A friend asked Az and I how we began to pray as a couple?
If there’s any advice I would give couples it’s this: Prioritize prayer in your daily schedule. It’s an investment into your marriage. Don’t wait until the challenges come and then pray. A consistent prayer life will keep you during the storms.
Prayer has been a major theme in our relationship since we started dating 12 years ago. The Holy Spirit prompted us to start praying together as we transitioned from dating to being a married couple. Even though we had our individual prayer life, God was establishing a sense of unity between us, of one heart and one vision that would be significant for when we were husband and wife. Therefore, we made a commitment that God would be Lord over our marriage and our future.
Prayer has become our devotional time irrespective of the season, irrespective of what we face in life. Our marriage is far from perfect but we have learned to stand together in agreement, even when we don’t feel like it. My husband and I are very strong minded and opinionated, but we’ve discovered that banging our heads together until one explodes is not the answer. God is faithful. He helps us navigate difficulties when we choose His wisdom over ours and when we declare His truth rather than rely on our own thoughts.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
When I was confronted with breast cancer, I wasn’t the only one affected by it—Az was, too. I knew prayer was essentially, but it was hard, sometimes, to pray. Thankfully, Az was fighting right beside me. He stood believing and praying for a miracle when I felt weary. He was determined to see me pull through, even when I wanted to give up. And despite what the doctors would say, Az knew God would heal me. He kept proclaiming God’s word for my life. He didn’t give up hope!
That was a defining moment for me, for us. It’s not only when everything is great and you’re living the dream. It’s when you know someone’s got your back, when you see someone stand in the gap for you no matter the size of the storm.
Our prayer life kept us from falling into dismay and was invaluable when in the eye of the cancer storm. We could not deny the tangible peace and hope when we prayed together. God’s presence was close to us during that dark time.
Az and I never underestimate the power of prayer because we know it unlocks the promises of God over our lives, our family, our home. We know that the enemy will not overcome when two stand in agreement with Heaven.
Assuredly I say to you whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.