Day 6: Can I Live Without Praying? - How to Pray for Your Marriage

Day 6: Can I Live Without Praying?

“Give us this day our daily bread…” Matthew 6:11

As humans, we can live between 8 and 21 days without food. Food is necessary to life and we cannot be sustained without it. It is the daily consumption of nutrition that gives our bodies what they need to keep our strength and energy at optimal levels to move and to live.

As believers and spiritual beings, we need to consume daily from the Word of God. In John 6:35, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Just like we need to eat for our bodies and minds to be strong and effective, our spirit and heart need daily sustenance from God in order to remain steadfast. Jesus teaches His disciples to pray to God for the most basic necessity to live: daily bread. Not only does Jesus want us to recognize God as our provider, He also wants us to recognize that He is our sustainer.

We need God to help us grow, thrive, and be strong.

Communication is a vital part of the believer’s life. Just like your body needs food to live, your spirit needs to talk to God and abide in Him to be filled up. Reading the Bible and prayer are two spiritual disciplines that connect us to God. It tunes our hearts to hear from Him as He leads us through life.

In John 15:5, Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” A healthy branch is connected to the vine and receives nutrients from the vine. That relationship and dependence on the vine produces good fruit.

In addition, when you choose to pray with your spouse and ask God to give you your daily bread, you are not only trusting Him to take care of your basic needs in this life, but you are also acknowledging that he will provide what your marriage needs as well.

Trust God for your basic needs today, in your life, and in your marriage. Seek sustenance, strength, wisdom, and endurance for your marriage in His Word. Pursue praying together– boldly in hope and in faith that He will help your marriage to grow and thrive.

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How to Pray for Your Marriage
By Aaron Smith, Jennifer Smith


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