When my marriage was at its messiest, I found healing and perspective not only through God’s word, but also through prayer.
If someone asked me what two items I would want to bring with me if I were stranded on a deserted island, I would probably say a “lamp” and a “phone.” But this isn’t so I can snap “selfies” by the day or night, but for a whole other reason entirely. 😉
In a figurative sense, whenever I’m in a desperate situation, I bring with me God’s word (a lamp for my feet, Psalm 119:105) and prayer (my way of communicating with the Person who matters the most).
So in the series, Slow, Know and Grow, I’m discussing how to “know” God better through prayer, and as a result, find healing and empowerment for your marriage.
4 Healing Ways to Pray for Your Marriage . . .
1. Pray to Jesus like He is your best Friend—because He is!
If you’re talking with your best friend you wouldn’t try to impress him or her with big theological terms or speak in a lofty preacher voice, now would you? Your best friend loves and accepts you as you are and wants you to interact without pretense or swagger.
Jesus said in John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
2. Pray tear-soaked prayers.
Whenever I am brokenhearted over my life and marriage, I let the tears flow freely before the Lord. That has been so comforting and healing for me and it can be for you too.
3. Pray Scripture over your messy and wounded marriage.
This means using a Bible verse as the basis of how you pray for yourself and your marriage. There are so many great verses that you could use for this. “Hover” over some I’m providing here to see the full verse(s) – Matthew 7:1-2, Matthew 7:3-4, Mark 11:25, 1 Cor. 4:12-13a, 1 Cor. 13:4-8a, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 4:8.
4. Pray regarding what you’ve just read in the Bible.
Every time I have my quiet time, I think through and write out a prayer based on what I’ve just read in the Bible. Here’s an excerpt from one of my prayers following a reading of Psalm 51:10-14 where David was confronted by Nathan the prophet regarding his affair with Bathsheba . . .
I know I need to allow Your truths and love to penetrate far beyond the surface of my heart, just like David needed. So I ask You, have I let You in every nook and cranny of my life? I know the answer is no—at least not a resounding yes. But how do I do that? How do I allow You to penetrate every fiber of my being? By obeying when it isn’t easy? By remembering whose I am? By being gracious and forgiving like You instead of ruminating on how my husband wasn’t so warm and fuzzy this morning? Yes, to all of the above! This is not easy, Father. It is very painful to live with my life surrendered to You. Yet I know that I have no other choice but to follow You, for You are my Love and Light in life!
Do you see how convicting praying God’s word can be in your life? Do you understand how this can bring perspective and healing to your marriage and life? I hope so!
One more thing before you go, you’re invited to join a private Facebook group going through my 6-week Bible study of 1 Peter beginning the week of April 2, 2017. Remember, my study notes will only take you about 5 minutes to read each day, but I also provide a method for you to glean these Scriptural gems for yourself, if you’d like.
What is another way you pray that has brought healing to your heart and marriage?
What have you discovered about God through your prayers?
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