My grandma had a plaque hanging in her kitchen and I read it over and over again as a kid.
There’s a really good chance you have read it somewhere. Before I tell you what it said, I want to say this.
If someone were to ask you if you want a strong or weak marriage, my guess is you would say, “Of course I want a strong marriage.”
Christian marriage counselors may sit around somewhere and debate about what is the greatest thing Christian couples can do for their marriage. Some of them may disagree with what I am about to say but I am okay with that.
I believe the single greatest thing I can do to strengthen my marriage is to pray with my wife Carol on a daily basis.
Want a strong marriage? Pray with your spouse.
If your spouse is not open to praying together this Tip is not directed towards you. I have compassion for your situation and want to ask you to continue to pray and ask God to soften their heart. God understands it is out of your hands and He is crazy about you.
If your spouse is open to it, jump in. Start today. Go for it.
You may have heard me say before; you may just not feel like it. Carol and I really get that! I am a minister for crying out loud and I don’t feel like praying everyday with Carol.
Question: What do you do if you wake up and don’t feel like doing the work you need to get done? I know your answer. You get up and get it done. Right? You forget about how you feel and you get to work.
I have had countless Christian couples say to me, “The truth is we just don’t feel like it. We don’t pray together because we don’t feel like it. I don’t know what it is but we just don’t feel like it.”
Let’s not forget what prayer is, plain and simple. Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is when we communicate with our Heavenly Father, The Lord Jesus and The Holy Spirit.
Move beyond your feelings and start talking to God together regardless of how you feel and watch what The Lord does.
Keep a calendar that has a month at a glance on it and put a P.T. on the days that you pray together. When you get to the next month, have your goal be to pray more than you did the previous month. Get an accountability partner of the same sex and have them hold you to it.
So what did the plaque say?
Here it is:
“Seven Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak.”
Pray on, friends.