10/16/20 Marriage and Prayer

READING: 2 Kings 24-25, 2 Chronicles 36, Psalm 126, 1 Peter 3

I often consider the question, “Do I love Pam as Christ loves the church?” I want to do so, and I think I continue to grow in this area even after almost 30 years of marriage. I need to continue to love her wholly and sacrificially, ever striving to strengthen our relationship for God’s glory.

Moreover, I’m reminded today that my relationship with my wife has a direct effect on my prayers (1 Pet 3:7). If I don’t have a strong relationship with my spouse, it’s impossible for me to have a strong relationship with God. I cannot best honor Him if I don’t honor the woman He gave me. Not loving my wife as Christ loves the church is sin – and sin always gets in the way of effective praying.

I want to pray well; indeed, I want to pray well for my wife every day. I certainly don’t want my own sin to get in the way of God’s hearing those prayers.

How about you? If you’re married, does your prayer life help or hurt your marriage? 

PRAYER: “God, help me treat my wife as You require—and pray well for her.”  

TOMORROW’S READING: Weekend is for catch-up and review

MONDAY’S READING: Lamentations 1-5, Psalm 137, 1 Peter 4