Making our marriage stronger takes intentionality, and I believe, prayer.
The Bible tells us that two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). We know God’s Word to be true, but if we are human and honest, we will often admit that marriage is hard. It doesn’t always seem like two really are better than one, does it?
Making our marriage stronger takes intentionality, and I believe, prayer. When we are intentionally humbling ourselves and praying for our spouse, our heart grows more soft and pliable. God is able to work in my heart as well as in my spouse.
1. Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Lord, make us STRONG for YOU.
2. Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
Lord, may our delight be in YOU, may we meditate on Your law day and night. When we do so, our marriage and our family will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields FRUIT in its season and whose leaf does not wither.
3. Psalm 37:3
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
Lord, help us to trust You in all things and to do good toward each other. May we treasure faithfulness in our marriage and in our lives.
4. Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Lord, create in both of us a pure heart, seeking You first in all things.
5. Proverbs 24:3-4
"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4
Lord, may our homes be built on YOUR WISDOM.
6. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Lord, we know that two are better than one. This is your design. Help us to truly lift one another up as you have created us to do.
7. Song of Solomon 4:10
“How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!” Song of Solomon 4:10
May we delight in our love for one another.
8. Isaiah 62:5
“As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5
May we rejoice over one another and in turn, rest in the knowledge that You, God, rejoice over us as your children.
9. Romans 15:5-6
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
Lord, may we live together in harmony and unity with one another, that we might glorify You.
10. 1 Corinthians 14:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 14:4-8
Lord, give us YOUR kind of love for our spouse and for our families. Grow us in patience, kindness, honor, service, and may we never keep a record of wrongs. May our love never fail because it is Your love in us.
11. 2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Father God, Your grace is always sufficient. No matter what my spouse and I face tomorrow, Your grace is enough. Your grace sustains. Your grace is sufficient.
12. Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:22-23
God, pour Your Spirit over our home. Fill our home with Your fruit. Grant us more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Fill our home with more of You and less of me.
13. Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Lord, help us to build one another up. Let no corrupt talk come out of our mouths, but only what is useful for building up our spouse. May my words be grace to my spouse.
14. Ephesians 5:21-30
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body." Ephesians 5:21-30
Lord, may we joyfully submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. May we love like Jesus.
15. Ephesians 6:12
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Lord, when we come to places of disagreement, as all marriages encounter, remind us that our enemy is not flesh and blood. Our enemy is not our spouse. We wrestle against the rulers and principalities of evil. Grow us in unity and together in Christ.
16. Philippians 2:3-7
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:3-7
Lord, help us to not do anything out of selfish ambition. Give us humble hearts toward one another, not looking to our own interests, but to the interests of our spouse. Give us the mind of Christ.
17. Colossians 3:13-14
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 3:13-14
Lord, may we never forget that YOU rescued US from the dominion of darkness. May we show that same forgiveness to our spouse!
18. Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
Lord, help us to remember that our only hope is in You. Christ alone. Remind our hearts that everyone around us is human and will let us down, but that we must place our faith and hope in You. Your promises are true and You are faithful God.
19. James 4:8
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
Lord, help us to draw near to You as individuals and as a couple. Help us to come to you daily for confession and cleansing, purify our hearts, Lord.
20. James 5:16
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
God, help us to be faithful to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another regularly. Remind us of the power of our prayers.
Candace Crabtree is just a broken mama thankful for grace and new mercies every morning. She and her husband live in East Tennessee where they homeschool their 3 kids. Candace also enjoys teaching piano, coffee, good books and blogging at His Mercy Is New. On her blog she shares encouragement for weary women from God's Word along with resources for learning to pray the Scriptures.