Ready to explore praying as a couple? If you're like Sarah and me, you've encountered obstacles on the prayer journey. We have faced and overcome challenges and still are. We understand the struggles among couples to pray together, ranging from the discomfort of praying aloud to finding the time and praying correctly. Yet, along with you, we're humbled by answered prayers. On our Collection Page, we respond to common concerns, offering practical solutions. We share our experiences, including one valuable lesson we learned during the first year of marriage.
What Does the Lack of Goodwill Look Like in a Man?
I always prefer to assume goodwill in my audience. Calling someone goodwilled is not the same as calling them perfect. Clearly all of us are broken, sinful, and capable of mistakes daily. But I believe the vast majority do so with goodwill in their hearts.
Have You Learned Yet What a “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving” Is?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the apostle Paul reminded the church in Thessalonica, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (5:18). This is one of four times in which Scripture clearly tells us what the will of God is. I call these the four universal wills of God, and I have written about them extensively in my book, The Four Wills of God, and how our following these four universal wills of God can lead to learning His unique will for us in our individual lives.
How Do I Ask My Husband if He Prays for Me?
How do I ask my husband if he prays for me? Or should I not ask and hope he does? When a wife asks her husband, “Did you pray for me?” often times she does so in such a way that her husband hears a potential “gotcha” behind this question. Many are leery of why she asks, since he knows he prays less than she does; and he is also very aware of how often he forgets to pray at all, let alone pray for his wife specifically.
Give a Sacrifice of Praise to God This Thanksgiving
The Bible commands us to give thanks as a sacrifice of praise. The writer of Hebrews penned, "let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name . . . for with such sacrifices God is pleased" (Hebrews 13:15–16).When our prayers are answered, when healing comes, when financial blessings rain down upon us, most of us are liberal to give thanks and praise to God (as we certainly should). But that is not what is meant by a “sacrifice of praise.” Hopefully, it is not much of a sacrifice to give praise for the great things in your life.
Mothers: Find Comfort in Looking to God
On Mother’s Day, as a mother you can find comfort in looking to God to help you in your parenting. How reassuring it is for us that Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as our Helper (John 14:16). I love His description. He is the Helper because we need help. How simple is that? And, it is okay to need help. It is most appropriate to echo the psalmist, "Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts” (Psalm 119:173). Will you ask God to help you because you have chosen to follow the precepts He reveals to you as a parent?
In a Time of Trial? This Prayer May Help
The following prayer is for anyone going through deep waters in his or her marriage and needing God’s sustaining love and help. Lord, whether or not my marriage turns around, I know You are using this struggle to reveal more of Yourself to me. I thank You for that because I need You in so many ways right now.
6 Prayers For Mothers to Pray Based on the Word of God
James says we have not because we ask not, so praying is fundamental (James 4:2). There is power in asking! There is less of God’s power when we do not ask. We receive less when we are remiss in asking. But because we ask does not mean we always receive. Jesus prayed three times for the cup of suffering to pass (Matthew 26:44). The apostle Paul thrice prayed for the thorn in the flesh to be removed (2 Corinthians 12:8). God did not answer their specific prayers.
Experiencing the Presence of God, Part 2
As we discussed in part one, we can fully devote ourselves to the Lord whether we are celibate and undistracted or married and distracted. The point is simply to draw near to God and begin to experience His awesome presence in your life. When we do, good things happen. God's Peace - Do you want the peace of God? A wife wrote me…
Experiencing The Presence of God
Emerson and Jonathan discuss how to experience the presence of God this week. As you draw near to God, you can experience God Himself. You can fully devote yourself to the Lord whether you are celibate and undistracted or married and distracted. The point is simply to draw near to God and begin to experience His awesome presence in your life. When you do, good things happen.
Do the Prayers of a Person Make a Difference in Their War Room?
Emerson recently saw the movie "War Room" and came away thinking about the topic of prayer and reflecting on the legacy of prayer in his family. Emerson believes the prayers of his grandmother, whom he never knew, as well as another godly woman, impacted his family significantly. Praying for our spouse, children, and others is something many of us are missing out on. The impact can be significant!
4 Prayers That Will Impact Your Marriage
Can prayer impact your relationship? Emerson and Jonathan look at four areas where an individual or couple can invite God in. The Presence, Peace, Power, and Purpose of God are examined through four specific prayers and corresponding Bible verses.