Today's dare: ASK YOUR SPOUSE IF YOU CAN BEGIN PRAYING TOGETHER. TALK ABOUT THE BEST TIME TO DO THIS. USE THIS TIME TO COMMIT YOUR CONCERNS, DISAGREEMENTS, AND NEEDS BEFORE THE LORD. DON'T FORGET TO THANK HIM FOR HIS PROVISION AND BLESSING.
Okay, honestly, I think this is where Frank and I fail the most. We do NOT pray together on a regular basis. We each have our own individual prayer time, but not together. Every so often, we will start to and we will do it for a little while. But for some reason we stop. The mornings are too crowded with kids and noise. And at night, we are so tired, we forget. Pitiful, I know.
Within marriage, praying together can work wonders on every level of your relationship. The unity that grows between husband and wife who regularly pray together forms a bond like no other. It's hard to stay mad at the one you are praying with... and for.
Praying FOR your spouse leads your heart to care on a deeper level for them. And God is pleased when He sees us humbling ourselves before Him... together.
I am sure that you all have heard the phrase "agree to disagree"? Well, that doesn't always work at my house (usually on my part. Frank doesn't really have a problem with this). But when we agree together in prayer, even in the middle of a disagreement, it puts us back on common ground and helps us to remember what really matters.
I don't know why we have such a hard time doing this. Really I don't. I DO feel that it is extremely important to pray as individuals AND as a couple. I want God to bless every nook and cranny of my marriage. No stone left unturned. So, no more lame excuses... well, no more excuses period...