31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Proverbs 16:3}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 16:3

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:3

In April of 1999, Scott and I received the devastating news we would most likely be unable to conceive children of our own. It was a Wednesday and that night during choir practice we both struggled to sing about the faithfulness of God. We felt abandoned and forgotten by the very God about which we were singing.

Our plans were not to be. And we were faced with a choice: would we trust God even when it was hard and painful.

While we agonized over the dreams we felt would never be … God was working out His plan in our lives. One that would bring Him far greater glory and was for our good in ways we could not even imagine.

Less than a year later, Casiday Hope Underwood was born … and in that room at Helen Keller Memorial Hospital there was a hush as we looked at this baby, this true miracle, and knew — in a way we would never have known otherwise — the true faithfulness and goodness of God.

His plan is always for our good … and always brings Him glory.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 16:3

Lord, You know the dreams and plans we have for ourselves and our marriage and our family.  But today, we commit those plans to You … because we CHOOSE to trust You and walk in confidence that Your plan for us is always greater than anything we could plan for ourselves. And we know You are always acting for our good.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Proverbs 14:1}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 14:1

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 14:1

We’ve never built a house before … but I hear it can be one of the hardest things a married couple ever does. Making all those decisions about light fixtures and paint colors opens the door for all kinds of disagreement, I suppose.

But what about building a home? Why don’t we ever seriously consider how hard that task it?

Scott and I have been married for almost 19 years and in that time we’ve lived in six different houses. The priority for both of us has always been to build a home regardless of the house.

For us, building a home means creating space for people. 

Our home isn’t just about us — it’s an opportunity to share our lives with others, to fellowship and do life together. We want others to feel welcome and comfortable. We want it to be a place where laughter and grace abound … where there is room to fail and celebration of success.

What are your desires for your home? Have you spent time considering what you want it to be … and how to make sure you achieve those desires?

Building a home is a gift … treasure it!

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 14:1

Lord, give us wisdom to build our home.  May we create space for growth and grace, for friends and family, for love and laughter.  Create in us hearts of hospitality to share the blessings You have graciously given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Proverbs 12:4}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4

Oh y’all … ever smelled some rotten potatoes? We had some a few months ago in our pantry. It was G.R.O.S.S. The odor was overpowering and it took several methods to finally get rid of it.

When I read this verse in Proverbs, I think about how awful that rotten smell is. I don’t want to be the rotten smell in my marriage.

What does it mean to bring our husbands shame?

For me, I think it all boils down how we treat him and how we talk about him.  A few years ago I wrote several posts with ways to build our marriages. Among those posts was one about speaking well of our husbands.  Here are few of the suggestions …

1.  Speak well of him in your prayers.   Rather than asking God to change him, spend some time asking God to show you how to pray for this man in your life.

2.  Speak well of him to yourself.  Remind yourself of those things you love about your husband.

3.  Speak well of him to your children.

{Read the rest of  10 Ways to Speak Well of Your Husband.}

Treating our husbands with respect is one of the most precious gifts we give to them. Be a crown for your husband!

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 12:4

Lord, teach me what it means to be a crown for my husband. Make my desire to bring him honor in all things.  May my life be an example for others of the abiding love we share. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Proverbs 4:23}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4:23

Pornography.

Adultery.

Financial strain.

Prodigal children.

Workaholics.

Addiction.

Stress.

Fear.

Insecurities.

Doubts.

Past history.

The battle for keeping our marriages in tact isn’t easy. And the truth is, marriages rarely fall apart because of one big thing … marriages collapse because we haven’t paid attention to all the little things.

Often, we neglect those small ways of encouraging one another in the middle of the day-to-day tasks of managing a home, parenting, working, and all the other “stuff” that fills our time.

But what if God is calling us to remember to do those small things …

An “I love you” text in the middle of the day.

Taking out the trash.

Go for a walk.

Listening.

Dreaming.

Today, will you take your prayer one step further and act … do something small to invest further into your marriage.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 4:23

Lord, we KNOW the enemy wants to destroy marriages. He is on the prowl looking for something to destroy (John 10:10). Help us to be vigilant in building a hedge around our relationship, around our home. Cause us to be focused and diligent about protecting our hearts and guarding our relationship.  Help us see the way small things can add up and give us a passion and desire to invest deeply into the covenant relationship we have in You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

{For more ideas about simple ways you can sow into your marriage, check out a series I did last year — 28 Days, 28 Ways: Investing in Your Marriage.}

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage (Proverbs 1:7}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

If there is one thing I have learned after nearly 19 years of marriage, it’s this: I don’t know.

I don’t know the right answers. Sometimes I don’t even know the right questions. I don’t know how to do it all. I don’t know if I want to be able to anyway.

I don’t know why some days everything gets on my nerves. I don’t know how to keep the laundry caught up. I don’t know how to make coupon-ing fun for me.

But most of all, I don’t know how to have a solid marriage without the wisdom that comes from Christ.

Our marriages don’t really need one more seminar or Bible study or couples retreat … what our marriages need is Jesus. And that comes only as we submit ourselves to Him and make spending time with Him the priority — as individuals, as couples, and as families.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Proverbs 1:7

Lord, place inside us a desire to seek You first. Fill our hearts with a longing for Your presence and time spent with You.  Cause us to seek You and to know the wisdom that comes only from knowing You. May You have the priority in our hearts and lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Psalm 103:1}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 103:1

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Psalm 103:1

Sometimes we look around and only see what is missing. We forget how much God has given us and how full our lives truly are. As a couple, it is important for us to speak truth into each other’s lives.

As we pray for each other and for our marriages, one of the important things we need to remember is to praise God. Praise comes from a grateful heart … a deep recognition of the ways God provides and protects us.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 103:1

Lord, help us remember that all we have and are we is from You. May we bless Your name and praise you with all we are and all we have, knowing You are worthy of all.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Psalm 71:5}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 71:5

For You, O Lord, are my hope; my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

Psalm 71:5

Scott and I have been married almost 19 years. Like most married couples, we have faced difficult times. Some of the hardest situations have included:

  • Three years of infertility.
  • His father passing away unexpectedly.
  • Scott’s diagnosis of ITP which involved many hospitalizations, brain hemorraghes, and several days on life support.
  • Watching helplessly as the marriages of several couples we were close to fell apart due to infidelity.
  • My struggles with depression and insecurity.
  • My heart attack and its effects in several areas of my life

Life is hard. Marriage is hard. And there are times when we feel helpless, hopeless, and we just want to give up.

But when it’s hard, I’ve learned to cling to the promises of Scripture — the assurance we have in God’s Word of His love and His presence and His ability to bring good from all things {even the hardest moments}.

Maybe today you are struggling in your marriage.  Maybe you’ve had  a series of difficult situations and you’re wondering if it’s worth it to keep going. Maybe you’re ready to give up.

Read this verse again … aloud.

For You, O Lord, are my hope; my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

No matter what the situation is in your marriage … or in your life … we have hope in Him. We can trust Him. He is faithful.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 71:5

Lord, You alone are our hope! Train our hearts to trust in You and to lead our children and others in our lives to do the same. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Psalm 19:14}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Oh my words! They get me in trouble more than I’d like. I speak too quickly and without a filter … and the price for that lack of self-control can be steep.

But it isn’t just the words I say, it can also be the way I say them. Stress, exhaustion, and frustration can lead to caustic words and tone which ultimately lead to hurt feelings {often over what is in the end, nothing}.

Learning to speak with grace and tenderness {and even when not to speak at all} is a valuable pursuit for all of us.

My friend Karen Ehman says it this way in her paraphrase of Psalm 15 —

May you speak the truth from a loving heart. May your tongue utter no slander. May you do no wrong to a neighbor and cast no slurs. May you weigh your words carefully and keep your oaths. And may you never be shaken. (Keep. It. Shut., 154)

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 19:14

Lord, it’s easy to forget how our words affect each other. We are often guilty of not taking time to consider not only what we say but also HOW we say it.  May our words and thoughts toward one another be pleasing to You, O Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Psalm 1:3}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Family || Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

The world has much to say about marriage. We’re told half of all marriages end in divorce and that it’s good to have sex or live together before marriage just so we know if we’re compatible. And perhaps one of the most dangerous lies is that if we aren’t happy in our marriage, we deserve to be and it’s okay to find someone else who will make us happy.

But the Bible says something far different … Scripture reveals the covenant relationship of marriage and the value God places upon our faithfulness to our vows.

In his book, Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas writes:

What if God didn’t design marriage to be “easier”? What if God had an end in mind that went beyond our happiness, our comfort, and our desire to be infatuated and happy as if the world were a perfect place?

What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? (13)

These verses from Psalm 1 remind us of the importance of rejecting the promises of the world for the truth we find in Scripture.  One of the best investments we ever make in our marriages is being rooted in the Word of God.

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Psalm 1:1-3

Father, our prayer is to be planted like trees, firm in our faith and rooted in Your Word. As we grow in relationship with You, use us to draw others into the depths of Your love and mercy.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Job 1:21}

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Job 1:21

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 1:21

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.” That’s a hard sentiment to accept sometimes. We like the first part — but when the Lord takes away, well, that’s not our favorite thing, is it?

It’s easy to get into the habit of seeing what is wrong or what we don’t have and allow that to color everything in our lives. But Job’s words remind us God is ever in control and always worthy of our praise.

Perhaps you struggle with contentment in your marriage. Trust the Lord with your situation and your relationship and ask Him to give you the humility and faith to echo the words of Job, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage || Job 1:21

Lord, may our marriage be one that offers praise in all things and all knows.  Keep us firm in our knowledge that You area always worthy of our praise.  Help us trust in the truth You are always working for our good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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