The beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to reflect on our spiritual well-being. For several years the Office has been selling a Prayer Diary which has just been relaunched as a Prayer Journal. Throughout the journal suggestions are made to help improve our prayers and sections at the back provide guidance and ideas. As an example, here is the section entitled ‘Praying as a Couple’.
PRAYING together can increase the intimacy within marriage as God is brought into the relationship on a practical level.
Praying together can help prevent the development of resentment and negative feelings towards each other.
Praying aloud as a couple can aid concentration.
Verses to help:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19,20)
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
“A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17)
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
- Agree never to refuse if your partner wants to pray or read the scriptures with you.
- Try to agree a regular time to pray.
- Be flexible and patient, your spouse may express thoughts in a different way from you.
- Read a short passage or Psalm before praying, or use a verse box.
- Don’t use your prayers to criticise your partner.
- Don’t start with anything too long or demanding – let it grow with time.
- Pray for a different group of people each day. Here are some suggestions:
- Monday – your immediate family (each other plus any children).
- Tuesday – friends.
- Wednesday – extended family.
- Thursday – ecclesia (including members, contacts, preaching work, etc.).
- Friday – work done and contacts in the mission field.
- Saturday – specific needs not covered by the above sections.
- Sunday – thanksgiving (focus on just giving thanks).
- Write down the names of people or things as you think of them during the day.
- Allow each other time for personal daily prayer and meditation.
- Discuss what is to be prayed about before praying.
- Pray about all aspects of your life together as a couple, for example:
- Contentment with what we have and with one another.
- Specific prayers for each other – ask your partner what they would like you to be praying about for them. This helps you both to stay in touch with your partner’s greatest needs and concerns.
- Thanksgiving for all aspects of intimacy.
- Don’t give up!
The Prayer Journal is available here (https://thechristadelphian.com/prayer-journal.html): price £5.00 plus postage.