Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prayer - A Key Ingredient in Marriage

Marriage is really fun at the beginning, usually called the honeymoon stage which lasts about 1-2 years. But as the years go by, something happens as the complexities of marriage life begin - becoming busy taking care of the children, keeping up with work or one's career, and so on.  Slowly and subtly, changes within the relationship happens. You don’t seem to talk as much anymore as a couple.  Has this happened to your marriage life? (I'll keep the answer to myself)

The foundation for intimacy in marriage is setting the right priorities of the relationship. Isn't this what we have started doing when we were still in the courtship stage?  Do you remember “making” time to be together and working out your plans and schedules to be there for each other?

The same should be true during marriage. Many broken or cold marriages have been restored when priorities were put back into the relationship. One of the absolute necessities in any marriage is Praying together. "Prayer is an active way to include the Lord as part of the building plan of your marriage" (Doug Weiss).

As Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” The Lord must be part of building your house - your marriage.  Remember the cord in the wedding ceremony? It must be made of three strands which stands for the man, woman and God. With God, the marriage bond becomes stronger and longer lasting.  And with prayer included in the daily routine of the husband and wife, surely they can't help spending time talking with each other and with the Lord.

Do you spend time praying together as husband and wife? If not, then maybe, your reading this post will serve as a reminder that you  should if you want the Lord to be part in building your house (this is a reminder for me, too).
Matthew 18:19 says, “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..”
The thoughts I shared in this blog post is based on the first chapter of the new book by Doug Weiss called 30-Day Marriage Makeover. I have not received a review copy of this book, just a free peek in the first chapter available below.


4 comments:

  1. I agree with this post 101%. Marriage does not end after a couple exchanges "I DOs" at the altar. It is a never ending commitment to stick together, no matter what the circumstances. Thank you for posting this article and for reminding me to never let go of God as the center of my marriage.

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  2. You got an award and you’ve been tagged.at - http://women-ish.blogspot.com/2011/02/award-2011.html - God bless!

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  3. 1000% agree! Specially when there are problems, it is a must to pray together. Best if you include your children in the prayer - much powerful if there is a unity between all the members of the family.

    My family prays together, most specially when we have problems. It is good that Ize enjoys praying with us.

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  4. Mama Mia and xLeon, I'm glad that this post made sense to both of you. Praying that God would bless your marriages and family.

    And thanks Thess for the award.

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