and don’t worry if your prayer time looks, sounds, feels, and last less/longer than other people you respect spiritually. God loves you unconditionally and just wants your attention. Prayer is a great way to give God attention.
- Couples do not acknowledge the spiritual warfare keeping them from praying together. Satan does not, and I repeat, does not want you to have an active prayer life. Let me expose Satan’s agenda against your prayer life. His basic strategy is to flood your mind with thoughts of insecurity about prayer, resistance about prayer, comparison’s about prayer (i.e. point #1), and confusion about prayer. He wants you to think that you are actually thinking the things he is planting in your head. Be careful. Not every thought you have is actually yours. Some are a specific and detailed attack against you from the evil ones. Do not allow them to impact your thought life and be on guard to reject untrue or false thoughts.
- Couples do not take it seriously enough to make it a priority. They simply do not realize how important prayer is to their marriage, so they do not pray. This is a huge mistake because, when we do not pray, we miss out on the guidance, support, and encouragement of God.
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