It's true that date night, home date night, or even just some unplugged alone time together is very important.But I'm a lot less blithe, now, about how simple it is to find that time. Things -- marriage things, parenting things, life things in general -- go better when we pray together. A married couple is like a pair of musical instruments.Of course it's important to say grace before meals, and if that's the only prayer you say together, it's better than nothing!

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But here are some other ideas for praying together as a couple, especially if you're pressed for time: Times to pray: If your husband doesn’t want to pray, then snuggle up to him in bed and pray silently.

The Holy Spirit sometimes appears unable to distinguish between two married people, and may react as if you’re praying together.

Please make me aware, by Your divine power, of __________’s needs so I can respond in a way that benefits him/her.

Help me to run to You when frustrations and anger bubble up, and may You ease my emotions and send me back with grace on my lips.

A few months ago I started something; that Sunday nights when he drops me at home after church, we pray for the week ahead.

Then after a while I left it to see if he would suggest it himself, he did it once and never again. I am not going to force him to pray, because I feel that if he really wanted to he would have suggested it a long time ago.I am very much of a relational person (I guess most women are more than men, but you do have those rare exceptions) and my boyfriend is too, however men do enjoy their “cave time” or alone time, so I have kinda come to the conclusion that maybe his prayer time is more of a “alone” thing for him than a “together” thing.I really do respect him and I will never force him, but I still believe that praying together strengthens a relationship in profound ways.If you've ever read an article or list of tips for how to have a stable and happy marriage, you'll know that every last one includes something about regularly carving out some alone time together. "Budget for a weekly date night, and make it special!I recently re-read something I wrote myself, several years ago, and cringed at my words. " Well, as someone who's waiting for seven W-2's to come in the mail, I can now attest that there is a big difference between being as busy as you to be.Father in Heaven, I know I add fuel to the fire in my relationships because I am needy myself. Thank You that You see me as I truly am and that You still love me. If your unmet needs are showing up in your relationships, talk to a mentor, friend, or a counselor to work through some of these issues. It’s a natural tendency to want God to change the other person.