Day 8

The Release of The SPIRIT

 

Spouse

 

Pray for Your Spouse

 

For those who are married, building spiritual intimacy with your husband or wife is important. There are three things you can implement to help build that intimacy:

 

1. Verbally express your prayer requests to each other, even if you think your spouse knows you well enough to know how to pray for you. This is humbling, but it helps cultivate openness and honesty in the relationship. This, in turn, opens you to the Holy Spirit’s activity.

 

2. It is important to develop the confidence to pray conversationally—out loud—with others. The ideal place to start is with your own spouse, verbalizing prayers out loud as you pray together.

 

3. Praying for each other in spiritual agreement is powerful. I had been a full-time pastor for about fifteen years when I went through a season of discouragement that lasted for several months. There seemed no reason for it. The church was doing well, our family was doing well, and nothing bad was happening. I was just discouraged all the time, like I was living under an annoying cloud. One evening in our weekly prayer time, Sandi prayed fervently in Jesus’ name that this discouragement would break and that the spiritual oppression disburse. I had never honestly heard her pray so aggressively for me, but something broke in the spiritual realm and the cloud of discouragement vanished.

 

There is power in praying together, and a deeper spiritual intimacy will develop as you share openly in conversation. Opening up invites healthy critique and accountability with your spouse, and agreeing in prayer places you both before a compassionate God.

 

Pray the Scriptures:

Psalm 145:17–21

Matthew 18:19, 20

Ephesians 5:31–33

 

Focus Today:

Take intentional time today to share prayer requests and pray out loud with your spouse.

Not everyone on this prayer journey has a spouse. If that is you, share this day’s entry with a friend or family member who is married, and say a specific prayer for that couple today.

 

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:18)

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