This past year I set out to fervently pray for my marriage. Every single day I pray for my husband, our family, our home, and our spiritual lives. After about ten days of prayer, I realized that I had only touched the tip of the ice berg, there were so many things to pray for, and so much to to be said. I got to praying for my marriage, and after hundreds of prayers I haven't stopped yet.
James 5:16 tells us, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Do you see that word "fervent" in there? That means that we're going to be enthusiastic about prayer. That tells me that prayer is something we're looking forward to. That says, I'm excited about praying for my marriage and I'm not going to give up on this man.
Sometimes I ask my kids to check if the water is boiling on the stove. They'll often say, "I'm not sure. I see some bubbles coming up."
Here's my answer to them, "When it's boiling, you'll know it's boiling. There's no mistaking it."
Let's be that fervent when it comes to our prayer life. Let there be no mistaking the fact that you've brought your marriage before God and placed it at the foot of His throne.
Get down on your knees if you want to, or stand up with your hands raised to God. Whatever you say, and however you pray, do it with all of your might. Pour yourself out to God and let His Spirit pour back into you.
If you're looking for some place to start, here are 7 ways you can start praying today:
1. For Endurance
Dear Heavenly Father,
Give us the strength to endure to end—to have and to hold as long as we both shall live.
We live in a culture where people upgrade their smart phones, their computers, their homes, and in many cases—their spouse. Gone are the days when people held to the promise they made to endure till the end.
There's stress and there's strain, and some days there's more heartache than we imagined there would be, but we're in this together, and we're not letting go.
Love is beautiful, but it's messy at times, and so we're asking for Your wisdom and strength to see us through to the end.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. (Romans 12:10-12, KJV)
2. For Patience in Tribulation
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Word teaches us to be patient. James chapter five tells us to take an example from the prophets who patiently waited on You.
We see Job who endured years of tribulation and trials. And even when He couldn't see You at work in his life, he said, "But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).
Give us the patience to wait on You regardless of how long we must wait.