(Need to start at the beginning? Day 1)

Many of you will already have prayer habits.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2 NIV

Are they still working for you? Are there things you would like to try to help you spend more time talking with God or make that time more meaningful?

If you’ve been struggling to make time for God, start small and get regular with that.

May I also suggest that regularly praying for your spouse and your marriage is a good place to start. 🙂

Some ideas:

When someone hands me a baby, I immediately pray for them (for their salvation, their safety, for a life of health and adventure, etc.). Depending on the surroundings, that might be out loud or quietly. Having a habit of praying triggered by an event is a good habit to build. You could pray for your spouse when you make the bed, brush your teeth, or make coffee.

Routinely ask your spouse what they need prayer for, and then pause and pray right then (if they are comfortable with that, later if not).

couple holding hands and praying

Start a prayer journal. Write down your concerns and then, in time, write how God responds. (You could even share one with your spouse so you can each know what’s on your minds and can join each other in your prayers.)

Set an alarm on your phone to stop in your day and pray. Invite a friend or your spouse to join you. You don’t have to be in the same room to pray together.

I’m thinking of attaching prayer for my spouse/marriage to my morning devotional reading. (This is one of my personal goals this year. I need to be faithful in praying for Paul. He’s got a lot going on and he needs God’s wisdom and strength. And even though we’ve made 39 years, we still need to remain engaged and caring in our marriage.)

I’d love to hear other ideas for making prayer integral to your life. What do y’all do?


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