9 Feb


Do you want to be a terrific spouse?  If so, God wants to partner with you—and a big part of that partnership is praying for your mate.

Effective prayer is asking God to do what He already wants to do in your mate’s life.  God delights in answering such prayer, because He wants you both to know Him, to see Him work, and to continue to come to Him.

What would you like to see happen in your relationship?  The Scriptures tell us, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).  “But I’m nobody!” you say.  James would answer, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours: (5:17), and yet his prayers made a drought last for three years (1Kings 17:1).  Go to God repeatedly with your needs and requests, expecting Him to act for your benefit!

One of my habits when I pray over my lunch (whether she’s with me or not) is to also pray for Barbara.  I regularly pray that she will experience God as she goes through the remaining part of her day and that she will grow in faith.  On other occasions, such as before I leave for work, I’ll take her by the hand and bring her and one of her burdens to God in prayer.

Come before God’s throne on your mate’s behalf, requesting a deeper knowledge of God’s love.  Pray for an increased desire to obey and follow Christ.  Ask God to give your mate a growing awareness of the benefits of walking with Him and that faithfulness, contentment, patience, self-control, discipline, and other godly virtues will continue to grow,

Pray for your mate.  They need prayer.  And you and I need the practice.

NOTE:  This article came from “Family life and Marriage Bible” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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