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“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5 NLT

Comment

Marriage has its challenges sometimes but the great thing about bringing God in to our lives through prayer is that he will enable us to bear fruit.

I am quite an anxious person and so I’ve had to learn to lean on God whenever I feel like that and he has given me peace. He has also given me a husband who has learned to be patient with me when I am insecure and anxious. There were times earlier in our marriage when he would feel frustrated and irritated but he leaned on God who grew his patience. We are so grateful for what God has and continues to do in our lives and in our marriage.

Peace and patience are some of the fruit we have received from Jesus as a result of praying together. What about you? What fruit can you see Jesus growing in your marriage?

Prayer (as a couple)

Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that you bear fruit in our lives, as individuals and as a couple. We thank you specifically for the fruit of _____. Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Lord Jesus, we thank you for the fruit you are bearing in the lives of _____ and _____. We thank you specifically for the fruit of _____ which is strengthening their marriage. Amen.

Final quote

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

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