By: Mandy Hill
“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” (James 5:16-17)
During our ten years of marriage, my husband and I have been through some pretty rough waters.
I specifically remember when I was pregnant with our daughter. My soul was stirred often to pray for her safety….I would share this with my husband and he would usually take the lead and pray for her.
There was nothing about my pregnancy that gave us reason to believe we were in for a rough journey ahead. My pregnancy was textbook; until I woke up the morning I entered 32 weeks gestation, delivering her just a few short hours later; very prematurely. The days that followed were exhausting and scary. However, God had prepared our hearts, He urged us to pray; and we now have a beautiful miracle named Sophia to remind us of those times we spent seeking The Lord for her.
There are many more moments we can recount, where we sought the Lord together. Many times when I felt too weak to call out, and my husband took the lead. Others, when my husband would ask me to intercede on his behalf. There’s something incredibly intimate about seeking The Lord together.
I love the scripture from James 5:16-17: “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.”
Sometimes, in ministry especially, there are few people I feel I can really trust. My husband, however, has been proven to be a real pillar of strength when life seems overwhelming. Holding his hand and praying together is not only comforting, but it also makes our relationship stronger. I count it my privilege to intercede on his behalf as well; it’s something I don’t take lightly.
Can your spouse count on you to lift up his/her needs if they ask? If this is something difficult for you both, plan a time to discuss solutions in making it easier.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful treasure of marriage. Jesus, I ask that You will constantly remind us to share with our spouse our prayer requests, and spend precious moments in prayer for them daily! Let us take these requests seriously, and count it as a blessing and a privilege to lift our spouse up to You. In Jesus name, amen.