PRAY FOR YOUR MARRIAGE

We make 20 years in November!

Marriage has been extremely difficult for Dan and I and we have struggled over the last 19 years. Sadly, we have come close to getting a divorce. But God stepped in recently and saved our marriage!

We have been though many difficult years of marriage. We went to many different counselors but it didn't seem to help, but we were headed for destruction. All we seemed to do was point our finger at the other person. But in April 2018, we joined Re/engage  through our local church and it has  completely turned our marriage around!

Each week, the leaders walked us through what God says about our marriage and focused on our relationship with the Lord. We had to come clean with ourselves and our spouse. We had to "stay in our own circle" and admit that "I am the biggest problem in my marriage." This class gave us the tools we so desperately needed to use in our marriage.

God put us in an amazing group with 4 other couples and I can't tell you how much of a blessing they have been in our lives! The Bible clearly says that we are to be in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Dan and I had never followed that advice before, but I can honestly say, that has been the most encouraging and rewarding blessing of all!

I highly recommend joining a Re/engage group near you. Whether you rate you marriage a 2 or a 9 on a scale of 0-10, I promise you won't be disappointed!  You must first start in the open group, but I encourage you to get enveloped in a small/closed group as soon as possible!

If you just feel like you need to pray and seek God in your marriage, I wrote weekly prayers that coincide with the Re/engage book. I encourage you to download them and pray these prayers over your marriage each week as you go though your Re/engage book together or on your own. Or, if Re/engage is not available in your town, ask your church what marriage classes or counseling help that they provide and commit to working through your issues. Remember, "I am the biggest problem in my marriage" and divorce is never an option!

Last tip: Pray together daily! God can soften your hearts and He can restore your marriage! I promise, we are living proof of this!  When we spend time with the Lord together, it draws us closer and we find hope and the strength we need to fight this ongoing battle against the evil one!

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Marriage Prayer Points

As I stated above, our marriage has not been very easy for us the past 18 years. There are days that we struggle and want to walk out, but I continue to pray that God will heal us both completely. We live in a broken world and we are both broken people. It's not just one of us, but it is both of us. Fortunately, we are both committed and will not give up. I believe God has great plans for our marriage and that He will use our mess for His kingdom and His glory someday. But like I mentioned, the most important thing you can do is pray for your marriage.

Here are some pray points to start your conversations with God today:

  • Pray that you can except your husband/wife for who he is, you can't change him/her!

  • Be respectful to your husband and love your wife as Christ loved the church.

  • Pray that God will protect your marriage during the different seasons of life.

  • Pray for honesty in your marriage.

  • Pray for wisdom for being the godly wife/husband that God designed you to be.

  • Pray that you can treat your husband/wife with love and respect.

  • Pray that each of you would avoid tempting situations and only have eyes for one another.

  • Pray that your marriage will be fun and enjoyable.

  • Pray that you both stay committed to that covenant that you made before God.

  • Pray that it will never be hard to say "Will you forgive me for..."  and "I'm sorry, I was wrong," when you've hurt the other person.

  • Pray that God will help you to hold your tongue when he's driving or in other situations. (I'm really bad at this one!!)

  • Thank God for your husband and your family everyday! He/She is a gift to you from God.

  • Pray that you can be an encouragement to your husband/wife.

  • Pray that you can love him/her the way that God loves you...unconditionally.

I will be praying for your marriage. Please send me prayer requests for the prayer wall or anything that we can pray for you privately as well.

Many Blessings!

 Jen

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