Marriage is not easy. Falling in love is easy, but marriage can be hard work. Marriage relationships require unconditional love and forgiveness from both parties, and a commitment to making a life together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says that two are better than one as they can help and support each other and verse 12 says that a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
When we invite Jesus into our marriage, that threefold cord is created. It is no longer just the two of you working at it, but you have the resources of heaven to call on as well.
God’s Word is powerful, and it says that the prayers of the righteous person are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
As we pray scripture God promises that it will accomplish His purposes and prosper (Isaiah 55:11).
Here are 19 scriptures you can pray for your marriage.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
Lord, thank you that you have a good plan for us, and our marriage, and we claim Your hope and Your future for us in Jesus Name.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
Thank you Lord for Your love for us, help us to demonstrate Your love to each other.
Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.
Lord, thank You that You are Wisdom, and that You have promised to give us Your Wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5). Fill us with Your wisdom for all areas of our marriage and family.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled; but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
Thank You Lord for the blessing and gift of marriage and we ask that You would protect us from anything that would try to destroy or undermine our marriage and our relationship with each other.
And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.
Thank You Lord for Your kindness and Your forgiveness toward us. Help us Lord to show Your kindness and forgiveness to each other.
Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand on the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in Yahweh’s law. On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
Lord, help us to delight in You. May our marriage be like the tree planted by the streams of water, growing, prospering, and producing good fruit.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone? If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Thank You Lord for our marriage. Help us Lord to always encourage each other, support each other, and build each other up. May we always remember to keep You central to our relationship.
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
Help us Lord to rejoice, celebrate, and delight over each other, just as You rejoice, celebrate, and delight over us.
Now the God of perseverance and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, grant us unity of mind and harmony with each other, and with You, that we may glorify You together.
Do all things without complaining and arguing.
Help us Lord to be more patient and considerate and to do all things without complaining or arguing.
Let’s consider how to provoke one another to love and good works
Help us Lord to be more encouraging of each other.
2 Corinthians 12:9
He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
Thank You Lord that You have promised that Your grace is available, and sufficient for us, not matter what our circumstances, and we ask for that grace, especially in our times of need.
But now, Yahweh, you are our Father. We are the clay and you our potter. We all are the work of your hand.
Lord, we are the clay in Your hands, mold us, and our marriage, into Your likeness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Lord, we ask that You would help us to grow in, and display, the fruit of Your Spirit in our lives and in our marriage.
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but only what is good for building others up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Lord, we ask that our speech would always be glorifying to you, that we would think before we speak, and that our words would be encouraging to each other.
Doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
Thank You Lord for Your example of humility and a servant heart, may we be more like You, looking to the needs of each other more than our own.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We come to You Lord, to draw near to You, and we thank You that You promise to draw near to us.
Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
Help us Lord in our forgiveness of each other, and also as we need to ask for forgiveness, remembering Your grace in forgiving us. Help us to hold each other in prayer and continue to lift each other up and encourage each other.
Yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
Together Lord, we rejoice in You, and in the gift of our salvation!
The enemy wants to destroy marriages and families. We are not just in an earthly struggle, but a spiritual one (Ephesians 6:12). God wants to be a part of our lives, and our marriage, to protect, encourage, strengthen and sustain us. May the truth of God’s Word be at work in your lives, and in your marriage (1 Thessalonians 2:13).