Think about the last time you sat down and prayed. Were you by yourself? Helping your kids say a bedtime prayer? Offering a blessing at a meal? The truth is many couples tend to think of prayer as a solitary pursuit.
We enter into marriage with an understanding that it is a sacred covenant with God and each other. When you come together to pray as a couple you are inviting God into your day-to-day lives and seek his council and fellowship… together.
A series of three studies published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality found that there was a significant relationship between prayer and partner trust. What it boils down to is couples who pray together, stay together. These are the top 5 benefits of praying together as a couple.
YOU’LL HEAR THE HEART OF YOUR SPOUSE
You share your heart with God when you pray. Letting your spouse hear you innermost thoughts, hopes, and dreams offered to God can help bring you closer together emotionally. Praying together has been shown to increase levels of trust between partners and create a deeper sense of emotional “oneness”.
YOU CAN FACE CHALLENGES TOGETHER
Whether it’s life, family, or marital problems, in times of stress and hardship we turn to God in search of wisdom. By praying together during challenging times you care creating what is known as “crisis intimacy”. You are proving to yourself and God that you are in this together.
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STAND TOGETHER
It seems as if there are always forces at work trying to tear down your marriage, you faith in each other, and your faith in God. Praying together unleashes the power to stand together against the forces that would divide you from God.
YOU STAY HUMBLED IN FRONT OF GOD AND YOUR SPOUSE
The act of prayer itself, quiet and on our knees with heads bowed is an act of openness and humility. When we pray we are showing our reverence for God and each other. When you are humbled your heart is open to change and growth.
YOU’LL KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE STRONG
More and more research is showing that couples who take the time to pray together have stronger, more trusting relationships. Couples with shared faith and common spiritual commitments enjoy longer and more satisfying relationships.
The old saying may be truer than we even realized, “A family that prays together stays together.”