Kingdom Couples Pray for Each Other
“God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Theirs was a marriage with a calling right from the start.
She had abandoned her dream of being a missionary in order to be a wife and mother; he had committed all of who he was to be an evangelist.
Billy and Ruth Graham changed the world with the gospel, and at the same time modeled a marriage defined by both passion and prayer.
While Billy was on a long evangelistic crusade in England, Ruth wrote, “In your thinking, we have grown apart due to the wide separation of our various interests, but I feel closer to you than ever. Wherever you are, I go with you in mind and heart, praying for you continually.”1
Make it a point to begin every single day bathing your marriage in prayer.
It doesn’t have to be long, but it has to be authentic.
Thank God for your mate and pray for his will to be manifest in your mate’s life.
Pray that your spouse will grow spiritually and emotionally, and even be healthy physically.
Ask the Lord to surround your mate with godly relationships and clearly reveal His purpose for him or her.
Then after you have prayed that, and more, pray for yourself, each day asking the Lord for the same things for you and that He will give you a gentle spirit toward your spouse.
Ask Him to cause you both to be friends and lovers, adventurers together, and prayer partners for each other.
Father, thank You for the gift of marriage. Help us to be each other’s greatest intercessors. Amen
1 Tyler O’Neil, “A Model of Marriage Partnership,” Christian Post, February 14, 2014, http://www.christianpost.com/news/a-model-of-marriage-partnership-the-lifelong-love-of-ruth-and-billy-graham-114578/.
This passage is from the Kingdom Marriage Devotional by Tony Evans.