11 Feb Kneeling in Prayer
When a couple continues kneeling in prayer together on a regular basis, spiritual intimacy between that husband and wife is greatly increased. The habit of praying together is essential and foundational for building spiritual intimacy in couples.
Benefits Jim and I receive as a result of praying together as a couple include:
- We are helped in keeping our focus where it belongs: Jesus Christ is the centre of our marriage.
- God is invited to participate in our lives. His power brings strength and protection to our relationship. Listen to what we can read in the Bible in the Book of Ecclesiastes chapter 4 verse 12: “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” What a blessing we experience when Jim and I together, through prayer, agree with God to be follow and live in His ways.
- Agreement is made to give the concerns Jim and I are facing to God instead of worrying, arguing, or disagreeing about them with one another.
- The deepest longings and fears are often revealed when Jim and I open our hearts to God before one another. This helps each of us know how best to pray for one another.
- My love for Jim is increased as I pray for him. Likewise, Jim’s love for me becomes deeper as he prays for me. It’s difficult staying angry or annoyed with someone you’re praying for!
Unfortunately, there are many couples who do not regularly pray together. If you and your spouse are not practicing this godly habit, please… make the commitment today to spend time daily kneeling in prayer together!
Praying together is so powerful! You and your spouse become united spiritually before God. It’s not just two individuals praying but a united couple! That’s powerful!
In Matthew’s gospel (chapter 18 verse 19) we read, “If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, My Father in heaven will give it to you.”
Use these few basic “how to’s” to help you and your spouse pray together effectively:
- Find a time and place to pray that is free from distractions.
- Kneel or sit down together.
- Hold hands.
- Take turns praying aloud. If you aren’t used to praying in front of others, this is the best way to learn.
- Don’t pray too long. (This is not the time to “preach” to your spouse!)
- Pray a blessing on one another.
- Be sure to pray and ask God to help you be the spouse you need to be.
Here are three other suggestions you might like to try when praying with your spouse:
- Conversational Prayer
(We heard this idea from Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg.) Let’s say the husband begins praying out loud for a brief time, then the wife picks up where he leaves off. After a moment, she pauses and the husband prays again. Continue praying back and forth until you are done!
- Pray Scriptures Together
Find selections of the Bible to use as prayers. In fact, you may find that many of the Apostle Paul’s writings include prayers. Try this with Ephesians 1:16-20 or Philippians 1:9-10.
- Pray About Your Concerns
As you and your spouse are in discussion about topics whether they are to do with your own relationship, your children, family, health, work, or whatever may be of a concern to you, take a moment to stop and pray about the matter.
Kneeling in prayer together as a couple:
- brings husband and wife closer to God
- brings husband and wife closer to one another
- brings strength and power to the marriage