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Scripture:

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:21 NIV

Comment:

In our early marriage my husband and I found it hard to pray together. We couldn’t seem to settle into a prayer rhythm that worked for us. During those years I mostly prayed alone or with a prayer partner. But we struggled on, and over time we have learned to converse with God, back and forth, each chiming in as we move from subject to subject.

Perhaps you would love to pray with your spouse, but they’re not interested. Even when couples do pray together, there is great value in having a trusted same-gender friend to pray with regularly. My prayer partner and I have seen God answer in amazing ways. Also, it takes some of the prayer-and-share pressure off the marriage, which is a healthy thing. So don’t give up praying. If your spouse isn’t ready for it, phone a friend!

Prayer (as a couple):

Heavenly Father, please teach us how to pray together in a helpful way. Lead us to friends who can pray with us individually.

Prayer (for others):

Lord Jesus, we especially pray for ______ who is struggling because their spouse doesn’t know you. Bring ______ into a relationship with you and help ________ to be loving and patient.

Quote:

‘Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real.’ Gordon B. Hinckley

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