“Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19-20
We go a good amount of our lives leading up to marriage praying alone. Even when we’re married, at times it’s easier to find your own time to pray by yourself than to find the time to pray together. However, the power of prayer as husband and wife is one of the most beautiful aspects of marriage. I can’t stress enough the importance to spend even just five minutes with your spouse praying together.
When my husband and I first got married we began to pray together each night before bed. Of course we’ve had our seasons where daily prayer was lacking due to long work days and lack of energy, but we’ve always been able to realize when our prayer life is lacking and have managed to get it back on track. We can always tell when we haven’t been praying everyday because we’re not as in-sync with one another. It’s incredible to see how much more at peace we are with each other when we make sure to pray together daily, how much more connected we feel and how much more our relationship benefits from daily prayer together.
Daily prayer with your spouse will probably look different for each couple. I know it can be hard to find that time sometimes, especially for couples with kids, but trust me your marriage will benefit greatly from it. Praying with your spouse brings a beautiful intimacy between the two of you because you’re sharing your hopes, desires, struggles and concerns with God, of course, and your spouse. This allows for vulnerability and opens up communication. It can encourage you both to work towards goals and provide each other support and strength to overcome challenges. Most importantly, it puts God at the center of your marriage, which is exactly where He needs to be.
So, if you’re not already praying with your spouse, give it a try! Start easy. Maybe just an Our Father and Hail Mary together at some point in your day. After some time, add your intentions and things you’re grateful for and see God work in your marriage.