Prayer for Newlyweds

by Merritt on May 2, 2012

Hard to believe it’s already May and the AtoZ Challenge is over. Whew! Thanks for sticking with me through daily posts and to all of you who commented, I’m truly grateful. It is so encouraging to know you’re out there so keep ‘em coming! {And if you’re a blog-stalker, it’s okay, I can wait until you’re ready.}

2012 04 29 15.47 cropped 245x300 Prayer for NewlywedsIt’s wedding season again! The Husband and I attended a gorgeous ceremony on Sunday afternoon in which a young couple from our church tied the knot. They’ve been together for five years and—like most couples—had some ups and downs that preceded their engagement and marriage.

Knowing the challenges don’t end when the groom kisses his bride, I have made a point these past several weeks to pray for their marriage. I’ve prayed for everything from the ability to communicate effectively, for their wedding night {and specifically for their intimate moments} and for the individual struggles I know each of them brings to the marriage.

A few months ago another friend emailed me to share about two of our mutual friends who are getting married this year. She’s making each couple a book of 365 prayers from friends and family. What a great idea! Here’s a little bit from the email she sent me:

What better gift to give some of our favorite people than endless prayers and encouragement?! Don’t get us wrong, money and flatware are newlywed essentials but so is a daily dose of God’s faithfulness.

The idea is that they will have a prayer to read each day for the first year of their new life together. 

For starters, will you write at least one prayer for the newlyweds? You can pray for good heath, wisdom, finances, happiness, fun, safety, faithfulness, a stress-free day, whatever!

And she closed her message with this…remember Paul’s encouraging words, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the all the Lord’s people…”

On that note, will you join me today in sharing what YOU would pray for the newlywed couples you know based on what you learned in the early years of marriage? Whether you are newly married yourself or have countless years under your belt, I’m sure there’s something you’d pray for those entering this beautiful {yet challenging} covenant.

Please share in the comments. And Happy May!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose March 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I just came across this while looking for ideas cause I got a little behind in my prayer journal. My brother got engaged in December and the day before I purchased a small leather-bound journal to write a prayer in each day from their engagement to their marriage!
So far I’ve prayed for acceptance by others in their new lives, understanding, patience, wisdom, their own family, compromise, health, good food, making resolutions constantly, good and healthy outside friendships, no regrets, trust, kindness, the spirit to continue growing and learning, finances, self-worth and humility, good guidance from others, community, a good place to always call home, and many more things. each prayer take up about half a page and i have almost three months worth so far.

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Merritt March 20, 2013 at 5:59 am

HI Rose – I so love this idea of a prayer journal. What a precious gift to give your brother. And I love all of your prayer topics…especially “no regrets”. Life (and marriage) can be hard, but being able to say you’ve done it without regret would be amazing. Keep it up! When is your brother getting married (i.e. how long will this prayer journal be when you’re finished)?

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Steph Shackelford June 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

As newlyweds, it’s been so important to pray for Christ to give us the ability to love each other as He loves us. During times of miscommunication or misunderstanding, this prayer has helped me to be patient and gracious with my husband.

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Merritt June 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

HI Steph, Thanks so much for your comment. I love this prayer. I don’t ever WANT to be patient and gracious in the midst of a disagreement so it takes the power of the Spirit to change my heart. Love this suggestion & thanks for stopping by!

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Melissa Shipman May 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

I love the idea of the prayer book for newlyweds! It is so so so important! Things we pray for most (for ourselves, as newlyweds) include wisdom to make the big decisions we have coming our way (house-hunting, car-shopping, job-searching…), grace to give forgiveness and work through our problems, and help with communicating with ourselves and our new families.

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Merritt May 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

That’s a great list Melissa! Thanks for sharing. I’m hoping to come up with a comprehensive list (if that’s even possible) as a reminder to pray for all my newlywed friends.

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Laura May 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

Okay, FIRST, I LOVE YOUR HAIR!! You guys look great!

Second, I would pray for quick forgiveness. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged and even bitter when unmet expectations arise (and they DO arise). Being quick to forgive has become essential in our marriage – not always easy, but totally worth it.

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Merritt May 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

First, thank you Laura! That is so sweet. I got so many compliments that day. And the Husband loves my hair straight. I just need to find an easier/less time-consuming way to wear it straight more often.

Second, I totally agree. It is NOT easy to be quick to forgive or even quick to ask forgiveness, but I do believe it can be learned. The more I do it, the easier it is.

I was just driving home from lunch and heard another good one on the radio — grace. Live with overflowing grace for your spouse so that it’s not such a big deal when the other person messes up! That’ll be my prayer today!

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