Last week we looked at whether or not statements like “A Praying Couple is a Staying Couple” were biblical. This week we are going to look at why and how praying together would be beneficial. Let’s start with Mark 10 verse 9 which says, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” This verse is in reference to marriage. It clearly tells us that God has joined man and woman together, and that no one is to separate that God-given knitting together of two hearts.
This separation, while often times influenced by outside sources, is ultimately decided by one or both of the two individuals involved in the union. Therefore, it is the duty and responsibility of the husband and wife to be doing all that they can to prevent separation. Psalm 107:28-30 says, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.” How many times do our marriages face trouble, how many storms and turbulent waters do we go through? These verses tell us that a cry to the Lord in trouble is enough for him to make the storm be still.
Matthew 21:22 says, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” A husband and wife who are prayerful together will not only be seeking the Lord’s will and help in their lives which will in turn strengthen each of their relationships with Christ, but they will also be exercising and growing their faith. There are times when it is difficult to believe in God’s power on your own, but when two of your are gathered together believing on the same loving, merciful, and gracious God, your faith has the opportunity to build off and grow with the the faith of your partner. This building will in turn also allow you to continue the journey of equal yoking as referenced in 2 Corinthians 6:14. If you want a man who is strong in the Lord ladies, then get involved in the building of his faith.
Finally, while there are many, many more verses regarding the blessings of a prayerful life I would like to share Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Our prayers in our marriage allow for the peace of God to guard our hearts and minds. A strong Christian couple can be such a powerful testimony of God’s love for his people. Our testimony in marriage, is only as strong as our relationship to Christ. When husband and wife actively pursue God’s will in their marriage through prayer they allow God the opportunity to shield their hearts and minds from the many pitfalls that Satan throws at marriage. They allow God to build their faith and their testimony to further serve His purpose.