8 prayers every Christian couple should know by heart

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Prayer can be a potent way to connect, not just with God, but with your partner too.

It’s not just about reciting words from the Bible, but about sharing a spiritual moment that brings you closer together.

As a Christian couple, there are certain prayers that can really help to strengthen your bond and enrich your faith. And trust me, these aren’t complicated theological soliloquies.

I’m going to share eight simple yet profound prayers that every Christian couple should know by heart. Embrace them and see how they transform your relationship and your faith.

1) The Lord’s Prayer

One of the most fundamental prayers in Christianity is The Lord’s Prayer.

It’s a prayer that Jesus taught His disciples, and it’s been passed down through generations ever since.

Remember, this isn’t just a prayer to recite like a parrot. It’s an intimate conversation with God that can help you and your partner navigate life together.

The Lord’s Prayer covers all the key aspects: praise, forgiveness, asking for our daily needs, and protection against temptation. It’s a comprehensive dialogue with our Creator.

Praying The Lord’s Prayer together as a couple could be a powerful way to start or end your day. It can be used as a template for your own prayers, or as a standalone prayer in moments of reflection or crisis.

So next time you’re in prayer together, why not start with “Our Father, who art in heaven…”? You’ll find that it can really help to bring you closer together and closer to God.

2) Prayer for Guidance

I’ll let you in on a little secret. There have been countless times in my own marriage where we’ve felt a bit lost, unsure of what the right decision was.

That’s when my partner and I turn to the Prayer for Guidance. This prayer is all about asking God to lead us down the right path, to help us make decisions that align with His will.

One time, we were contemplating a big move across the country for a job opportunity. We were both excited but also nervous about the changes it would bring.

So we prayed. We asked God to guide us, to give us wisdom and clarity. And you know what? We felt a sense of peace afterwards. We made the decision to make the move and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

Praying for guidance together can help you face any uncertainty as a united front, trusting that with God’s guidance, you can navigate any challenge that comes your way.

3) The Serenity Prayer

We often find ourselves in situations where things are simply out of our control. It’s in these moments that the Serenity Prayer can bring comfort.

Written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the early 20th century, this prayer has been widely adopted by numerous support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous.

The prayer seeks serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what can be, and wisdom to know the difference.

It’s a powerful reminder for couples that not everything is in our hands and that it’s okay. With God, we can find peace in surrendering control and find the courage to take action when it’s needed. It’s an essential prayer to know by heart for any Christian couple navigating life’s ups and downs together.

4) Prayer of Thanksgiving

Gratitude is a cornerstone of a happy, fulfilled life and it’s no different in our relationships. A Prayer of Thanksgiving isn’t just for the holiday in November, but something that we can incorporate into our daily lives.

This prayer is about acknowledging and thanking God for all the blessings in your life. Your partner, your family, your home – these are all gifts that we sometimes take for granted.

As a couple, praying in gratitude together helps you both to focus on the positives in your life. It shifts your perspective from what’s wrong to what’s right and creates a sense of contentment and appreciation.

So why not end each day by sharing a heartfelt Prayer of Thanksgiving together? Expressing gratitude can deepen your bond and increase the joy in your relationship.

5) Prayer for Healing

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it’s inevitable that we’ll face periods of pain and struggle. Whether it’s physical illness, emotional turmoil, or spiritual drought, these are the moments when we need God’s healing touch the most.

The Prayer for Healing is not just about asking for physical healing. It’s about seeking emotional and spiritual healing as well. It’s a plea for restoration, for God to mend what’s broken in us and in our relationships.

Praying this prayer together as a couple can be a powerful way to support each other in times of hardship. When you’re both hurting, turning to God together can bring comfort and hope.

It’s a beautiful expression of love and commitment, to stand by each other and seek God’s healing together. It truly embodies the vow of standing by each other in sickness and in health.

6) Prayer for Patience

We live in a fast-paced world where everything is at our fingertips. But God’s timing doesn’t always align with ours, and that’s where the Prayer for Patience comes in.

I remember when my partner and I were trying to start a family. Months turned into years, and still, we were waiting. It was a challenging time, filled with disappointment and heartache.

During that period, the Prayer for Patience became our lifeline. We prayed for patience in waiting, strength to endure the journey, and faith to believe that God’s plans for us were greater than our own.

Now, looking back, I see how that season of waiting shaped us as individuals and as a couple. It wasn’t easy, but it deepened our trust in God and each other.

When you find yourself growing impatient, whether it’s with circumstances or with each other, this prayer can be a soothing balm. It serves as a reminder to trust in God’s perfect timing.

7) Prayer for Forgiveness

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. Sometimes, we hurt the ones we love the most. But as Christians, we know the power of forgiveness.

The Prayer for Forgiveness is an important one for every couple to know by heart. It’s an act of humility, acknowledging our wrongdoings and asking for God’s mercy.

It’s not just about seeking forgiveness from God, but also about asking for the grace to forgive each other. Hurt can build up in relationships, causing a rift that only forgiveness can heal.

When you pray this prayer together, it encourages open communication and reconciliation. It serves as a reminder that just as God forgives us unconditionally, we should extend the same grace to our partners.

So, whether you’re seeking forgiveness or struggling to forgive, this prayer can guide you towards healing and reconciliation.

8) Prayer for Love

At the heart of every relationship is love. It’s the glue that holds us together, the force that compels us to put someone else’s needs above our own.

The Prayer for Love is more than just asking God to fill our hearts with love. It’s about asking Him to teach us how to love – how to love Him, how to love each other, and how to love ourselves.

This prayer can be transformative for a couple. When we learn to love as God loves – unconditionally, selflessly, and wholeheartedly – it changes the way we treat each other.

As a couple, praying for love regularly can nurture your bond and help you grow together in love and faith. It’s not just about maintaining the warm, fuzzy feelings of love, but about cultivating a deep, enduring love that reflects God’s love for us.

And that, dear reader, is something truly beautiful.

Final thoughts: It’s a journey

The essence of prayer in a relationship extends far beyond words. It’s about connection – with God, and with each other.

Each prayer we’ve discussed forms a thread in the fabric of your relationship, weaving together a pattern of love, patience, gratitude, and forgiveness.

Whether you’re navigating through the calm waters of contentment or weathering a storm of challenges, these prayers can anchor you. They can provide solace, inspire hope, and guide you on your shared journey.

As the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

In this context, the three strands represent you, your partner, and God. When you weave God into your relationship through prayer, it strengthens your bond and fortifies your love.

It’s not about knowing these prayers by rote or ticking off a checklist. It’s about embracing them as a shared language of faith and love.

So as you journey together as a Christian couple, let these prayers be your guide, your comfort, and your shared heartbeat. It’s a journey that’s not just about the destination, but about growing together – in love, in faith, and in prayer.

Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards

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