Do you pray with your spouse? Although there are times when God wants you to rely on Him alone, God has given you someone "with skin on" to pray with you and for you.
In their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you. 2 Corinthians 9:14, NIV
I (Teresa) know God hears me when I pray by and for myself. There are times when I know He wants me to rely on Him alone. But I also know God has given me someone "with skin on" to pray with me and for me.
On an especially hard day, I want David to pray for me. I always feel a lot closer to him when we've prayed. I seem to cope with my situations better when I've had the opportunity to talk to David, and then he leads us in prayer. Our oneness in our home, which comes because we've joined together in prayer, weakens the evil one and his attack on us. When David and I agree together in prayer, I feel I can walk through my trials with the attitude of an overcomer.
God has used our prayer times to help break me of my self-reliance. My tendency is to have an attitude of "I'll take care of it myself, and if it gets really bad, I'll pray." I know this attitude gets me in trouble at times, and I know it's an attitude God has wanted changed. He has used our prayer times to teach me humility and to teach me to be more dependent on Him on a moment-by-moment basis.
God has also used our times of prayer to draw my husband and me closer spiritually and emotionally. David has told me that he's particularly blessed when I ask him to pray with me and for me. He said it meets his "need to be needed" and draws us even closer together.
What specifically would you like your spouse to pray for when you get together to pray today?
Father, thank You for giving me someone with skin on to pray on my behalf.