“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
If you are married, I can’t encourage you strongly enough to make prayer a regular habit with your spouse. I have found that a lot of husbands balk at this. For one thing, their wives are often further down the road, spiritually speaking, and this is embarrassingly obvious when they pray together. In addition women seem to have an easier time expressing themselves verbally than guys do and so rattle off their prayers effortlessly.
But I tell guys that it’s worth eating a little humble pie for the benefits that come from praying with our wives. Over the years Sue and I have found several spots that work well for praying: on early morning walks that we take alongside our local river (even in the winter!), or on our knees beside our bed before retiring for the night, or on our cell phones as we head off in different directions at the beginning of the day. Choose a time and place that works best for you, catch each other up on personal and family concerns, and then pray.
–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource)
Gracious God, I pray for my marriage and for all marriage relationships, that spouses would humble themselves before You and pray together with one voice, just as you have made these couples one flesh. May we all have grace with one another so that we can pray in agreement for our families, our churches, and for the things that are on Your heart.
Give heartfelt praise to God as Jehovah-raah, “the Lord my shepherd.” Thank God for leading you into quiet places and restoring your soul as you meet him daily in prayer. Confess those times when you have resisted the discipline and guidance of his shepherd’s crook. Commit yourself to becoming so familiar with the Lord’s voice that you will follow him without hesitation or fear (Jn. 10:3-5). Ask God to give you a shepherd’s heart toward others.
Pray that the unsaved people you know will come to meet and love their Savior, who wants them to “have life, and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).