Has God blessed you with the gift of marriage? Because he created it, we know that it is a good thing (Proverbs 18:22), created to bring him glory (Colossians 1:16; Isaiah 43:6-7), and meant to last for a lifetime (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9). Like any relationship, marriage can be hard at times, and it takes a lot of work to live out marriage in a way that honors God. With that in mind, here are 3 prayers for a strong marriage:
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1. A Prayer to Honor God in My Marriage:
Father, help me to remember that I am fully equipped to live out a marriage that honors you. Your Word says, in 2 Peter 1:3-15, your “divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence."
You have promised me that I am – right now – fully equipped to lead the life to which you have called me. Since I am equipped, I know that I must use the resources that you have provided. I have everything I need. Thank you for this reminder! Help me to choose to use the correct resources – your powerful Word, prayer and fellowship with you, worship, and the body of Christ.
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“… help me to remember that I am fully equipped to live out a marriage that honors you.”
Thank you for giving me Your divine power that provides everything I need for life and godliness. Like salvation, all of this was mine when I came to know You (through faith in Christ). Thank you for the privilege of knowing You, the source of all life! Thank you for setting the standard in your Word, for opening my eyes to your truth, for calling me to follow you, and for fully equipping me to do what you have called me to do.
I pray that I would make the studying of your Word my highest priority, so that I might know you and how you think, and that you would renew my mind, that I might have the mind of Christ, have your heart for my spouse, and see my spouse the way that you see him.
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2. A Prayer that We Would Become More Like Christ Through Our Marriage:
Lord, I pray that I would model the life of Christ in my marriage, in my home and to a watching world. Please enable me to be compassionate (Matthew 9:36; 14:14), a servant (Mark 10:45), and selfless. That I would be submissive to your will, even if it’s not an easy choice to make (Matthew 26:39; Luke 2:51), and obedient to your Word (Hebrews 5:8; Hebrews 4:15). That I would be one who is quick to show mercy and forgiveness (Luke 23:34), humble – being quick to ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), and that I would seek to be loving, by looking for ways to show love every day (John 11:5).
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“… enable me to be compassionate, a servant, and selfless.”
I pray that I would be honest and truthful in all things, just as Jesus was (John 14:6) and peaceable, not always having to argue and be proven right. And help me to be patient in the way Jesus was, and in the way you are towards me every day (2 Peter 3:9).
As I seek to model the life of Christ in my marriage, I pray that you would be glorified, and that my spouse would be brought closer to you.
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3. A Prayer for Perseverance in Marriage
Lord, please enable us to persevere in our marriage, and help us to remember that perseverance in marriage is a test of our faith, that my goal should always be to seek to forgive my spouse when he sins against me, and I pray that I would always be quick to repent when I have sinned against my spouse. I pray I would remember that being willing to forgive and work through sin as a couple is proof of authentic faith.
As I focus on the fact that I am fully equipped to live out a marriage that honors you (2 Peter 1:3), take time to soak my mind in your word so that I might have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2; 1 Corinthians 2:16), and seek to model the life of Jesus (Philippians 2), I pray that I would put my hope in you alone (Psalm 62:5), remembering that it’s never too late for you to restore and heal my marriage (Isaiah 43:19; Mathew 19:26) that there is no person or situation that is hopeless or beyond your reach (2 Peter 3:9-3), and that you will enable me to do whatever it takes to have a strong marriage (Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 13:21).
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“… I pray that I would put my hope in you alone, remember that it’s never too late for you to restore and heal my marriage…”
Help me to remember that you are in control, even when it seems like everything is out of control (Proverbs 19:21), that I have nothing to fear (Isaiah 41:10), and that love is a choice, not always a feeling. You have the power and ability to grow or restore the love in my heart for my spouse when it feels like it is gone (Proverbs 28:26; Jeremiah 17:9). All I need to do is ask you to change my heart.
I place my hope in you (Psalm 33:20-22), not in my spouse, because I know that joy, fulfillment, and hope can only come and last when I have found it in you. Help me to help my spouse place his hope in you as well.
Gina Smith and her husband have served on a Christian college campus as the on-campus parents for over 20 years. They have lived on the campus where they homeschooled and raised both of their children. In her spare time she loves to write and recently authored her first book, “Grace Gifts: Practical Ways To Help Your Children Understand God's Grace." She also writes at her personal blog: ginalsmith.com.
This article is part of our Prayers resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray. Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.
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Originally published Tuesday, 29 January 2019.