Along with praying for your spouse, be sure to let your spouse know that you’re there for him or her. Be an encouragement. If your spouse is a believer and is struggling in his or her faith, try saying something like, “I sense that you’re faltering, you’re scared, you’re afraid, you don’t have the faith right now, but let me allow you to ride on my faith for awhile.” That can be empowering to your spouse.

First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage each other and build each other up.” When your spouse is faint at heart, you can be “God with skin on” to him or her. You can comfort, pray with, and encourage your spouse. Besides, somewhere down the road you may hit a dry patch and need your spouse to do the same for you.

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