A praying couple is as staying couple. This saying or other similar sayings have been said for many years. I think it is the one piece of advice that I have heard most often, but it is one piece of advice that I think I have followed the least. My husband and I don’t often pray together. While that is something I am not proud of, it is also a habit that I often have no idea how to start. This week we are going to look at whether or not this piece of advice is biblical in origin.
While there aren’t many verses that specifically speak of a praying couple, we can conclude from some verses regarding prayer and verses regarding marriage that this concept makes sense. Matthew 19: 4-6 says,
Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
Then we have hundreds, maybe even thousands of verses like Psalm 145:18 which says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”, or verses like Luke 18:1 which says, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” The parable from Luke 18 is in regard to a woman seeking justice and protection from her adversary. This parable is not specifically about marriage, however, I can see some great parallels as marriage seems to face some pretty difficult adversaries. Luke 18:7-8 then goes on to say, “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? We are also told, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.
From this mix mash of verse we can determine that man and woman are joined together by God, that God will bring justice against our adversaries if we are persistent in asking him, and that when two or more are gathered in His name, He will be there. For these reasons it is obvious to me that prayer would be a life giving tool of marriage.
Join us next week as we dig deeper into the concept and application of a prayerful couple.