Prayer. I admit that it’s never come easily to me. Honestly, most of the time I don’t even feel very good at it! But I do believe in the power of intentional prayer. Which is why a few years ago I wrote a post about how I incorporate intentionally praying for my husband into everyday life.
I think it was in Sunday school that I learned how a godly marriage can be compared to a triangle with both spouses forming the base with God at the very top. That’s a pretty good illustration. Instead of focusing on things that I, or you, can do for our marriage, these 30 days of prayer prompts allow me to focus on what God can do for my husband and for our marriage.
Confession? When I started this 30-Day Challenge, I felt a little silly–this was really the first time I’d done something as intentional as this with my prayer life–but I felt in my heart it was something I needed to focus on so I did it. And boy, has it made a difference! This month of intentional prayer has taught me so much! It has opened my eyes to areas I need to work on in my marriage and it’s helped me understand how to be a better partner to my husband. It’s been a month of growth, my friends!
And now you can experience the same blessings!
4 Ways to Make Intentional Prayer for Your Spouse a Habit
1. Print out your 30 DAYS OF PRAYER prompt cards
To help myself (and you) intentionally pray for my husband, I’ve created printable cards with a prayer prompt for each of the thirty days in this challenge. Just print out the printable pack on medium-weight cardstock, cut out the cards, and use a hole punch and binder ring to attach the whole thing together into a convenient little booklet perfect to carry with you in your purse or leave on your nightstand by your Bible.
I’ve also included some blank prompt cards for you to print out and personalize as well as a Day 31 card in case you’re completing this challenge in a month like this one. My hope is that you’ll use the blank prompt cards to pray for specific areas in your marriage that weigh on your heart.
2. Establish your own prayer routine.
Because we’re focusing on intentional prayer for your spouse, you should definitely think about scheduling a specific time to pray for your spouse. If you already have a prayer or Bible reading routine, you could add this challenge to your routine or, if you’re just starting out like me, you can add an appointment to your phone calendar to remind you to take a moment and pray for your spouse.
Remember that your prayer time doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s and you can make time for prayer no matter how busy your life is!
3. Keep a prayer journal.
I’m a much better writer than a speaker so I find that writing down my prayers really helps me keep them more intentional (and a little less rambly). For this challenge, I might write something like this for my Day 21 prompt:
I pray that Zach will lean on you during the stressful times he encounters during this deployment. Remind him that You are always with him every step of the way and that he can count on Your wisdom to guide him during his missions.
As you can see, every day I’m delving deeper into the daily prompt and applying it to our current situation. Don’t forget to make these prayer prompts yours! Keeping a prayer journal can help you be more intentional about your daily prayers and, if you’re anything like me, can help you make it a habit.
4. Invite your spouse to participate in intentional prayer with you.
Print out two copies of these 30-day prayer prompts and give one to your spouse! Both of you can complete the challenge either individually or together and you can keep each other accountable in your weekly meetings.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18: 20 (NIV)
I hope that using this challenge will bless other couples as much as it has blessed us!
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