Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9
Most marriages don’t fall apart because of some grand moment. For many, it was a slow drift separating a couple from the closeness they once experienced. On tomorrow’s episode of the Fight for Your Marriage Podcast, we interviewed Brad and Anne. Their story may sound familiar at first. Two people who were serving the Lord and raising a family started noticing a slow drift away from each other. That gap grew wider when Brad turned his attention to other places. Soon, the slow drift that separated this couple also separated Brad from the Lord.
Brad had decided he didn’t need his relationship with Jesus or his wife to live a happy life, so he moved out.
That slow drift happens over time and is often a subtle change. One person may begin confiding in someone other than their spouse. Once filled with lively conversation, dinners may be quiet as a conversation feels strained.
As a couple with a restored marriage, like my parents and Brad and Anne, you need to be on the lookout for the slow drift that may take your marriage down again.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
We like to remind you often how important it is to stay in the fight for your marriage. One great way to do that is to prioritize praying for your spouse. We wanted to share one example of how you can pray for your precious spouse. Don’t ever give up on praying for your marriage.
A Prayer For Your Spouse
I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. Lord, You uphold all those who fall and lift up all who are bowed down. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. Thank you, Lord, that You have seen (SPOUSES NAME) ways, but You will heal (SPOUSE’S NAME); You will guide (SPOUSE’S NAME). (SPOUSE’S NAME) heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases. Cleanse (SPOUSE’S NAME AND YOUR NAME) with hyssop, and we will be clean; wash us, and we will be whiter than snow. Create in (SPOUSE’S NAME AND YOUR NAME) a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Search us, O God, and know our hearts; test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us both in the way everlasting. Amen.
Scriptures taken from Psalm 145:1-3, 13b-14, Isaiah 50:7, Isaiah 57:18, Proverbs 21:1, Psalm 51:7,10, Psalm 139: 23-24