Marriage is said to be a gift from the Lord. It is a physical representation of our relationship with God. The intimacy of marriage is a picture of our unity with Christ. Becoming one flesh is the heart of marriage.
God created marriage for us but also for Himself. It is the ultimate display of God’s glory, designed to reveal to the world what true and pure love looks like—divine and everlasting.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…”—1 Corinthians 13:4-8
When Marriage Gets Tough
It is not really a question of if but rather when marriage will get tough. Every marriage experiences bumps along the journey. It is not natural for us to love as 1 Corinthians describes. In our Adamic nature, we are selfish and impatient.
But the good news is that when you are born again, you are given a new heart! You are equipped with the Holy Spirit to put on the mind of Christ and begin living out this radical love!
The Lord never said there would not be difficult times in your life and your marriage, but He did promise to supply your every need and complete the good work He has begun in you…
- “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:19
- “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”—Philippians 1:6
Instead of waiting until marriage gets tough, we want to encourage you to start protecting this beautiful blessing today.
Pray for Protection | The Enemy’s Schemes
The devil has it out for marriages. By reading the passage in 1 Corinthians and exploring the beauty true love holds, it is no surprise that Satan wants to attack and distort it to stop any advancement of God’s kingdom.
What would happen if Christians today started loving each other in that way? What would our marriages look like if we took out any grain of selfish ambition or jealousy?
This is where our prayers for protection can begin. Praying for awareness against any assignment the enemy has against our marital unions. Praying to hear the truth of God over the amplified background noise of the devil.
The enemy wants to turn up our spouse’s faults so loud in our mind that we see no option but to dismantle the relationship that God has united.
Pray… Father God, expose every lie the enemy has put up against my marriage. Expose every deceitful thought. Lord, if there is any offensive way in me, let it be known so that the enemy doesn’t have anything on me. Lord, I pray that anything that sets itself up against You is dismantled in the name of Jesus.
- “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”—2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Pray for Protection | Repentance
Repentance is not about guilt—it is about the freedom to turn from our sin and return to God. Blessings flow out of a repentant heart. It opens the doors for the Lord to come in and turn a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. The Potter transforms the clay into a magnificent piece of art that has a kingdom purpose.
Pray… Father God, cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me. Change my perception and help me see my spouse as You see her/him. Reveal any impure motives that stand in the way of your glory being released into my marriage.
- “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness… Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”—Psalm 51:1-2, 7-10
Pray for Protection | Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not easy, especially when the hurt runs deep. But it is something we should pursue and choose to do daily. Here is the key… living a life of forgiveness is impossible unless you call upon the strength of the Lord.
He never intended for you to forgive in your own efforts, but to seek His forgiveness first; then the Spirit allows you to extend forgiveness to others.
Pray… Father God, You are the Healer and are full of compassion and gentle love. You have forgiven me, so help me walk in forgiveness for my spouse. Help me love in such a way that it reveals your forgiveness and that your will be accomplished. You promise all things work for the good of those who love You. I will wait expectantly and trust for what You have promised.
- “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”—Micah 7:7
- “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.”—Psalm 130:5
What Is the Next Step?
The choice is yours. But ultimately, to walk in a covenant marriage, seeking the Lord must come first…
Spend time in His Word every day. Ask the Spirit to reveal His will to you through the scriptures you read and guide you in a protective prayer over your covenant marriage.
- Surround yourself with godly counsel that can pray with you and for you. Seek biblical wisdom from someone who has journeyed through marriage and can provide encouragement and insights that you may not have
- Pray with intercessors who speak truth into your life and meet with you in the Spirit, guiding you to a breakthrough!
If you would like intercessory prayer, schedule a 1-on-1 prayer appointment HERE. We want to come into agreement with you so that you can walk victoriously!