What are you praying for – and over – your spouse?
Do you use scripture verses?
When you don’t have your own words,
Or can’t find words,
Turn to the One who has and is ALL.

Uplift with Prayer
Have courage.

When I was a child, my German grandmother taught me my first bedtime prayer. It was a child’s rote prayer:

 “Ich bin klein, mein Herz ist rein. Soll neimand drin wohnen, als Jesus allein.”

(“I am small, my heart is pure. Let no one live in it but Jesus alone.”)

Robert recalls saying “Grace” with his family at the dinner table when he grew up:

“For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.”

Sometimes the shortest prayer is, “Dear Lord, HELP!” Prayer can start with a small shoot, and grow into a mighty tree. Think of a tall, mature, tree – with its branches filled with leaves and spread wide… what a blessing that shade can be under a scorching sun.

When we were babies, we didn’t have the ability to communicate with words – yet our caregivers could take one look at us and understand our needs.  If you’re a mom or dad, you know what I mean.

Prayer is conversation with God.  Our loving heavenly Father.

Have courage – just begin.

Then develop.

By taking your

concerns and fears and worries and hopes and anger, and tears, and regrets, and desires, and embarrassments, and failures, and ills, and decisions, and misunderstandings, and thoughts, and thanks

to God

You can release everything into His care.

He cares.

Prayer changes things.

Lift up your spouse.

A few suggestions because learning to pray is a process…

from Scripture:

  • pray that your spouse would “Trust in the Lord with all (his/her) heart, and lean not on (his/her) own understanding.”  This is adapted from Proverbs 3:5 .
  • pray that he/she can “Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.” from 1Thessalonians 5:18
  • pray that he/she has “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” from Philippians 4:7
Take a look at this blog post from The Time Warp Wife.  She has downloadable prayer cards with many ideas.


I’ve found Stormie Omartian’s books to be a solid resource when praying for Robert and our adult children. If you’d like free ideas, there’s a list of 30 ways to pray for your husband  here at Family life.

31 Days:

Is a deeper prayer life part of your focus for 2013?  Start by focusing on your spouse – take a look at this 31 Days of Praying for Your Husband from Revive our Hearts.

(I’m sorry – most of these resources are for wives to pray for their husbands – but I’m sure if you’re a husband, you can  adapt these ideas.)

What does the Bible say about praying for each other?

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:2

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18

To read more about what the Bible says about praying for each other click here.

How my husband prays…

Robert prays for me – I hear his prayers when we’re together. I also know when his office door is closed in the morning, he is on his knees reaching out to God. He prays for our family, including our adult children with their concerns. He prays for his parents who are in the midst of some challenges. He prays for my widowed mother.  He prays for our congregational members, and God’s work – spreading the Gospel. He prays for our daily life and our finances. He kneels at the side of our bed and we pray together. Often, he’ll come in from a drive and mention  he turned off the radio and just had a chat with the Lord all the way home.

Over at Women Living Well, Courtney has begun a challenge. A Valentine challenge.  The first task is to praise my husband verbally. The first thought that came to mind was how much I appreciate how Robert has been drawn to pray during this season of our life. I do feel like his prayers are like a huge oak tree with wide branches covering me. (And yes, I’ll be telling him – hopefully before he reads this! 😉 )

So, now you know how Robert prays for me…

How do you pray for your spouse?

Leave a comment – share what you’re asking and we all can join together in prayer.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19

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