12 Powerful Scriptures to Pray Over Your Marriage
What comes to mind when you think of marriage? Hopefully one thing is prayer. Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with the Lord, and the sacredness of marriage is one worth protecting – especially with praying Scripture.
There are many things you can pray for; however, we want to share 12 powerful Scriptures to pray over your marriage that are sure to grow the unconditional love, trust, unity, and intimacy with your spouse.
When needs go unmet and issues begin to arise, the love between a married couple can become pretty conditional. This type of love says, “If you do what I want (or what I need), then I’ll love you.” Not only is this dangerous territory, but it can fuel a skewed view of what love really is. To help ward off the temptation to love conditionally, consider praying these Scriptures:
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:14
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Trust plays a major role in experiencing true joy in marriage. Without it, there seems to be an ongoing gap that can often be filled with other things that may not be healthy marriage practices. Trusting your spouse also starts with trusting God with your marriage. Pray the following Scriptures to help build the trust in your relationship with both God, and your spouse:
“Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” – Psalm 9:10
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 3:3
Building unity in marriage can often be equivalent to a power lifter – in other words, it takes work. Agreeing to strive toward unity with your spouse also takes commitment, openness, and communication, just to name a few. This characteristic in marriage may seem like a given, but it may surprise you to know just how many marriages don’t actually experience true unity. To help build the unity in your marriage, consider praying these Scriptures:
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24
“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” – Matthew 19:6
Intimacy in marriage goes far beyond the physical marriage bed. It involves connecting with your spouse in the deepest possible ways: socially, emotionally, and spiritually. As with the aforementioned ways to pray, intimacy is no different. It takes a conscious effort and the ongoing choice to say, “Yes, I choose you!” every single day. Enhance the intimacy in your marriage by praying the following Scriptures:
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love always.” – Proverbs 5:18-19
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.” – Proverbs 18:22
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” – Ephesians 5:25-27
How to Pray Powerful Scriptures Over Your Marriage
Now that you have some war room style Scriptures to pray over your marriage, we’d like to share a few practical ways to declare and decree them for your special covenant. For starters, make the Scriptures personal by using your names. For example-
“Father, above all, help (your spouses’ name and I) love each other deeply, because we know and believe that love covers a multitude of sins.” – Example of how to pray 1 Peter 4:8
Another idea is to write the Scriptures in a prayer journal. If you keep a prayer journal, it’s neat to go back and see how the Father answered them. Last but not least, consider writing the Scriptures on notecards and posting them around your home. You can also keep them by the bed and pray them at night with your spouse.
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