‘I always thank God when I pray for you!’ Philemon 4
Being grateful for, and to, one another is so very important in marriage. Most of us feel taken for granted from time to time; whether it is for the financial provision and security we provide, emotional support or the never ending round of preparing meals and caring for the mundane needs of a family. We spend years encouraging our children to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ and appreciate it from one another too. Sometimes it is easier to say ‘thank you’ than others – those are probably the very occasions when we perhaps should just swallow our pride, our resentments and whatever else is causing a negative feeling and just say it! To our spouse and also to our Father God – giver of all good things and people.
Prayer (as a couple)
(each partner praying in turn) Loving Lord, thank you for … for all s/he does and is. Help me to express my gratitude and deliver me from dwelling on things about her/him that make me grumpy! I am truly grateful to You for giving us to each other. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Father, we pray for ___ and ___ going through a difficult time in their marriage relationship. Please open their eyes to the blessings You have given to each of them through each other. Amen
‘No matter what happens always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you’