We introduced him to his heavenly Father as we prayed, "Lord, here is our son. Thank you for the gift of his precious life and for the privilege of being his parents. We release him into your healing arms."

Then we cried.

The Bible says that a three-stranded cord is not easily broken. The three of us — Jesus, Ron, and I — were braided together through prayer. As a result, our prayers held us together during a tragedy that might have destroyed us. Instead, our marriage was strengthened. The cord that bound us together that day has grown even stronger as we’ve embraced the power of prayer and learned to ask the Lord to order our steps to accomplish His will.

Every marriage has problems and conflicts, but don’t be discouraged. Through prayer, God can give us His strength and comfort. He wants to build us up and encourage us as couples. Christian marriages have a tremendous advantage. We can call on the majestic power of the Creator of the universe to guide us through the storms and trials of life.

If your prayer life as a couple is less frequent or less powerful than you'd like it to be, make your commitment to pray together the subject of a New Year's Resolution. Perhaps you could buy a book about praying as a couple and begin to read a few pages each day and spend some time praying for each other. Even if it feels awkward at first, persevere. Soon you will experience a deeper knowledge of the Lord's presence in your life and add a new dimension to your marriage.

You’ll have the strength to face uncertain times if you ask for the guidance of your Certain Savior.

Adapted from Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage (Kregel Publications 2004)

Author Nancy C. Anderson (www.NancyCAnderson.com) and her husband, Ron, recently celebrated their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. Together they conduct couples' retreats and marriage seminars to help others to predict, prevent or pardon infidelity.

Read more articles by author Nancy C. Anderson:

Is Your Marriage Malnourished?
The Warning Signs of Infidelity
"Small Stuff" Can Ruin Our Families
Forgiving the Unforgivable: Adultery
Five Creative Dates for Couples
Have You Lost that Lovin' Feelin'?
Can a Christian Marriage Survive an Affair?
Avoid the 'Greener Grass' Syndrome: Water Your Own Marriage
Is Your Home a Danger Zone for Your Marriage?
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