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.

“P” Is For Prioritize

We are all allotted a certain amount of time in our days and our lives. Because of that we must prioritize. If we don’t, then we are going to find that some things which are not so important will take place of other things which are important. What are your priorities? Our number one priority should be God. As Christians we know that without God at the helm of our lives, everything else falls apart. We must make sure that we are working on our relationship with God. As a married couple, our second priority only to God, is our spouse. Amongst the people in our lives, your spouse will be first. Our marriages are the relationships that must come first because that is the relationship that should last for the rest of our lives. For those of us with school-age children, this can be difficult; particularly if you have children from previous marriages. It can be a real juggling act at times. Often we find ourselves having to compromise in order to get things done. So how can we prioritize? Here are a few tips:

  • Identify your priorities – If you don’t know what they are, how can you keep them straight?
  • Write them down – there is something about the act of writing priorities down that will help you keep them.
  • Pray for guidance and help – ask God to help you keep your priorities straight.
  • Tell your spouse – this will help keep you and your spouse accountable for those priorities.
  • Stand up for yourself – be respectful when you need to be, but stand up for your priorities.
  • Re-examine yourself – taking time periodically to reassess your priorities will also help you keep some balance in your life.