The Couples Scriptural Prayer

Our family reached another one of those ‘milestones’ this past week, and in retrospect, I found myself marveling at the miracle of our family still being together and in Him. When I wondered at what had caused us to receive such a blessing from Him, He reminded me of this prayer that He had given to me, during one of the hardest parts of our struggles. It is one that answered my question, “But Lord, what do I pray for?” It is a prayer that I have said, many, many times. So, in honor of one of my children’s graduation from high school, I would like to share it with you:  (Note: The numbers refer to scripture listed at the end.)

  
THE  COUPLES  SCRIPTURAL  PRAYER

 
(PRAISE:)
Dear Father in heaven, (1)
compassionate & gracious, slow to anger,
& abounding in love and faithfulness, (2)
From You comes all deliverance! (3)
(THANKFULNESS:)
Thank You Lord, for giving me
my spouse and our children! (4,5)
But most of all, thank You for the faith we have in You,
And for the changes this has brought to our lives! (6)
(REQUESTS:)
Help our family be united, of one heart
& mind, and focused on You. (21,36)
May Your will be done, & not ours. (50)
Soften our hearts to You & to each other,
And let us each hear Your voice within us today! (49)
Equip us with every good thing for doing Your will. (15, 26)
Gift to each of us, Your Spirit of wisdom & revelation,
& most importantly, the fruit of Your Holy Spirit, (42)
so that each of us, & even those around us,
will all come to know You better & better. (17,19)
Help us Lord, to put aside our own desires
so that we will become patient & Godly.
Help us to let go, be humble, & trust in You
so that You can have Your way with us,
and enable us to enjoy & like other people,
& finally grow to love them deeply. (25,38,45)
Bring health & nourishment to our bodies, (39)
When we lie down, remove all fear, & gift us with sweet sleep. (40)
Help us to go on our way in safety, and for Your sake, (27)
Gift us, our children, & our children’s children, with Your salvation,
long life, prosperity, honor, humbleness, contentment, pleasantness & peace. (34,41,45)
Fill us with Your mighty, glorious strength
So that we can keep going no matter what happens –
Always full of joy & thankfulness to You & the Father (22)
(FORGIVENESS:)
Turn to us & have mercy upon us (9) 
Forgive us of our sins & grant us life in You! (7,8)
Help us to forgive each other,
& to stop judging one another. (8,11)
Help us to not do anything that might cause another
to stumble or fall, but instead help us to do what leads
to peace & mutual edification in You. (29)
Help us to be affectionate & accepting of each other,
giving preference to each other in brotherly love,
in order to bring praise to You & Your name. (20,48)
(PROTECTION:)
Be a shield around us & guard us Lord; (28,10,32,26)
Protect us from all that is worldly, (46)
and help us to keep our eyes focused on You. (47)
Increase our faith; make us firm & steadfast in You. (16,44)
Flood our hearts with Your light (24)
So the spirits of Satan can not abide there. (23)
Preserve us, sustain us, comfort us & guide us;
do not let us stumble or fall. (35,33,26,10,32)
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from the attacks of Satan & his legions (18)
Be with us always, keeping us from all evil & disaster! (37)
(CONCLUSION:)
We ask these things in the holy
& powerful name of JESUS. (43)
  Amen!

 
SCRIPTURE  REFERENCES:
1. Matthew 6:9                                                       26. Romans 8:16, Psalm 48:14
2. Psalm 86:15                                                        27. Psalm 122:6-9
3. Psalm 3:8                                                             28. Psalm 3:3
4. 1 Thess. 1:2                                                          29. Romans 14:19-20
5. Ephesians 3:16                                                   30. Acts 4:29-30
6. Colossians 1:3                                                     31. Psalm 55:23
7. 1 John 5:16                                                          32. Psalm 86:2
8. Matthew 6:12                                                      33. Psalm 55:22
9. Psalm 86:16                                                         34. Psalm 86:16
10. Thess 5:23                                                         35. Psalm 86:17
11. Romans 14:13                                                   36. Romans 15:5
12. 2 Thess 3:16                                                      37. 1 Chronicles 4:10
13. 3 John 1:2-3                                                      38. Romans 15:13
14. Philemon 1:6                                                     39. Proverbs 3:8
15. Hebrews 13:21                                                 40. Proverbs 3:23-24
16. Peter 5:10                                                          41. Proverbs 3:16-17
17. Ephesians 3:16-19, 1:16-19                        42. Galatians 5:22-23
18. Matthew 6:13                                                   43. Psalm 97:12, Jeremiah 32:18, John 14:13-14
19. 1 Thess. 3:12                                                     44. Luke 17:5
20. Romans 15:7                                                    45. James 4:10, 1 Peter 3:8
21. John 17:21                                                         46. 1 John 2:15-16
22. Col. 1:9-12, TLB                                               47. Matthew 14:29-31
23. Acts 26:18, Ephesians 2:2                           48. Romans 12:10
24. Ephesians 1:18                                                  49. Hebrews 4:7 & Genesis 4:9
25. 2 Peter 1:2-7                                                      50. Matthew 6:10

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