Prayer Series – Relationships

Whether your spouse is an introvert or an extrovert, whether their family is large or it is made only of you, your spouse will have relationships outside of you and God.

John 15:13-14

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

God created humans with a need to be relational. To have a relationship with Him as well as others. Some relationships are out of necessity, others are out of love and loyalty, still others are held together by tenuous threads. No matter what kind of relationships your spouse has, they will always have a need for prayer over them. Prayer is the one thing that you, as a spouse, can do to help them.

What kind of relationships does your spouse have? How are their relationships with their family, their friends, their co-workers? Does your spouse have particular relationships that are in need of prayer because they are damaged or weak at best? Are there any relationships that they would like to see healed or strengthened? Are there relationships that they need to be healed from? What relationships would your spouse consider good? Are there relationships that they need encouragement to build? Are there relationships that they should cultivate? Are there relationships that they need to step away from? What things could they do to make their relationships better? Are there ways that you can help them make those relationships better?

Take the time to think about the answers to some (or all) of these questions. How would your spouse answer these questions about themselves?

This week, focus your prayers on your spouse and their relationships.

Pray that God show your spouse the state of their relationships.

Ask God to heal any of your spouse’s broken relationships.

Ask God to give your spouse strength to walk away from harmful relationships.

Pray that God give your spouse motivation to work on their relationships.

Ask God to shine a light on your spouse’s good relationships.

Pray that God show your spouse how to cultivate good relationships.

Ask God to give your spouse good relationships.

Pray that God protect your spouse from bad relationships.

Ask God to give your spouse wisdom and discernment in all of their relationships.

Ask God to help you spouse put Him first in all of their relationships.

Ask God to help you be helpful to your spouse in dealing with their other relationships.

Thank God for what a blessing your spouse is to you.

Prayer Series – Contentment

Content: A state of satisfaction

Philippians 4:11

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Being content is an important thing because if we are content, our focus can be more securely on God and those things that He has called us to do. Sometimes when we feel that something is perfect (or very close to it), we perceive that as being content. We can be content in those circumstances, but the key, as Paul states in Phil. 4:11, is that we be content whatever the circumstances. Our prayers this week will focus on our spouse obtaining contentment in any of their circumstances (good, bad or indifferent).

Do you think your spouse is content overall? Is your spouse content some of the time? Is your spouse discontent? How would your spouse describe their level of contentment? Does your spouse recognize the importance of being content? Does your spouse recognize that true contentment comes from God? Is your spouse plugged in to God? Does your spouse actively seek out ways to attain contentment in their lives? Is your spouse struggling with discontentment in their lives? Are there specific areas of their lives that cause them to be discontent regularly? Is your spouse positive or negative by nature? Are there ways that you can help them with any struggles they have to find contentment? What things do you say and/or do that add to or detract from your spouse’s contentment?

Take the time to think about the answers to some (or all) of these questions. How would your spouse answer these questions about themselves?

This week, focus your prayers on your spouse and their state of contentment.

Pray that God show your spouse the state of their contentment.

Pray that God show your spouse true contentment.

Ask God to help your spouse with those areas of discontentment in their lives.

Pray that God gives your spouse the desire to know Him more.

Ask God to give your spouse the strength and motivation to do those things that build up contentment.

Pray that God will remove those things that are a distraction to your spouse in growing with Him.

Pray that God walk with them through their journey to be content whatever their circumstances.

Ask God to show Himself to your spouse in tangible ways.

Ask God to help you be an encouragement to your spouse.

Pray a blessing over your spouse and their state of contentment.

Thank God for what a blessing your spouse is to you.