Transform Your Marriage through the Power of Prayer
- Saturday, March 10, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Stormie Omartian's book, The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage, (Harvest House Publishers, 2009).
If you've been dealing with challenging issues in your marriage for a while, it may seem like your relationship will never change. But don't let your frustration get the best of you. While you and your spouse's own efforts to change may fail, God will change your marriage if you pray. Prayer has the power to accomplish what nothing else can.
Here's how you can use the power of prayer to change your marriage:
Understand important truths about change. Everyone needs to change, because God wants every person to keep growing to become more like Him as long as they live. Since God is in the business of changing people, there's always hope for change. You and your spouse can change, no matter how tough the struggles you face. Being married creates the perfect opportunity for change because it helps you see how much you need to grow as a person.
However, you can't change your spouse - only God can. Your job is to accept your spouse as he or she is and pray for God to work in his or her life. Only God can bring about changes that will last. Go to Him often confessing your need to be changed and inviting Him to continue His good work in your life.
Take authority over your marriage. Whenever you encounter a tough situation in your marriage, take authority over it with prayer in Jesus' name to release God's power to work in both you and your spouse's lives. Pray regularly for your spouse and your marriage. Thank God for the hope you have in Him.
Be willing to repent. God is looking for a repentant heart in you before He will help change your marriage. Tell God that you are willing to see your errors and clean house on your own soul, no matter how you've been offended by what your spouse has done. Ask God to help you see the truth about yourself before you pray the same for your spouse. God can do miracles in your marriage if you're willing to humble yourself and repent of your own part in making it unhealthy.
Pray about communication breaking down. Ask God to help you and your spouse to always trust each other enough to share your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly with each other. Pray for God to teach you how to communicate well through the time you spend with Him in prayer regularly. Ask Him to help you speak positive words that encourage your spouse and avoid speaking negative words that tear your spouse down. Pray for God to show you how to listen to each other well.
Ask for the wisdom you need to speak the right words at the right times. Don't let Satan's plan to cause strife in your marriage through miscommunication succeed. Ask God to help you both settle disagreements in healthy, productive, and loving ways. Pray for God to bring you into unity with Him and each other.
Pray about anger, rudeness, or abuse that is poisoning your relationship. Ask God to fill your hearts with peace so there will be no room for anger. Pray for the grace you need to treat each other well - with love and respect. Ask for restraint to help you avoid using anger as a weapon or having it drive a wedge between you and your spouse. Pray to have God's perspective on your spouse so you can recognize all that's good about him or her and think the best (not the worst).
Whenever you get frustrated about something, pray about it, bringing your needs to God and trusting Him to help you. Ask God to help you love each other from pure hearts and good conscience. Pray to be set free from whatever is fueling your destructive anger. Ask God for forgiveness, and to heal the wounds in your marriage and restore it to health.
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