9 Incredible Benefits of Praying With Your Spouse

BY: - 23 Apr '18 | Faith

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Prayer is deeply personal. For many of us, it is a time where we lay our hearts bare before God in an attempt to draw closer to Him. As a result, it’s not always a space we wish to invite others into. In marriage, however, there should be times where you and your spouse petition God together. The list of benefits of praying with your spouse is long because even though it’s a deeply personal time, there’s a point to prayer. You get something out of it. When praying with your spouse, you get something out of it together.

Let’s dive in.

Vulnerable Together

When you pray, it’s an opportunity to be vulnerable to the core. In your vulnerability with God, you share the things you fear most and seek His guidance. When praying together, your spouse gets to be a part of that. As a result, they get to share your fears and be an instrument of God’s peace.

Mourn Together

Taking your pain to God is a big part of prayer. By including your spouse in the process, they learn the things that hurt you most and are able to share in your mourning.

Rejoice Together

When God answers prayer, you rejoice. Rejoicing with your spouse who has been on the spiritual battlefield with you makes God’s answer even more precious.

Need Together

As a married couple, your relationship and life overall are full of needs and desires. When you go before God to express those needs as one, you walk away as a chord of three strands.

Speak Together

The lines of communication get busted wide open when you pray with your spouse. After sharing your heart with God, you and your spouse are able to talk to one another about the things that matter most. Your conversations get to move beyond the surface into a realm where only you two and God reside.

Be Intimate Together

There’s no getting vulnerable and humble without developing intimacy. Whether it’s spiritual intimacy, emotional intimacy, sexual intimacy, or all of the above, prayer will enhance it when the two of you walk and talk with God as a couple.

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Faithful Together

That prayer strengthens your faith is commonly accepted. But individually, we can grow weak and weary when attacks on our faith keep coming. Having your spouse in the midst of your prayers helps you two to face your weaknesses together and build your faith.

Fight Together

The Bible tells us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. You know that a lion likes to separate the weak from the pack. When you and your spouse pray together, you also fight together. By staying by each other’s side in the spiritual battle, you help to keep each other vibrant and alive for God and His work. You also serve as God’s instrument of protection for your marriage and your family.

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Unite Together

“What God has joined together, let no one separate.” This scripture from Mark 10:9 provides the ultimate look into the power of praying with your spouse. It is a scripture often read at wedding ceremonies. Unfortunately, it’s the only time many married couples face God together. But it wasn’t intended to be that way. By praying together,  you ensure that no matter who or what comes your way, God’s favor will remain with you. Prayer unites your hearts, your minds, your souls, and your strength. When you and your spouse are united through God, your marriage will remain as strong as He intended.

Yes, there are so many benefits of praying with your spouse. But this is not an exhaustive list. If you want your marriage to succeed but you struggle with the idea of praying with your spouse, find a reason that works for you. Prayer is powerful, but praying with your spouse is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.

BMWK, are you praying with your spouse?

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Joann Fisher wrote 154 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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15 Scriptures That Turn a Bad Day Good

BY: - 2 May '18 | Faith

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Some days are just hard. You and your husband don’t see eye to eye on breakfast. Your kids want to wear their torn, grease-stained shirt to school…again. The car won’t start and when it finally does, traffic is backed up for miles and you are 3 minutes away from work. Some days are just bad. On those days, God helps me make it through with a scripture that’s right on time. If you are having one of those days, here are some scriptures to pull you through the madness.

Joy

Isaiah 12: 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

Romans15:13 May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 35:10 Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

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Peace

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Strength

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Love

Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Faith

Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

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Some days are just bad. But scriptures like these keep the good vibes coming. Allow them to wash over your spirit and cleanse your heart when the going gets tough. Remember to take heart because you are not alone. So when a bad day comes, apply these scriptures to your wounded heart and allow your spirit to be comforted.

BMWK, what scriptures do you keep in your back pocket to turn around a bad day?

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Joann Fisher wrote 154 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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