If you want a thriving marriage, if you want to see God’s power in your lives, and if you want Him to transform your hearts and home, here are 10 prayers to strengthen your marriage.
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Do you want a thriving marriage? Of course, you do! But strong marriages don’t happen by accident. They require sacrifice, effort, and lots and lots of prayer!
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in any Christian’s arsenal. It is a gift of direct communication with God and a conduit for His work in our lives. Among many other things, it can help us create strong and lasting marriage bonds. We should all be praying for our marriages on a daily basis!
If your spouse doesn’t pray or won’t pray with you, don’t let that stop you! Even if you have to do it alone, continue to fight on your knees in prayer. Trust that God will honor your faithfulness, hear your prayers, and respond to your faith.
Prayer changes our hearts, defends us against the enemy, and produces God’s fruit in our lives. If you want a thriving marriage, if you want to see God’s power in your lives, and if you want Him to transform your hearts and home, here are 10 prayers to strengthen your marriage.
10 Prayers to Strengthen Your Marriage
Lift up your marriage to the Lord and watch His faithfulness in action with these prayers for your marriage.
1. A Prayer of Gratitude
Lord, we thank You for each other and for Your work in our marriage. Open our eyes to the blessings in our union and make us more aware of the goodness of Your guiding hand. May we rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, even when we do not feel like doing so.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Psalm 106:1
- Ephesians 5:20
- Philippians 4:6-7
2. A Prayer for a Christ-Centered Marriage
Father, help us build a Christ-centered marriage. We seek you first above all else, knowing that when we do, You will supply everything else we need. Open our eyes and our hearts to the bigger picture and greater purpose of marriage, to the truth that Your design was not for our personal happiness, but rather a reflection of Your holiness. Search our hearts and motives and reveal where we have built our marriage on anything other than you. Rout out all selfishness and anything else we put before You.
- Matthew 6:33
- Colossians 3:2
- Genesis 2:18
- Ecclesiastes 4:12
- Ephesians 5:22-24
- Ephesians 5:25-33
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3. A Prayer For Healthy Communication
God, I pray for strong and healthy communication in our marriage. Teach us how to communicate thoughtfully and effectively. Open our hearts and minds toward each other, breaking down any dividing walls we have constructed between us. Help us control our tongues to speak with respect and honor, kindness and love. Give us courage to address difficult conversations, and provide the words that will speak to each other’s hearts. May our conversations always be full of grace and seasoned with salt.
- Colossians 4:6
- Proverbs 12:18
- Proverbs 15:1
- Proverbs 18:13
- James 1:19
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4. A Prayer to Grow in Unity
Heavenly Father, strengthen our bonds of unity. Help us grow together as a united front. Rid our marriage of anything that is divisive or corrosive. Work in our hearts by Your Spirit to reveal anything displeasing to You, and sanctify us through and through so we can become more like You. Bring us closer to each other as we draw closer to You.
- Ephesians 4:3
- 2 Corinthians 13:11
- Philippians 2:2
5. A Prayer for Greater Intimacy
Lord, I pray for greater physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy in our marriage. Reveal to us any destructive behaviors or thought patterns that are undermining that intimacy. Heal our hearts of any hurts, trauma, or brokenness that might be standing in our way. Bless our commitment to honor You and honor each other through our marriage.
- Genesis 2:24
- Proverbs 5:18-19
- Ecclesiastes 9:9
- Song of Solomon
- Now You’re Speaking My Language, Gary Chapman
- Intended for Pleasure, Ed & Gaye Wheat
- Sheet Music, Kevin Leman
- Closer: A Realistic Book About Intimacy for Christian Marriages, Adrian & Celia Reynolds
6. A Prayer for Loving Hearts
God, help us love each other as You have loved us — not just with words but in action. Fill our hearts with humility, gentleness, and patience towards each other. Grow your fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Teach us how to love each other in greater measure with the unconditional, sacrificial love of Christ.
- John 15:12
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
- Ephesians 4:2-3
- Ephesians 4:32
- Colossians 3:12-15
- 1 John 3:18
7. A Prayer Against Attacks
God, we ask for divine protection against anything trying to attack our marriage. Help us put on our armor and shore up our defenses. Reveal our weak spots. Give us wisdom to prevent Satan from gaining any kind of foothold. Help us recognize his schemes for what they are, and give us the strength to fight them. We pray for a spiritual umbrella of protection over our marriage and our home.
- Job 5:12
- Matthew 19:6 & Mark 10:9
- Ephesians 4:26-27
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- 1 Peter 5:8
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8. A Prayer to Resist Temptation
Heavenly Father, help us resist any temptations that may threaten our union. Give us strength to flee at the first signs of danger, and wisdom to avoid putting ourselves in potentially slippery situations. Help us build hedges of protection around our marriage that will keep our hearts pure towards each other and towards You.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- James 4:7
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9. A Prayer For Forgiveness
Father, help us forgive each other for hurts and offenses. Remind us of how You have forgiven us of so much whenever we are tempted to hold on to our grudges. Open our hearts to receive Your restoration and our hands to release our resentment. May no bitterness take root in our marriage, and may our hearts be full of peace.
- Ephesians 4:32
- Colossians 3:13
- Hebrews 12:15
10. A Prayer For When There’s Conflict
Lord, we bring our conflict to Your capable hands. No matter how difficult this situation seems or insurmountable this obstacle appears, we know You are greater. Search our hearts and reveal to each of us where we have erred or caused pain. Help us understand each other’s motivations, desires, and intentions. Show us truths in Your Word to guide us, bring us to the right people and resources to help us, and lead us to resolution.
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Of course, there are many, many other prayers you can pray to strengthen your marriage and Scriptures you can use, but these ten prayers are a great place to start for a strong and thriving marriage.
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