marriagePrayerDear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us each other as spouses and for the love that has grown between us. Help us to be good partners to each other.

We fully realize that we don’t have what it takes to be so without Your help. Teach us how to pray for each other and to make our prayers a true language of love. Show us what unconditional love really is and how to communicate it in a way the other can clearly perceive.

Bring unity between us so that we can be in agreement about everything (Amos 3:3). Grant us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5).

Help us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19). May we be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Make us a team, not pursuing separate, competitive, or independent lives, but working together, overlooking each other’s faults and weaknesses for the greater good of our marriage.

Make us each other’s helpmate, companion, champion, friend, and support. Help us to create a peaceful, restful, and safe home together. Teach us how to take care of ourselves and stay attractive to each other. Grow us into creative and confident people who are rich in mind, soul, and spirit. Make each of us the kind of spouse the other can be proud of.

We lay all of our expectations at Your cross, Lord. We release each other from the burden of fulfilling each other in areas where we should be looking to You.

Help us to accept each other the way we are and not try to change each other, yet still release each other to change in ways we cannot even imagine. We leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that neither of us is perfect and never will be. Only You, Lord, are perfect and we look to You to perfect us.

We pray that our commitment to You and to one another will grow stronger and more passionate every day. Show us how to support and respect each other as we rise to places of leadership in our home. Help us to understand each other’s dreams and see things from the other’s perspective. Reveal to us what the other wants and needs and show us potential problems before they arise.

Breathe Your life into this marriage, Lord. Make us new people each day. Give us fresh perspectives and positive outlooks. Help us to see each other with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion, and new acceptance.

Amen.