by Dennis J. De Haan
Louis Evans, former pastor of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church, made an amazing statement. He said that he never knew a couple who went ahead with a divorce after first praying together, on their knees, every day, for a week
"Let each one...so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband" (Eph.5:33)
Praying together is both a solvent and a glue. It dissolves resentments and bitterness, and binds hearts in new and joyous harmony. Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Paul Tournier writes:
If praying together can restore a marriage about to break up, think of what it can do to strengthen and enrich a marriage that is lacking in communication and intimacy. It is certainly worth a try.
"It is only when a husband and wife pray together before God that they find the secret of true harmony: that the difference in their temprements, their ideas, and their tastes enriches their home instead of endangering it...
"When each of the marriage partners seeks quietly before God to see his own faults, recognizing his sin, and asks the forgiveness of the other, marital problems are no more...They learn to become absolutely honest with each other...This is the price to be paid if partners very different from each other are to combine their gifts instead of setting them against each other."
Something to Think About:
Q1. How does praying together relate to Paul's instruction to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:22-33?
Q2. What warning does Peter give to husbands in 1 Peter 3:7?
This page was created on 22 May 1998
Last updated on 22 May 1998
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