Prayer For Stress In Marriage
A Prayer for Stress & Anxiety – Prayers
Is stress holding you hostage and keeping you from rest? Do you feel burdens pressing in that seem too heavy to bear? When anxious thoughts pull you in the wrong direction, and you're struggling to find balance, the following prayer might express your thoughts and help you find relief and freedom.
Before praying, consider these 4 steps for praying over anxiety, as suggested by well-known author and speaker Max Lucado:
- Pray immediately.
“Don’t stew over the problems that are besetting you or your neighbor. Ask God for help as soon as you identify a need.”
- Pray specifically.
“When we boil our concerns down to a specific request, they become right-sized. Vague threats loom larger than concrete challenges.”
- Pray for and with others.
“When we consider the problems of others and enlist their help with ours, our concerns become more manageable.”
- Pray with thanksgiving.
“Anxiety and gratitude cannot occupy the same space. When we catalog what are thankful for, our list of challenges grows less powerful.”
A Prayer for Relief of Stress and Anxiety
Lord Jesus, the stresses in my life often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. My body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually.
Some days anxiety stalks me a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws me in. I know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the truths buried inside.
My trust in You fades into the background, giving fear and concerns permission to discourage me.In those moments of apprehension, help me remember that I belong to You, and that You are not the author of fear or anxiety, but the giver of love and a sound mind. Teach me Your ways to respond to problems by giving thanks in them. Your Word assures me that You are always there with me.
You are the Blessed Controller of all things, and nothing escapes Your attention in my life. You have given me every tool and spiritual blessing to fight against those things that try to steal my peace. You’ve promised that when I’m stressed and burdens are trying to weigh me down, I can come to You.
You will give me sweet rest!
Whether the anxiety stems from work, parenting, finances, physical issues, or even world conditions, You are there, Lord, to shoulder the weight. Teach me to recognize the stressful trials as tools for you to shape me and rearrange me.
Through those difficult times, You will teach me patience, enlarge my faith, and help me see things I couldn't see earlier—if I will only let You. When I'm clueless as to what to do, Lord, I want to turn to you first, not last.
Forgive me for trying to handle things on my own, Lord. The need to be in control sometimes gets a stronghold on my life. That only makes things worse. I want to trust You more and see things from Your perspective, not my own. No one makes me feel uptight, angry, or stressed, and no one forces me to react negatively. I choose to respond according to my beliefs.
Do I believe You are in control? Do I believe You created all things and hold all things in Your Hand? Do I believe You are truly good? When an anxious thought creeps in, help me to stop and relax, to take that thought captive, and to turn apprehension into a calm prayer for deliverance. Revamp my belief system, Lord.
Show me a new way to handle life according to Your Way.
No matter what issues I am dealing with; no matter how big the problems or situations, I'm laying them all at Your feet today. Turn these potentials for stress into lessons for growth and trust.
When I can't see any possible solutions, I choose to believe that You are working things out for my good—in Your own time, as you have in the past. Show me what to do, or what not to do.As I focus on You, remembering Your promises and Your words, I believe You will fill me with a peace that is beyond all understanding.
In Your precious name,
A Short Prayer for An Anxious Heart
Dear Lord, I thank you that I can come to You always for any reason. I’m grateful that when I pray to You, You answer me.
Help me to come to You at the beginning of my fears and anxieties instead of waiting until I can’t stand them anymore. The quicker I come to You the better. You want to free me from ALL my fears.
Help me look to You for help more often so that I can be radiant with Your joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
– Jennifer Heeren
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart.
She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com.
You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
This article is part of our larger Prayers resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray. Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.
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Growing Stronger Through Stress in Marriage
Chris and Rachel met while attending college, where they became well-acquainted friends. After a year, they took the next step into a dating relationship.
About six months later, Chris excitedly proposed to the love of his life, and she agreed to be his wife. Everything was on course — he was about to graduate and had landed a youth-pastor job at their church while working at Starbucks on the side.
And Rachel worked to complete her senior thesis and internship so she could graduate within the next year. Wedding plans were interwoven with late-night study sessions and many specialty coffee drinks delivered by Rachel's favorite barista.
Their engagement season was as good as it gets. They had each other, a future together and coffee. What more did they need?
They spent one last holiday apart with their respective families in Seattle and Colorado prior to getting married. When they returned from their travels, they were thrilled to be back together.
They decided to have some fun their first night back and make paper snowflakes while watching a Christmas movie. After their picturesque reunion, Chris walked home to his apartment only a few blocks away.
Blissful was what life seemed to be — for now and forever.However, within 20 minutes, everything changed. As Rachel was getting ready for bed, she heard the doorbell ringing urgently. What in the world?
Her roommate tentatively approached the front door, where she met Chris, who was crying.
Rachel’s heart started beating wildly as she tried to imagine what could possibly be going on. Twenty minutes earlier, as Chris kissed her goodbye, this scene never would have crossed her mind. But now she was facing a distraught, tear-stained man. To her shock, he pushed out the grief-stricken words, “My dad … my dad is dead.”
Rachel's story of crisis
Here's Rachel's story in her words:
It was the most confusing, tragic and desperate 24 hours I’ve ever experienced. It was so difficult to see my beloved Chris be filled with questions, doubt, confusion and deep, deep sadness. And the worst part? There was absolutely nothing I could do but be there. The next day we flew to Colorado in total disbelief and shock.
I had met Chris’ parents during my earlier visits. I loved being with them and knew them to be funny, loving and generous.
However, the dynamic changed quickly because I was thrust into this tragedy. Chris' mom, Carol, was no longer the happy, soon-to-be mother-in-law with her husband by her side supporting and cheering us on.
Instead, as you can imagine, she was grieving deeply, and the roles suddenly shifted. We were no longer being supported by two amazing people who were anticipating our special day and helping us plan wedding details.
We were now comforting and supporting Carol as we planned her husband’s funeral.
Although I wasn’t quite part of the family yet, I did my best to be helpful.
That November day when we buried Chris' father was bitter cold and snowy. Six months later, I graduated from college, and Chris stepped down from his pastoral job. In mid-June we were married, and by the end of July, we packed up everything and moved to Colorado to live with Carol.
We spent the first year of our marriage living in Carol's basement. This was good for her and it was helpful for Chris as well. It allowed him to fully grieve his father’s death.
All I can say is that married life didn’t go the way I had anticipated. We shared all of our dinners, movie nights and game nights with Carol. We really felt called to care for her and not allow her to be alone. Every night we maintained the family tradition of bedtime prayer, which was filled with a strange mix of tears, praise and thanks.After about a year of living this way, my heart began to close. I was a new wife and I had wanted to care for Carol and Chris. However, I desperately needed for Chris and me to have our own space and home.
My desires weren’t wrong, but sometimes my behaviors were. Soon, Chris and I transitioned into our own home and life; however, I knew everything in the future would be colored by the absence of my father-in-law.
Managing stress and challenges
Greg and I (Erin) wouldn’t wish what Chris and Rachel went through on any married couple. And yet stress, challenges and painful trials are going to be part of your relationship — sooner or later.
The key isn’t to hope that nothing bad will come your way until you’ve had time for your relationship to develop the necessary coping skills.
The key is to learn how to manage the stress and challenges that are inevitable in marriage.
Part of the adventure of marriage lies in facing external difficulties together and growing stronger through these trials. Couples who thrive in their marriages don’t have fewer problems, but they do work together and take the view that tribulations are opportunities for growth and positive change.
Take hope. Your marriage story doesn’t have to end in massive hurt and frustration as you face stress and challenges. Instead, your story can be personally fulfilling and a beacon of light for those who are watching your journey.
Yes, marriage can have its twists and turns. But the detours don't necessarily have to lead couples off course.
With practical advice and stories from their own relationship and counseling experiences, the Smalleys explore 12 biblically based strategies to help you chart a course for a romantic adventure that will last a lifetime.Couples who want a happy marriage will appreciate the secrets in Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage. Download a free chapter
Erin Smalley serves in the Marriage and Family Formation department at Focus on the Family. Dr. Greg Smalley is vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family.
5 Prayers for a Stronger Marriage
Prayer serves as an important part of communication with God and gives us the ability to approach the throne of grace in an intimate way. Prayers for a stronger marriage are a powerful force that can help create a solid, life-long marriage bond. We’ve watched God work miracles in our marriage covenant over the years from the simple act of prayer.
If you and your spouse do not pray together, don’t let that deter you from standing strong and continuing to pray each day. Make it a point to fight for your marriage – even if it means you stand before the Lord alone. He will honor you.
We believe that prayer can make the difference between a lasting marriage and one that fails. Today we are sharing with you five prayers for a stronger marriage. We’ll be focusing on prayers in the areas of: unity, intimacy, honesty, forgiveness, and health.
1. A Prayer for Unity in Marriage
Heavenly Father we come before you to thank you for all you have done and continue to do in our lives and marriage. We come before you today, God, asking for a stronger bond of unity in our marriage covenant.
Father we ask that you will give us the ability to be a united front for you letting nothing come between us.
Help us, Father to identify and work through anything that is not pleasing to you so we can continually reach higher levels of unity in our marriage – spiritually, physically, and mentally.
We are thankful and excited to see the work of your hand as we do our best to seek your face daily. We love you and thank you for all of these things.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:3 NLT)
2. A Prayer for Intimacy in Marriage
Heavenly Father, we ask you today, to strengthen the bonds of both physical and spiritual intimacy in our marriage. We are thankful that you have called husband and wife to intimacy with you first, and intimacy with one another.
Please show us any behavior we have been committing that has been preventing us from entering into a deeper intimate relationship with you and one another.
Once trust is broken it can be nearly impossible to regain on our own, however, we know that all things are possible with you God. Heal our hearts, Father, of past hurts and help us to trust in you and one another again.We thank you right now for increased intimacy in our marriage as we seek to honor you and one another through our marriage covenant.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31 NIV)
3. A Prayer for Honesty in Marriage
Father God we come before you today to ask you to help us do everything with absolute honesty in our marriage. Sanctify us by your truth – your word is truth (John 17:17).
Help us to never lie to one another. Help us to come clean if we mess up or make a mistake that can affect our marriage – no matter how bad we may feel or embarrassed we may be. Give us the ability to be completely transparent with one another regardless of how we feel.
We thank you for the discernment to know your truth and the conviction to call on the name of Jesus. If there is anything that we have been untruthful about in the past, please help us to share it with one another and give us the wisdom to work through it.
We thank you for helping us to be honest as we choose to submit to your spirit.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:9-10 NIV)
4. A Prayer for Forgiveness in Marriage
Heavenly Father, as we strive to continuously build a stronger marriage, help us to forgive one another for things that may hurt or offend us. Help us to walk in forgiveness and never lose sight of the fact that you have forgiven us.
Help us to show your mercy and grace to our spouse each time they need it and not bring up past hurts or failures. Let us be an example of forgiveness to not only our spouse but to those around us so we can continue to show your love to all we meet. Help us to also forgive ourselves if we struggle with condemnation.
Thank you for your life-giving words of truth that we may be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV)
5. A Prayer for Health for You and Your Spouse
Father God we thank you for divine health in our physical bodies, spiritual life, and marriage. We pray that you will make known to us anything that we are doing that does not directly correlate with healthy living; body, spirit, soul.
Give us the strength to honor you through our bodies as they are the temple of the Lord. Give us the wisdom to continuously build a healthy spiritual life and marriage with you at the center.
Help us to always remember the sacrifice you made that gave us the promise of healing and peace. You are worthy to be praised!
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4 KJV)
Even if you are not in the habit of praying, that can change. We encourage those of you who do not regularly pray to start with committing to pray once a day. Some of the best times to pray are the times that you are doing something essential.
Some ideas of when to pray are:
- just before you get bed
- meal times
- while in the shower
- while brushing your teeth
- on your way to work
- before bed
Of course there are many, many other times of the day you can pray, but start off by doing it during the same time each day and soon it will become second nature to you. Then gradually increase it to one more times each day until you find yourself living a lifestyle of prayer.
Michael and Carlie Kercheval have been blissfully married since June 10, 2000. They have been blessed with three precious children that they have been able to raise while traveling the world as a military family.
They are co-authors of the popular marriage devotional: Consecrated Conversations. Together they founded Fulfilling Your Vows in obedience to the ministry God has placed in their hearts to help equip couples for biblical marriage.
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Prayers to God: For marriage, happy relationships and family
Sometimes, prayer for marriage is something people neglect in the time of troubles. But communication with God can be a remedy to your loneliness, broken marriage or relationships. Your happiness is literally within one prayer distance. So, don't wait, talk to our Lord, and He will lead you to it.
Sometimes it can appear not that easy to find a partner or maintain peace and happiness in relationships.
In such moments of desperation, God is here for us to help find love and save the family. All you need is to call Him for help, and He will hear you and help you without a doubt, as God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18).
Prayer for marriage to happen soon
When you feel that the universe is against you being loved and happy in a marriage, ask our Lord for help. And in some way, He will show you the right path, that will lead you to your future partner and happy marriage. Here is the miracle prayer to get married soon.
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Almighty Father, We pray for all those waiting and searching for life partners. You know the deep longings of their hearts and You know what is best for them in life. Lord, help them as they desire a good companion in life. If it is Your will, guide them Lord, to the partner You have chosen for them. Give them the wisdom and direct them in their pursuit to choose the right person. Everyone deserves a loving and God-fearing partner, for a happy life. We ask You to remove all obstacles in their way and perfect everything for them.
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Prayer for marriage to work
Maintaining peace and happiness in marriage is real work, that requires hard word work and a big deal of efforts from both partners. If you want to be entirely sure, that your marriage will prosper and last till the last seconds of life, ask God to charge your future family with love and trust, that will never leave you.
Dear God, We praise you for your love and faithfulness. We thank you for huge grace. We thank you that you give us the power to love well. 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. We confess, some days, marriage gets tough, and we blow it – again. We ask that you would make us more you. Please fill our marriage and lives with truth and cover it with blessing. Lord, we pray for…
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Everyone, whether it is man or woman, wants to find a reliable partner that will never let you down and will be by your side forever. Tell God your wishes in prayer, and He will hear you and lead to the true love of your life. Here are some prayers for males and females that will help you find the partner of yours.
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Lord, help me assure my woman that I am responsible and able to provide for her needs. Help me prove that I am a gentleman and God-fearing and would be able to take care of her and protect her in all aspects of life, in good times and in bad. May I daily make amends in all my shortcomings and make myself ready to give myself wholly and truly to a relationship. May I grow in deeper love for You, my God, which will allow me to grow deeper in my relationship with her. Amen.
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Lord, I pray for a God fearing, humble, gentle, faithful and loving man. May he be one filled with respect for women and protect them in all harm, trouble and afflictions. May You come first in his life and may he be one who leads a family to God. Lord, I am willing to accept a man despite whatever his past is. May he come fully done away with his old bad habits. May His past be history as we take each other from the day we come together in a relationship. In the same way, I pray Lord that he too will not see the old me but as someone good and renewed in Your hope and blessings. May my past never be a hindrance to living my present life as a wife as I make amends to my old self and give myself wholly and truly to him.
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Prayer for marriage to be restored
God is always standing by you and waiting for you to ask Him for help. Just pray to our Lord, and He will help you restore your marriage and relationships.
Lord, I come before you today with a heavy heart; my marriage is in grave trouble, and I need Your help and closeness. Please make changes in my spouse's heart. Make us compatible again, and bring us closer together as we were before. Fill us with Your love and give us the strength to love one another, care for one another, and fulfill your life long wishes for us. Show us the harm caused by careless, uncalled for words, and the pain caused by emotional distance. Heal the division between the two of us. Make us one again. In Your precious name I pray, amen.
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Heavenly Father, I come before you today with a heavy heart; my marriage is in trouble, and I need your help. Make changes in my spouse’s heart. Make us compatible again, and bring us closer together. Fill us with your love and give us the strength to love one another, care for one another, and fulfill your destiny for us. Show us the harm caused by careless words, and the pain caused by emotional distance. Bring us together, we once were. Show us how to love one another again. Heal the division between us. Make us one again. In your name I pray, Amen.
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De-stressing My Life
Hand posted on April 2, 2016 by Beth
I’m entering a really busy season in my life and that’s saying a lot because I’m always busy! So during the month of April I may be less “present” here than I typically am or would . But I want you to know that I always read your comments and try to get to the blogs of those who engage with me here.