We all need private, regular communion with God. But the Bible presents a vision for prayer that reaches well beyond our personal quiet times.
Here on the podcast we often speak to wives with spiritually apathetic husbands. Episode 1315 comes to mind: “My Husband Is Passive — What Can I Do?” But here’s a question from a wife in an over half-century-long marriage. And in this case the husband is not spiritually passive. “Dear Pastor John, I’m married to a wonderfully godly man. We have a strong marriage of over fifty years. My husband daily spends time in Scripture and is a big fan of your writings. We pray together over meals and occasionally in particular times of need, but not regularly, not in the mornings or evenings. We’ve had many discussions about it. It would be my desire to do so.
“He feels like prayer should be personal, and when people pray together, they’re focused on what the other one is thinking and fail to relate to God. I’ve heard various speakers and authors say a couple should pray together to strengthen their marriages. And I can think of many good things that are the result of praying together, such as a feeling of intimacy, knowing my husband’s heart better, and being able to encourage others by letting them know we are praying for them as a couple. But my husband says those aren’t reasons to pray. He read this question and is interested too. Can you help us?”