In speaking with a couple the other day about some difficulties they were facing, I discovered that they never pray together. My mind immediately went to Peter’s first letter where he addresses wives and husbands and their relationship with each other and its impact on their prayers. He is very concerned that “husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way…since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).
Notice the emphasis in this verse is unhindered prayers. The way that we live with our spouse through God-given understanding and as a joint grace from God, is in view of living together centered around God in prayer. This sort of intimacy is a two-way street, ass we seek the Lord to give us understanding about our spouse so He will give us His grace to live in “love which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14). Prayer is a special glue that holds us in intimacy, first with the Lord, and then with each other.
It would take pages to list all the things, attitudes and pride we allow in our marriages that hinder us praying together. Yet, this is the very habit that does the opposite. The more husbands and wives come together for the purpose of depending on God for every detail of life, and thanking Him for what He has already done, the more we will experience God answering our deepest needs through prayer. Prayer is not limited to a certain time of the day, a certain place or posture. It is open to all of us 24/7!
When was the last time you and your spouse spent time in God’s presence?
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