A prayer for my marriage: Being pro-active

Heavenly Father,

Today, please bless my marriage.

Help me to be pro-active in how I deal with my spouse.

Teach me about the depths of my spouse’s personality.

Show me the ways in which I can anticipate the needs of my marriage.

Silence my tongue in the midst of conflict.

Caution me to think before I speak.

Shield my heart from any temptation.

Keep my words and actions to those that will build my marriage.

Thank you for the gift that my marriage and my spouse are to me.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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.

Prayer Series – Spiritual Health

We consider spiritual health to be the most important of the health concerns.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

We can be weak in body and emotions, but if our spiritual health is strong, we can get through anything. This is our true connection to God. Our spiritual health tells us what our relationship is with our Creator.

What do you think the state of your spouse’s spiritual health is? What do they feel it is? Is your spouse regularly plugged in to God? Does your spouse make a habit of being attuned to what God is doing and speaking into their lives? Do they seek out those people and things that help them build up their relationship with God? Are there things that get in the way of them building that relationship? Are they aware of those things? Do you do things together that build your spouse’s spiritual health? Does your spouse regularly read their Bible and study it? Do you read the Bible together? Do you pray together? Is your spouse a prayer warrior or do they need some prompting to remember God in their busy lives? Most importantly, is your spouse saved?

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 spiritual health.

Pray that God show your spouse the state of their spiritual health.

Ask God to give them strength to make choices that will build their spiritual health.

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

Ask God to give your spouse the motivation to do those things that will build their relationship with Him?

Ask God to give your spouse a network of people that will help them grow spiritually.

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 spiritual struggles.

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

Ask God to help you be an encouragement to your spouse and their spiritual growth.

Pray a blessing over your spouse and their spiritual health.

Thank God for the spiritual blessings that are available to your spouse.

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

If your spouse is not saved, pray always that the Lord speak to them and show them their need for His gift of salvation.

Prayer Series – Prosperity

(Merriam Webster Definition) Prosperity: the state of being successful usually by making a lot of money

A Christian’s definition of prosperity should be more than money, particularly since money tends to be a stumbling block for most of us.

(Our definition) Prosperity: the state of being successful in life at those things that matter most to God, i.e., our relationships with God and others.

Matthew 16:26

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Probably most of us would like to be more prosperous in regard to our finances. That is what we tend to focus on when we hear the word “prosperity”. But being prosperous is so much more according to God. It is the blessings that God wants to give to His children. Sometimes that is monetary. More often it isn’t. That’s okay because we should want to experience all of the blessings God wants to give us. We want our spouses to experience God’s full blessings on their lives.

In the definition that we have applied, do you think your spouse is prosperous? Do they feel like they are? What blessings would you like to see God bestow upon them? Are there things that may be getting in the way of your spouse receiving those blessings? Are there repeating sins that hinder those blessings? Is your spouse aware of those things that hinder their prosperity? Is your spouse aware of the prosperity that they already enjoy? Are they thankful for that prosperity? Do you support them when God raises them up? How are you contributing to their prosperity or lack thereof?

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 prosperity.

Pray that God shows your spouse how He loves them.

Ask God to reveal the blessings that your spouse already experiences.

Pray that God give your spouse wisdom to make choices that honor that prosperity.

Pray that God remove any barriers that your spouse has to obtaining prosperity.

Ask God to reveal anything that may be hindering their prosperity.

Pray that God give them the strength to change those things that may be a hindrance.

Ask God to give your spouse the right attitude for prosperity.

Ask God to show you how you can positively contribute to them being prosperous.

Pray that God give your spouse humility in the midst of prosperity.

Ask God to take away any fears or doubts that your spouse has about prosperity.

Pray a blessing over your spouse and their prosperity.

Thank God for the blessings that your spouse has and the blessing that they are to you.

Prayer Series – Emotional Health

It is often obvious to us when we need to take care of our physical health. We are groomed (pun intended) from the time we are children to clean our bodies and to eat so that we can properly fuel it. When it comes to our emotional health, however, we are not as quick to recognize what we need to do to take care of ourselves.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. In fact, there are many times when our emotional health greatly affects it. This is why “laughter is the best medicine” or why we can be so physically exhausted when our minds have worked a lot.

What do you think the state of your spouse’s emotional health is? What do they feel it is? Is your spouse emotionally healthy? Do they have things that are weighing upon them? Do they have things that weigh upon them that you know but they do not see? Do they ignore problem signs about their emotional health or are they quick to seek help when they need it? Do they have a network of people to help them stay emotionally healthy or are they surrounded by people that chip away at that health? Are they positive or negative people by nature? Do they see the glass half full, half empty or ask you “what glass”? What steps do they take to heal when they do recognize that their emotional health is a problem? How do you contribute to their emotional health? What changes do you think they should make to become better at handling their emotional health?

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 emotional health.

Ask God to let your spouse know how special they are to Him.

Pray that God show your spouse the state of their emotional health.

Ask God to give them the wisdom to make choices that make them emotionally healthy.

Pray that God give them strength to deal with the things that weigh upon them.

Ask God to give your spouse a good network of people who will build them up emotionally.

Pray for God to give them the right attitude to deal with their emotional health.

Ask God to show you how you can positively contribute to their emotional health.

Ask God to show them how important their emotional health is.

Pray that God walk through their emotional struggles with them and that they feel His presence in tangible ways.

Ask God to take away any fears or doubts that your spouse has about their emotional well-being.

Pray for God to give your spouse the strength and encouragement to deal with the “negative” people who affect their emotional health.

Pray a blessing over your spouse and their emotional health.

Thank God for the blessings that your spouse has and the blessing that they are to you.

Prayer Series – Purpose

Everyone has a purpose. We were created by God with a special purpose in mind.

Purpose (definition): the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists

Proverbs 20:5
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

For some people, their purpose is clear. For others, they have to take time to discover it. Sadly, some search but never find it. Purpose is important because it gives us a reason to get up every morning. Even if we are doing nothing to further that purpose in that day, we still have something we are working toward. In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about running and finishing the race of life. He is describing purpose.

Does your spouse know what their purpose is? If they do not, are they actively looking for it or are they just living from moment to moment without it? Are they seeking it and having trouble finding it? Do they know their purpose and are they actively participating in accomplishing it? Are they struggling with knowing their purpose but not being able to live it out? What things are keeping them from doing so? Are there things that you could be doing (or not doing) to help them live their lives with purpose? Do they have more than one purpose that they feel they need to fulfill?

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 purpose.

Ask God to let your spouse know our special they are to Him.

Pray that God reveal to them what their purpose is.

If they are not looking for their purpose, ask God to show them the importance of seeking it.

Ask God to give them the wisdom to make choices and decisions that will further their purpose.

Pray that God give them the strength to stand in their purpose.

Ask God to remove the obstacles that your spouse faces in trying to live out their purpose.

If those obstacles are character or strength building ones, pray that God walk through the struggle with them.

Ask God to show you how you can actively encourage your spouse in this part of their life.

Ask God to take away any fears or doubts that your spouse has about pursuing that purpose.

Pray for God to give your spouse the strength and encouragement to deal with the “negative” people who may come up against them.

Pray a blessing over your spouse and their purpose.

Thank God for the blessing that your spouse has in being created with that special purpose in mind.

How can you pray for your spouse and their purpose this week?

Stay Tuned… Prayer Series

We are excited to be ushering in the upcoming months with a new series on prayer. We will be looking at different ways that you can pray for your spouse and for your marriage. What type of things can you pray for specifically that will benefit your marriage? God wants us to come to him with our requests and he is looking for us to have a conversation with him in our prayers.

Are there any questions that you have concerning prayer? Do you have any topics of prayer that you would definitely like to see us address? Please tell us by leaving a comment on this blog post or by contacting us via email at: admin@successfulchristianremarriage.com

We are also adding a new page to our blog – Prayer requests. If you have a prayer request, you may leave it on that page. Please also visit this page if you are a prayer warrior and would like to hold our brothers and sisters in Christ up in your prayers.