Friday, July 22, 2011

It's "Marriage Prayer Friday!"

Let's kick off a great weekend by praying humbly for marriage!

A prayer for your own marriage—

LORD GOD, there are areas of pride in my life and marriage that need breaking. I am painfully aware that there are certain things that need changing in me but I know there are some areas where I am blind to my own sin. Help me to be receptive to Your correction, even when it comes through the voice of someone else like my spouse. I want to be a husband/wife who is growing and teachable in my marriage relationship not someone who is defensive and easily wounded. I also need Your help to be a compassionate partner who shares my needs, ideas and dreams with Your patience and grace. Shut my mouth and open my ears to hear what my husband/wife is trying to say about his/her wants, needs, ideas and dreams. Encourage us, Lord Jesus. We need to know again that you love us and delight in us as individuals and as a couple. Please reassure us that we can always rest in Your grace and presence despite any ugly moment or season. God, You know where breakthrough is needed. For Your glory, please heal, restore and grow us! I pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN


Something to pray for a friend's marriage—

LORD GOD, as I pray for the marriages of people I care about today, I am asking for your intervention in the area of pride. I am asking for a new release of Your power to break any grip of pride. There are usually some painful areas where things need to change or grow in every marriage, Lord. Help my friends to be receptive to Your correction, even when it comes through the voice of someone else like their spouse. Give them a desire to be husbands and wives who are growing and teachable in their marriage relationship not spouses who are defensive and easily wounded. Also, help them to be compassionate partners who share their needs, ideas and dreams with Your patience and grace. Shut their mouths and open their ears to hear each other. Encourage them, Lord Jesus. They need to know again that you love them and delight in them as individuals and as a couple. Please reassure them that they can always rest in Your grace and presence despite any ugly moment or season. God, You know where breakthrough is needed. For Your glory, please heal, restore and grow these marriages I name before you today! I pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN

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