There aren’t many things I want to remember from my recent three night hospital stay due to major back surgery. However, one thing I will never forget is what ended up meaning the most during that time. I’ve been so blessed to have hundreds praying for me. All those prayers have and still do mean the world to me. But, one special prayer warrior surfaced during this time that I’m afraid before was extremely underrated.
Contrary to what many believe the average pastor and spouse don’t sit around always singing hymns of faith and praying together. However, I recently rediscovered there is nothing more powerful a married couple can do than hold hands and pray. You will find more lasting power in those divine encounters than any romantic moment.
I don’t recall every moment in the hospital between the pain and the much needed medications. But, I clearly recall every time my wife grabbed my hand and began praying for my relief. I may be the one referred to as the preacher. But there is nothing that touches my heart more than when my wife is my pastor. Her prayers comforted my soul and became one of her greatest expressions of love.
One thing I know for sure after nearly nineteen years of a happy marriage. Your greatest need in marriage is not perfect communication or sparks to fly every time you kiss. Your greatest need in marriage is for both your hearts to be united through God’s spirit, truth, and love. For this reason, Satan does anything he can to keep us from joining hands, hearts, and praying together in Jesus name.
I’m certain many reading this were thinking much differently when I mentioned spicing up your marriage. But, trust me Jesus is the most critical spice for any relationship to thrive. Why? Because apart from Jesus Christ everything falls apart.
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”(Matthew 18:20)