Do you and your spouse pray together? Want to get started in a new daily routine for the new year? We’ve compiled a list of important reasons why you and your spouse should be incorporating daily prayer into your marriage, right now.
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1. PRAYER CONNECTS US ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL.
Praying together is a great way for you and your spouse to connect on a spiritual level. Communicating about prayer and deciding where you want to focus your prayers is also a way the two of you can work to prioritize the issues you’re most concerned about solving.
Marriage is about our multifaceted connection to one another. Being connected on a physical and emotional level is a wonderful part of marriage. But adding that spiritual component, if you haven’t already, takes your relationship to an entirely new level.
2. PRAYER HELPS US TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
When we pray, we’re more likely to focus on what we’re thankful for. Thanking God for our blessings helps us to focus on all the good things we have in life. Gratitude can make us happier and healthier, so it’s a practice we should all be incorporating into our daily lives, as well as our prayer routines.
Couples that practice gratitude can also work together to cultivate contentment in their everyday lives. Gratitude helps to combat the very human urge to “keep up with the Joneses”, and instead gives us the tools we need to recognize what we have and be grateful for it.
3. PRAYER GIVES US HOPE IN DIFFICULT TIMES.
When times are hard, going to God in prayer can help give us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life can be difficult, and sometimes, it’s hard to see the end of a tough situation. Prayer sustains us and gets us through those uncertain times, helping us to cultivate faith that everything will work together for good.
4. PRAYER HELPS US RECOGNIZE AND RELEASE WHAT WE CAN’T CONTROL.
Daily prayer helps us to recognize and release the things in our lives that we can’t control. Releasing what we can’t control, in turn, helps us to focus on the things that we can improve and take charge of. All of us humans struggle with the desire to understand what’s going on around us and predict what will happen next. But life doesn’t work that way.
Trusting God with our lives, even when we crave knowing what comes next, helps us surrender to a power greater than ourselves. Praying together keeps this truth in perspective, and allows us to help one another trust that God has our best interest at heart.
5. PRAYER CULTIVATES PEACE.
Prayer helps us cultivate peace like nothing else. Putting our faith and trust in God–together–can lead us to an inner calm that sustains us through good times and bad. If you and your spouse want to bring more peace into your lives–in your marriage and in your own hearts as individuals–then praying together every day is an absolute must.
Need help creating your daily prayer routine?
To get started praying together every day, creating a routine is critical. Journaling, reading scripture, or following along in a daily devotional are all great options for starting your prayer journey together.
If you’d like a long-term roadmap to more prayer as a couple, take a look at our One Year Love Talk Devotional. It contains 365 days’ worth of wisdom and insights for applying biblical principles to your marriage. Each day, its daily readings focus on God’s love for us, and how to love each other better. Check it out here.
I encourage you to contact Pastor John for additional marriage or family support.
May God bless you and your family!