Can you believe we’ve been praying for marriage for 33 days together? I hope you and your family have been blessed. Because this has shown me how poor my praying habits are, I’ve taken to trying to establish some. One of them is praying with my son (who turns 2 tomorrow) every morning while I change his diaper. I’m not sure how much he understands, but he seems to love the quiet time with Mommy, and he now grabs my hand and points to my mouth so I will pray when I change his diaper throughout the day. I love it!
A friend sent me this link this past week on praying for your husband. She has great ideas plus Scripture to go with each day, which I love. http://timewarpwife.com/?p=327 Also, I have another friend who used to write down a name on each day of her calendar and she would focus on praying for that person on that day. If you are struggling to remember to pray (even just in general!), this is a great way to get in the habit—just write a prayer request down on each day of your calendar for a month. When you glance at your calendar throughout the day, you’ll see the request and be reminded to go to the Lord in prayer.
This next section will be focused on praying for marital topics. I unfortunately don’t have time to elaborate with each topic, but I know the Holy Spirit will lead us each as we pray for our marriages and each others’.
Day 34, March 19
Oneness/unity in marriage, understanding the implications of being one, embracing it, celebrating it, appreciating its reflection of our unity with Christ.
Day 35, March 20
Intimacy in marriage.
Day 36, March 21
Integrity, trust, and honesty in marriage.
Day 37, March 22
Safety in marriage—emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.
Day 38, March 23
Day 39, March 24
Encouragement—that it will be mutual, effective, and plentiful. Also, that it will come easily and not be forced.
Day 40, March 25
Grace in marriage, both in everyday things and also for big issues that come up. Grace for each other and a deepened understanding of God’s grace for his children. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, please ask me.
Day 41, March 26
Forgiveness. Pray for lots and lots of forgiveness and an understanding of what forgiveness is.
Day 42, March 27
Lack of bitterness and held grudges.
Day 43, March 28
Kindness in all forms.
Day 44, March 29
A servant’s heart for both spouses, and acts and attitudes of service that make sense to the other spouse.
Day 45, March 30
Parenting, especially unity.
Day 46, March 31
Day 47, April 1
Submissiveness for both spouses.
Day 48, April 2
Gentleness in dealing with each other.
Day 49, April 3
Self control and prioritizing the spouse’s needs above your own.
Day 50, April 4
Faithfulness, both physically and emotionally.
Day 51, April 5
Passion—ever growing and deepening.
Day 52, April 6
Day 53, April 7
Day 54, April 8
Good fighting—not a lack of conflict, but healthy conflict that will lead to redemption.
Day 55, April 9
Listening, for each spouse to be and to feel heard.
Day 56, April 10
Compassion and empathy.
Day 57, April 11
To be known—that spouses will study each other, understanding that we grow and change, that they will want to understand and know and love well.
Day 58, April 12
Pursuit—that spouses will pursue actively and constantly and in ways that make sense to each other.
Day 59, April 13
Romance! On both parts.
Day 60, April 14
Day 61, April 15
Friendship with each other.
Day 62, April 16
Fun—that having fun (whatever that looks like) will be a priority and that the relationship will be filled with laughter.
Day 63, April 17
To be challenged by each other, mentally and spiritually, and to continue encouraging each other in those specific areas.
Day 64, April 18
Consistency and dependability.
Day 65, April 19
Day 66, April 20
Dreams—that couples will dream together no matter how long they’ve been married.
Day 67, April 21
Sense of humor—that couples will not take life too seriously and will approach things light-heartedly when appropriate and will laugh together.