Wow! Our Daring to Love is gradually coming to a close. I have been so encouraged to walk through this with you all. So far we have:
1. Resolved to say nothing negative
2. Done unexpected gestures of kindness
3. Established rules to “fight by”
4. Prepared a special dinner or “date night”
5. Committed ourselves to love…even if it is one-sided
6. Searched our hearts for wrong doing…and forgiven our spouse for theirs
Two more “dares” to go. And they carry a lot of weight. Hang in there and complete the task at hand. The Lord will bless. He really will.
Dare to Love #7 Building Marriage on Prayer and God’s Word
Do you feel like giving up on your marriage? Jesus says to pray instead of quitting. Are you stressed out and worried? Prayer can bring peace to your storms. Do you need a breakthrough? Prayer will make the difference.
Prayer gives you direction.
Placing all aspects of your marriage under the authority of God’s Word and prayer is the greatest decision for ultimate success in your marriage. – Kendrick, Dare to Love
Read that again and again and again. I would bet my life on this statement. I would.
There is nothing on the face of this earth more powerful than God’s Word, prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believing Christians. God is waiting on you to exercise your faith in Him on behalf of your marriage. Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).
Maybe this is uncomfortable for you. Or you aren’t sure where to start. Here are some tools:
If you want to pray for your spouse and see you prayers answered, ask yourself:
* Is there anything I need to clear up with God?
* Is there anything the matter between others and me?
* Is my heart being honest with God, without selfish or hidden motives?
If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:21-22
Ask your spouse to pray with you. If you’re embarrassed, start simple. Join hands and silently bless a meal. Or offer a simple sentence prayer together. Tell God your concerns and give Him thanks.
A Love Dare #7: Prayer
Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether its in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for his provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.
This topic is very dear to my heart. If you have a testimony of the power of prayer in marriage, please leave a comment. There is no telling how it could encourage another reader.
Also, I feel this dare to be of such great importance, please share it with a friend.
We could certainly stand to prayer together more often. I have friends who have been through major trials in their marriage, and they have certainly benefited from praying together.