I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6
When my marriage fell apart, one of the first things the Lord impressed on me was how lacking my prayer life was. I cried out to the Lord. Some days, I felt like I ran out of words to pray. I began praying scriptures back to the Lord. I would pray things like these verses from Psalms.
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. Psalm 88:1-2
Have you spent time recently examining how your prayer life is going? Do you treasure the time you get to spend talking to the Lord, or do you see it as something to cross off your to-do list?
In the New Testament, we see where Jesus got away by himself to pray. He would leave the crowds behind and spend time with His Father. If Jesus spent time alone in prayer, why would we think we should do anything differently? When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting and praying for 40 days, He prayed scripture to His Father.
I want to challenge you to spend time this week examining your prayer life. Do you keep a prayer journal? It is a great way to track your requests and answers to prayer. When the enemy attempts to come against you with doubt, you can refer back to your journal and see all the ways the Lord has blessed you.
The more I spent time communing with the Lord, the more I realized how I failed to pray for my marriage. I knew we had problems, but I never took praying for my husband or my marriage seriously. That quickly changed as the Lord opened my eyes to my failures.
Prayer was one tool that I saw move my mountain of circumstances. God changed me and then my marriage. I began to pour over the Bible, reading how others prayed. One passage I love is in Daniel chapter 6. Daniel prayed multiple times a day. His time with the Lord helped him understand his assignment.
You may feel like your world is falling apart. That may result from marriage problems or other issues you are facing. Whatever is happening, you can leave it in the Lord’s hands. He is in control. Trust Him with your future.
Maybe like me, you realize that you are not praying for your spouse the way you should be. You can start over today. Commit to becoming a prayer warrior for your marriage.
- Pray for God’s protection over your marriage.
- Pray that your spouse will be a faithful follower of Christ.
- Pray that you and your spouse will be unified in your marriage.
- Pray for protection from the enemy in your marriage.
Prayer changes things! My prayer is that your family will be different as you become a couple devoted to prayer.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6