by Brian Pickering, Australian Prayer Network
Couples who nurture and invest in their marriages will be richly rewarded.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither and whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
Happy couples take their relationship seriously. They realise that a good marriage requires constant attention and much work. They continually seek to find ways of improving their relationship and letting go of bad habits and past differences. Happy couples seek to find ways of pleasing and understanding each other and initiating actions and behaviours that reflects their spouses love language. They understand this to be an investment that will pay long term dividends in their marriage.
What are some other ways that you can improve your marriage? How can your marriage be reflective of Psalm 1:3 and be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither”? Nurturing your marriage means helping it grow and develop, and it begins with a keen understanding of what makes each of you tick. What you like in terms of temperament? How are you wired? What makes you happy? What causes you to be sad? What do you fear? What is it that makes you feel loved and cared for? Your answers to these questions will likely be different. But nourishing your marriage means taking time to answer these questions and become aware of your relationship’s dynamics. This awareness also allows you to speak into each other’s lives in meaningful ways that touch the heart and build secure attachments with one another, thus increasing the sense of being one flesh.
Maybe you’ve felt frustrated when your spouse doesn’t seem to be investing into your marriage; this is normal, but it doesn’t mean you should wait for your partner to take the initiative. Do all you can to nurture your marriage. Follow God’s advice to feed and care for each other, to lay down your life for each other and watch as your relationship grows to new heights! Essentially, a husband should put his wife’s needs before his own needs and a wife puts her husband’s needs before her own needs. We are to nourish our spouse and nurture our relationship. This is played out in everyday life and is the recipe for a meaningful marriage.
Dear God, We praise you for your love and faithfulness. We thank you for your grace and for giving us the ability to love. Thank you for my spouse. Thank you for the gift of marriage. Thank you that you’re for us; that you fight for us. Thank you that you are Redeemer, and you have good in store. I confess, some days, marriage gets tough, and I blow it. I ask that you would make me more like you. Please fill our marriage and lives with truth and cover it with blessing. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJGKx1btFs – Wait, Marriage Can be Fun?
Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- A Miracle for Marriage
- Truth to be Exposed
- A Spirit of Repentance in the Church
- Revival and Transformation in our Nation
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