As Christians, we know that prayer is an essential part of our walk with Christ, but how often are we taking advantage of this powerful tool God has given us? In the Bible, we see where Jesus got alone to speak with His Father. The night before Jesus chose His disciples, we see Jesus spend the night praying (Luke 6).
Jesus had a demanding schedule when He was doing ministry. Large crowds often followed him, yet the Bible tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16).” Even on the cross, we see Jesus pray for those who were hurting Him.
Prayer is powerful.
We have an enemy that wants to see our marriages fail. Satan wants us to be so busy that we don’t take time to pray for our spouse or our marriage.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
I want to challenge you to make praying for your spouse a priority. Let me share five ways you can pray for your spouse, from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet.
- Their Mind: Pray that Christ will transform your spouse’s mind. Pray that every thought and desire they have will be in unison with God’s will for their life. Pray that they would be focused on Jesus in every choice and decision they make.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
- Their Ears: Pray that your spouse will have ears that will listen to the voice of God. Pray that they will not be influenced by things they consume of the world but instead will discern and desire things of God.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
- Their Mouth: Pray that your spouse would set a guard over their mouth. Pray that their speech will be filled with kindness and love. Pray that every word they speak over your marriage will speak life into it.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
- Their Hands: Pray that your spouse would use their hands for good and not evil. Pray that they would surrender their hands to be used to serve others. Pray that your spouse would use their hands to work hard, not for the glory of man, but for the glory of Christ.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23
- Their Feet: Pray that your spouse will walk with integrity. Pray they will run from influences that don’t align with your marriage. Pray that they will walk in God’s will for their life.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
As you get intentional about praying for your spouse, watch how you start seeing a shift in your relationship.