Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Marriage Prayer Friday!

Sometimes, married people find themselves "unequally yoked" with a spouse whose faith is young, stagnant or even non-existent. It can be a painful and painstaking journey to be united in life and body with someone who doesn't share your heart about God. Today's prayer is for those facing discouragement in this area — those longing for partnership or leadership in faith. Our prayer is based on Ephesians 3:14-21.

Something to pray for your marriage—
HEAVENLY FATHER, I come before you today on behalf of my spouse asking for you to strengthen him/her and our marriage partnership in relation to You. My husband/wife is struggling to see You (or may not even want You). Please soften and strengthen my husband/wife with the power of Your Spirit in his/her inner being so that Christ dwells in his/her heart through growing faith. Help him/her to be rooted in love — to grasp how wide, long, high and deep Your love is. Please purify my own motives in asking you for these things, Lord, because I want my spouse to know Your love that surpasses knowledge. Most of all, I want each of us to be entirely filled up by You and satisfied in You. God, I know that you are able to do even more than I could ask or imagine according to Your power at work in us. So please do a mighty work in my marriage for the glory of Your church and cause the impact of what you do here to affect future generations of my family for ever and ever.

AMEN


Something to pray for a friend's marriage—
HEAVENLY FATHER, I come before you today on behalf of my married friends asking that you strengthen them in their marriage partnerships in relation to You. Some of my friends are married to someone who is struggling to see You (or maybe even to want You). Please soften and strengthen these doubting friends with the power of Your Spirit in their inner beings so that Christ dwells in their hearts through growing faith. Help these men and/or women to be rooted in love — to grasp how wide, long, high and deep Your love is. I want each of my friends to know Your love that surpasses knowledge. Most of all, I want each of them to be entirely filled up by You and satisfied in You. God, I know that you are able to do even more than I could ask or imagine according to Your power at work in us. So please do a mighty work in these marriages on my heart today for the glory of Your church. Cause the impact of what you do in these marriages to affect future generations and families for ever and ever.

AMEN

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