Want to do something AMAZING for your marriage? Pray . . . together.
John and I started praying together about four years ago. We thought we were doing fine as a couple until my old boyfriend contacted me over the Internet. I really struggled with all the emotions over that past relationship, and I asked my husband to pray for me. He did. Aloud. Holding my hands. His face next to mine. It was intimate, beautiful.
Right away I felt the power of those prayers. I felt peace and comfort. I felt empowered to do the right thing. More than that, I felt my husband’s love as I heard him lifting my needs before God.
During the next couple of weeks John prayed for me every morning before he left for work. Soon, I joined in and started praying for him. It’s something we still do each morning.
As I hold John’s hands and rest my cheek on his shoulder, I pray for his safety as he drives to work, for his work day, for his interaction with this co-workers. I also pray that God will strengthen our marriage. He prays for my needs, too.
Our praying lasts 3 – 4 minutes, but it really sets us off in a good place for the day. It’s one of my day’s highlights!
Praying together is also a good way to communicate, not only to God . . . but with each other. After all, that one question, “What can I pray for you about?” opens up all types of hidden worries, fears and concerns. These are things we continue to talk about and pray about through the week. Together.