Hopefully all of us pray for our spouse. Too often though, they’re prayers that don’t mean much. Prayers like, “Keep him safe on his road trip” (Is he wearing his seat belt?), or “God, please help her realize that she’s wrong and I’m right.” (Good luck with that).
When we pray for our spouse, let’s pray prayers that mean something. Here’s how you can pray for your spouse this week:
MONDAY: Pray that you would see your spouse the way that God sees them. Instead of looking at your spouse through the lens of their faults or your last fight, pray that God would open your eyes to see them the way that God sees them: as a son or daughter of the King.
TUESDAY: Pray that God would bless your spouse. You have not because you ask not. Instead of always praying that God would bless you, pray that God would bless someone else. Your spouse is a great place to start. Pray that God would bless them mightily.
WEDNESDAY: Pray that God would overwhelm your spouse with His love and mercy. If I know anything about your spouse, it’s that they need to be overwhelmed with God’s love and mercy. You can never get too much love or mercy. Perhaps they’re in a place where they don’t think they deserve any. Pray that God would overwhelm them with His love and mercy.THURSDAY: Pray that God would place strong Christians around your spouse. You know by now that if your spouse needs to hear a truth, sometimes it can’t come from you. Pray that God would place strong Christians around your spouse to be that voice of truth.
FRIDAY: Pray that God would help your spouse discover the joy of serving others. “It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” as the Bible says. Pray that God would help your spouse discover this monumental joy firsthand.
SATURDAY: Pray that God would remove the distractions from your spouse’s life. Too often we allow the clutter of life to obscure our relationship with God. Pray that God would remove distractions and allow your spouse to see Him clearly.
SUNDAY: Pray that God would make His Word come alive to your spouse. As your spouse is sitting in church (hint, hint), pray that God would make His Word come alive and speak to the heart of your spouse.
Pray these prayers for seven days, and see what God does in your spouse’s heart (and yours)!