By Jennifer Waddle, Crosswalk.com
Hope. It’s what we all need more of these days, not only in our personal lives but in our marriages as well. To hope means to want something to happen or something to be true. So, let me ask you this: What do you want to happen in your marriage? What do you want to be true?
Today, I encourage every married couple to pray these life-giving, hope-filled prayers to the God who hears. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Trust in the One who is able to fill you with abounding hope by the power of His Spirit. Look to Him for the joy and peace you seek. He can be trusted to fill your marriage with life-giving hope again.
Here are five hope-filled prayers for your marriage:
1. A Prayer for Togetherness
Heavenly Father, please unify our hearts under Your loving authority and bring us together like never before. Lord, as life pulls at us and demands our time and energy, help us prioritize time together. We need Your presence in our marriage - Your constant presence of love, joy, and peace. As we schedule date nights, getaways, and times to reconnect, please remind us of the hope we have in You - hope for our future together. As Romans 5:5 says, “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Thank You, Father, for uniting us in Your love. Bind us together in perfect harmony and strengthen us for the journey ahead. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.
2. A Prayer for Trust
Lord God, please renew our trust - first in You - then in each other. Cast all doubt, fear, and unbelief far from our marriage, and help us to lean into one another with confidence and strength. Rebuild the areas of our marriage that have been worn down over time or chipped away by difficult circumstances. Forgive us for our mistakes, and help us forgive one another. Let our marriage be a faithful example of Your work in our lives - a work of redemption, renewal, and reliance. As Psalm 13:5 says, “I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” We look to You in the days ahead and put our hope firmly in Your hands. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
3. A Prayer for Communication
Holy God, please open the lines of communication with my spouse in a healthy, honorable way. As Proverbs 15:3 (NLT) says, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” Please help us carve out time to talk about our week, plan for our future, and recall Your mighty blessings in our marriage. Please create more time and space for us to listen to each other - really listen. Remove all criticism and judgmental thoughts that try to divide us. Replace our negative thinking with hope-filled excitement that opens our eyes to the possibilities awaiting us. Thank You, Lord, for giving us the right words to say at the right time. We ask for wisdom in this and trust You to lead the way. In Jesus’ name, amen.
4. A Prayer for Intimacy
Lord, please help my marriage in the area of intimacy. Prevent busyness, overwhelm, and exhaustion from getting in the way of closeness with my spouse. Show me ways to nurture my marriage by creating an atmosphere of romance and connection. Help us listen to 1 Corinthians 7:3, which says, “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.” And if there needs to be a discussion about our individual needs, let it happen according to Your timeline when both of us are open to what the other has to say. Thank You, God, for creating marriage for intimacy and allowing us to express our love in such a meaningful way. In the holy name of Jesus, amen.
5. A Prayer for Faithfulness
Gracious God, I look to You to bless my marriage with a hope-filled future and pray for a deep, committed faith in You. Please draw my spouse close to Your heart and strengthen their faith right where they are. Remind us of Proverbs 3:3, which says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Please fill our marriage with good fruits - the fruit of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Help us live by these characteristics and show these holy attributes in the way we interact. Remind us of our wedding vows - vows to be faithful and true to one another through good times and bad. Strengthen our commitment to remain in Your will and walk in the hope you provide. Our faith is in You, Lord, and we trust You to do mighty things in our home and in our marriage. In the name of Jesus, our Savior, amen.
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