21 Advantages Of Praying With Your Spouse, Part 1 – Marriage And Relationship
Recently, Carlo, who’s one of our relationship pundits, penned some inspiring articles about How to grow spiritually with your spouse, and How to grow spiritually together as couples. In the later, he talked about creating a praying structure in the lives of couples and called this structure, prayer altar. In the light of Carlo’s teaching, whence comes my inspiration, I intend to consolidate the prayer altars (personal altar, spousal altar, and family altar), by explicating the perks of prayer in this article titled, “21 Advantages Of Praying With Your Spouse.”
Please, I will not be too long, so let’s just get to business right away.
The advantages of praying as couples are enormous and knowing them only invigorates you to pray even better. These advantages are:
1. It strengthens your spirit man together
Man is a spirit being. The real couple is the inward couple. The physical body we see is the covering or the suit in which the spirit-man, the real YOU live in. You can put makeup on your physical body, but cannot do so on the spirit-man. The only way it strengthens is by prayer. Jude 1:20 brings it clearer when it says that we build up our spirit by speaking in tongues. That’s prayer too. If you speak in tongues, then do so together.
2. It increases the couples’ faith in God and the things of God
I truly know that every spouse wants their partners to believe in what they believe in. You want them to grow spiritually as you grow as well. But this yen for growth spiritually has to do, principally, with faith in God. In other words, when you grow in faith, you are likely to grow in other areas as well. When you grow in faith, it’s easier to believe what God says. And payer does this faith-growth very well. The more you pray with your spouse, the more your faith in God grows (Jude 1:20).
3. It helps reveal God’s will for the union and family
Prayer reveals the purposes of God for the couple. Some couples through prayers have been called into ministry and other vocations and walks of life. Prayer reveals what God wants you to do on the earth as a couple for a time.
4. It brings peace of mind to the couples
When couples pray together, there’s such a peace that saturates the mind and heart, clearing your mind from anything that disturbs the thinking faculty. With a clear mind faculty, You think rightly and clearly about things of life. A couple with such peace never sees any reason to fight or disagree. Peace of mind comes from prayer.
5. It keeps you couple humble before God and men
Humility is always on bended knees. Humility is a virtue that money cannot buy and which many couples lack. Many marriages would have averted divorce if the couples were humble to the core. Unfortunately, this is the value and virtue that only prayer can bring to the lives of couples. To be on your knees together is humbling yourselves to God as the one who knows it all. It also humbles us to one another as couples. The joy and peace that comes from knowing that your spouse is humble before you is indescribable. Furthermore, it makes couples humble before other people. This is not a weakness but a power.
6. It helps couples discern good judgment
Prayer opens your mind and makes it in tune with the mind of God or the mind of Christ which enables us to make good decisions and choices in life. When you pray, you can discern what is good for the couple at any given time.
7. It increases your love for God
There are some marriages with partners having divided attention for the things of God. One loves God and the other doesn’t. This can frustrate couples and bring misunderstanding at times. To avoid this drama, just pray with your spouse together. Don’t fall into the temptation of doing it alone. Encourage your partner, without a fight, to join you in prayers. The more a couple prays, the more their love for God increases. Do you know how to love God? Do you want to love God more? Then pray together with your spouse.
8. It increases your love for yourselves as couples
We cannot say this any better. Prayer increases your love for your spouse. Because you love God, you will want to love your spouse as well. And prayer does it well, bringing you closer together each time you pray, and enables you to appreciate your spouse’s presence.
9. It helps couples know each other’s voices and mindsets
When couples pray together, they grow to understand the mindset of their spouses. How they reason, how they use their words, how they utter out words with meaning, how important certain words are to them, how they think about each other, and their situations and circumstances. All of these things make up the voice of your spouse. This is something that could take years of dating to know. But it would quickly be known to themselves because they pray together always.
10. It protects you from evil days.
Couples that pray submit their lives to God. And a life submitted to God is under divine protection. God protects the couples from things unknown to them which could steal their joy and testimony. Prayer puts you under the shadow of the almighty God. And there no evil dwells (Psalm 91:1).
11. It invites the Lord’s presence in your midst as couples
How often do you wanna feel Jesus’s presence? I heard you say, “as much as I can.” And that’s not bad at all. If you as couples want the Lord’s presence as much as you can, you gotta pray as much as you can. Prayer brings His presence in your midst as couples. Remember this Scripture, where two or three gather in my name, what happens? It says, “I am there with them”. Well, that was Jesus Christ speaking to you couples. When you pray together, you are gathered in His name. And He’s right there with you couples.
We have expounded on some of the 21 advantages of praying with your spouse and shall continue elucidating these perks in the next article, which you can find by clicking here. Tell us, has any of the above-mentioned points been helpful to you as couples?