This is Part Two of the Third Episode of the Marriage Journals and it is continued from You Could Be Having A New Marriage In Seven Days .
Now how do you prayer for your spouse or family? First, pray together with your spouse. Put your fire power down. This is how you throw strife out the window. The husband is the leader and priest of the home. It is your job to make sure the people under your home are prayerful. You do not have to be a prayer warrior. What you should understand and know is that God anointed you to be the head. This means that if you pray for your wife and family things change. There is special grace that you have as your stand for your family. You have God given spiritual authority over your family and forces that work against your family. Do what you can and God will do the rest. Just try it and see the results.
Instead of spending time arguing and quarrelling invest that time in pray. Quit striving with your spouse and get into prayer. Have regular time to pray for your spouse and children.
Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:18-19
There is power in a prayer of agreement. The most powerful anointed prayer is that of a couple that is agreeing together because you are in a covenant. So you see why make sure there is strife between you. It is to weaken your prayer life.
Temptation to give up will come, but do not give in. Some couples pray daily together, other weekly, some have a long monthly prayer time. What is important is to set time that is comfortable with you and commit to it.
And when you pray it’s not that worthless religious ritualistic piece of garbage. It’s about pouring your heart to God. It is about being sincerely as you mean what you say. Seek the will of God. Listen to God’s voice and direction. Pray for God to intervene for your spouse. You cannot guard your spouse away from temptation but you can control the environment around him/her through prayer. You can plead before God for his/her heart to be changed.
If you have a disagreement, do not let it escalate. That’s being stupid. Bring it before God and allow Him to solve the problems. This is a fantastic way of living, leaving someone to deal with your problems, and allowing someone to deal with your spouse for you. Just let God do it for you.
If your spouse does not want to join you for prayers, well that’s not a big deal. You go ahead and pray for him/her. You see, someone can refuse to join in prayer but they cannot stop prayer from working. Confess your favourite scripture over your spouse and family. As you do this, you will feel the heavy dark cloud that has been oppressing your marriage lifting. Slowly rays of hope will flood on and you know that you are on your way to heaven on earth in your marriage.
At times it takes time for things to change, especially if things have been left without prayer for a long time. Fast as a couple for your marriage and family. If you are not familiar with prayer find good books on prayer to read together and practise what you have learnt. As your stand together know that nothing is impossible with God.
Spiritual intimacy is fundamental for a strong Christian marriage.
Once established, it creates a bond that can never be broken. Praying together is almost impossible if you do not stay together. Marriages of great ministers have broken because they did not stay together. The husband and wife will be staying in different cities leading churches or doing the work of God. If you do not stay together as a couple perhaps because of work, you are at a greater risk. It is not a secret the Christina couple serving in the security duties have more challenges. Avoid distant relationship as much as possible. Rather seek God about it. Your marriage must come first before work or ministry. God did not intend you to have a distant relationship. His aim is for a husband and his wife and their children living under the same roof. In this way they can pray together and serve God together. Losing your spouse over a job is foolish.
Now that you know how to have spiritual intimacy, next time we will discuss another great game changer in marriage and it will take you on a Journey to Your Soulmate.
As you contemplate;
- How is your personal devotional life?
- How is your family devotional life?
- Is your marriage being affected by distant relationship? Put it as a prayer item for God to turn things around.
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