31 Days of Marriage Prayers
When I was a teenager, both my sister and I started a “hope chest.” Every so often we’d fill it with hand-me-downs in hopes that one day we’d carry this treasure into a home we’d each call our own. I think I had a few pots, some old china, a stack of recipe cards, and a blanket in there.
Eventually I did get married. The contents of the box were carefully unpacked along with the new towels, cuttlery, and bedding we purchased. But there was something missing in that box, in fact I didn’t unpack this treasure until years later when I realized that prayer is the most valuable gem that a marriage could ever possess.
Effectual Fervent Prayer
Sure I bowed my head and said thanks for my food. I even thanked God for my husband and home. But I was missing out on the power of fervent prayer.
James 5:16 tells us, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Do you see that word “fervent” there? That means that we’re going to be enthusiastic about prayer. That tells me that prayer is something we’re looking forward to. That says, I’m excited about praying for my marriage and I’m not going to give up on this man (or for you guys who are joining us – I’m not giving up on this woman).
Sometimes I ask my kids to check if the water is boiling on the stove. They’ll often say, “I’m not sure. I see some bubbles coming up.”
Here’s my answer to them, “When it’s boiling, you’ll know it’s boiling. There’s no mistaking it.”
Let’s be that fervent when it comes to our prayer life. Let there be no mistaking the fact that you’ve brought your marriage before God and placed it at the foot of His throne.
Get down on your knees if you want to or stand up with your hands raised to God. Whatever you say, and however you pray, do it with all of your might. Pour yourself out to God and let His Spirit pour back into you.
Prayer is effective. And if you are walking in a right relationship with God, it’s all the more effective. Be cautious of this as Psalm 66:18 warns, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayer.”
Building a Hedge of Protection
I’ve read your comments this week. I’ve seen how many marriages are under attack from the enemy. And I’ve felt the discouragement in your words.
Don’t let the enemy get his foot in the door. And if he does have a foot in the door? The Bible tells us to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). Start eliminating each and every one of those negative thoughts as you turn your focus to God.
Bring your husband before God praying for each and every burden you carry, then trust that He will do a work in your marriage.
Pray for a hedge of protection around your marriage and keep praying for that day after day.
Psalm 91:9-11 tells us, “If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
And if you’re marriage is good. Praise God. But remember this truth,
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” – 1 Peter 5:8
We’re told in Job 1:10 that Job had a hedge of protection, but Satan desired to test him. Your marriage could be tested at any time which is why fervent prayer is the most important thing you can unpack in your marriage.
If you have a copy of my book, Messy Beautiful Love, I encourage you to dig into chapter one where I talk about the struggles I’ve faced in my own marriage and how the power of grace restored us to where we are now.
Chime in: Do you have any special ideas that you’re implementing with this challenge? For example, some are joining in with a friend, others are praying for their husband, and some are leaving prayer cards out for their husbands to pick up. If you have any ideas to share, we’d love to hear them. Or, just leave us a comment so we know that you’re listening in. Click here to comment.
Until tomorrow… Let’s pray!
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
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