Praying With and For Your Spouse

Praying With And For the Spouse
(October 2013 - Week 1)

(1). Matthew 18:18-20 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” [We are promised transformative power through prayer with our spouse and a guarantee that Christ will meet us uniquely as we come together to do so.]

(2). 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers [We are warned of what can hinder the husband’s prayer. A husband who mistreats his wife will not be one who fully prays for her.] Genesis 25:21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

(3). 1 Corinthians 7:3-5(a) 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. [Prayer with your spouse invites Christ into your marriage, strengthens the bond of marriage, encourages unity and deepens emotional intimacy.]

(4). “There is a power in conferring and covenanting, on the part of kindred spirits, to come before God, and plead together some special promise.” [J. B. Johnston, The Prayer Meeting and Its History]

(5). Prayer thought: The centrality of Christ within a marriage is displayed by coming together in regular prayer.