Here are 4 good prayers to pray for your marriage in the hopes that it will be better for you both.
Prayer for Renewal
Oh Lord God my Father, please help us grow closer together and be joined in one purpose to glorify You in our marriage. Help us to remember what first brought us together which helped our love grow strong enough to commit to marriage in the first place. I know that time and the business of life sometimes diminishes our feelings for one another. We both get so busy we forget to find time for romance. Please place this on our hearts to renew or revive what we had when we were first married. To revisit those places we first dated, even if it’s only possible in our minds. Help us both focus on You oh Lord for You are first in our lives because no marriage will be blessed by You unless You come first and ahead of my partner. Please help us both in our marriage to make is stronger and to make it a more God-glorifying union of the institution that You created for our own good and in the strong name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
Thankfulness for my Spouse
Righteous God, thank you for my spouse because, just like our children, they are a gift from You because nothing happens that You do not ordain and even our bad choices and decisions can be made to be a blessing to us (Gen 50:20). Forgive me for all the times that I’ve neglected You in times of prayer, praise, and devotion and also for the negligence in my marriage. I know that marriages take so much work and that they don’t just happen automatically. Thank you for your patience and Lord God, I thank You for my beloved spouse and for my spouse’s patience with me for how far I fall short at times. Please forgive me as I also ask my spouse to forgive my neglect of them for which I have no excuse. You are such a good God and a God that desires our highest and ultimate best and for Your precious Son, Who died for us and for the glory of His name it is through I pray, amen.
Blessings for my Spouse
Great God in Heaven, I want to first and foremost, give You thanks for my spouse for they are such a blessing to me, our family, and to so many others. I pray that You would bless them and that You would grant them godly wisdom and knowledge so that they might make good decisions today at work and at home for the purpose that You, ultimately, will be glorified. Help our marriage stay strong by Your Spirit and by revealing to me where I fall short and where I can grow to be a more loving, supportive, and godly mate for my spouse. They deserve the very best and I know I haven’t always given them my very best. Let my spouse be a godly influence on those they are around today and that Your great name would be made famous among those they work or live around. Help my spouse to realize just how much I love them and need them and that we both can come to know you in a much deeper, more intimate relationship as we make You that 3rd cord that is not easily broken. I give you the glory for this marriage and ask Your blessing on it and on my spouse in particular and again, I thank God for them and for your grace and mercy and in the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, I pray, amen.
Prayer Walking and Waking
God, my righteous Father, as I leave today to take a walk or to go to work, I ask for You to keep our marriage strong, even during the absences where we must be apart. I know that I have so much to learn about my spouse and I need to show my spouse patience because You are perfectly patient with me even when I blow it big time (again!). Just as in the model prayer called the Lord’s Prayer, I pray for Your name to be glorified in our lives and for Your will to be done over my own and that we as a couple, keep our focus on You and on Your Son, Jesus Christ. Marriage in itself is a true miracle and we both need Your daily divine intervention to be able to keep this marriage strong and godly. I pray for You to keep changing my heart more like Christ’s; for you to open my eyes to see things that I sometimes miss; that I will have ears to hear what Your Word says about being more Christ-like, and to be a better communicator and to break my pride and tell my spouse just how much I need them and that they are a gift from You. I want to be more like Jesus so that my love for my spouse is more like Your love for me and them. Revive my heart oh God and my love for my precious spouse and create in me a deep desire to serve them as You sent Jesus to be a servant and give His life as a ransom for us who did not deserve it and in Christ’s precious name I pray, amen.
Every marriage is a miracle and it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, commitment, and by all means, a lot of prayer. I know that God can change even a pagan king’s heart (Prov 21:1) so I know I can trust You but I also need to have a heart change and to humble myself before You and to serve my spouse and put them first, esteeming them better than myself.
Take a look at these other prayers: 5 Prayers for Reconciliation in Relationships Between Spouses
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One of the first things God taught us about marriage was the importance of praying for our marriage covenant. He showed us that prayer was a key component to protecting our marriage covenant from the lies of the enemy that so easily divide. He also taught us that if we wanted to experience the fullness of His design for marriage, that prayer was a habit we needed to practice every day.
Praying for our marriage has not only protected our marriage covenant over the past (nearly) 2 decades, it has also given us the wisdom we need to overcome all of the obstacles life has thrown our way. From the loss of 2 children to 5+ years of combat deployments to job loss and more; God has sustained us with His wisdom and peace.
3 Prayers for a Better Marriage
1. To be a better listener.
This prayer is guided by the wisdom in James 1:19 (NLT): Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Father God, we ask that you would give us the ability to listen before speaking. Help us to understand the importance of letting the conviction of the Holy Spirit guide our conversations with one another. Let us be slow to anger and quick to love and forgive. Thank you for all of these things.
In Jesus’ Name we Pray. Amen.
2. To love at all times.
This prayer is founded on the command we find in John 13:34 (ESV): A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Father God, please help us choose love at all times, even when we don’t feel like it. Help us to always remember the gift you have given us in our spouse. Help us to focus on your love so we can always remember that you have called us to love each other, no matter the circumstance. Help us to be selfless as we seek to honor you through our marriage covenant.
In Jesus’ Name we Pray. Amen.
3. To always forgive.
This prayer is rooted in Matthew 16:14-15 (ESV): For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Father God, please help us to always forgive one another quickly. We know that you have forgiven us and it is your will that we forgive others. Even when we are really hurt, please help us to forgive one another in love. Never let us forget the forgiveness you have shown us and help us keep that at the forefront of our minds when we navigate conflict in our marriage.
In Jesus’ Name we Pray. Amen.
Always remember the importance that prayer plays in Christian marriage. The conversations we have with God will be reflected in our marriage; and that in and of itself is a blessing. Need some tips on how to start more of these prayers and conversations with God? Check out our devotional: Consecrated Conversations: 30 Devotions for Couples as a great start!
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I wrote this prayer for all those who are alone and looking for a suitable life partner. Many have asked for prayers. I pray that this year, your wishes and dreams are fulfilled by God Almighty as we lift up our every desire daily, through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Searching for a life partner
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.
Guide them to the right person
Lord, You said that it is not good for man to be alone. We ask You to listen to the hearts looking for a life partner. Put their yearning for marriage in the right perspective. Lead them to the one You choose and reveal Your plans for them so that they prepare themselves better.
Lord, teach and guide them to seek You first and to learn to give love more than expecting to receive it. Help them to remember that whatever journey their life leads them on, You are always present, always offering companionship, and always filling their deepest need.
Fill them with love and understanding
At all times, may they observe quiet prayer-time and turn to You in all joy and afflictions. May each of them address their areas of weaknesses and be strengthened in Your love and light.
We pray that understanding and loving each other be their utmost desire and may they believe in a marriage that ends only when death do they part.
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Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.
See also: 7 Powerful Prayers for Marriage Restoration
Prayer for the man searching for a wife
Lord, I pray for a woman of God, beautiful in heart, mind and soul. May she be faithful, loyal, sincere and noble in her thoughts and deeds. Grant her patience. Let her be filled with love, humility and understanding for me and the family we will commit. May she be one fearful in Your sight and be a woman faithful to prayer, praise and worship for You our God.
Let her heart be not worried or afraid of her past which is history and may her present self be in Your way of life. May she be devoted to prayer, family life and know the values of a family of God.
Peter 3:7 “You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman. And show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered”
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.
Prayer by the woman for a husband
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.
Colossians 3:18 “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord”
Help me understand that You Lord are the Godhead of the family and my man, the head of the household. Help me to submit myself truly and wholly to him in my family life. May I give him due respect as head of the family. I commit myself to understanding and helping him in all aspects of life as he provides for the family.
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Oh Lord and our God, be first and foremost in all decisions and promises we make as husband and wife. We pray this prayer and lift up our heartfelt desires in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer is one of the primary aspects that hold a marriage and family together. Many traditions surround Catholic prayer. Asking for God’s blessing is just one of the ways you can celebrate your relationship. Here is a look at some of the best Catholic prayers for married couples.
O Jesus, lover of the young, the dearest Friend I have, in all confidence I open my heart to You to beg Your light and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Give me the light of Your grace, that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. Dearest Jesus, send me such a one whom in Your divine wisdom You judge best suited to be united with me in marriage. May her/his character reflect some of the traits of Your own Sacred Heart. May s/he be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with pure and unselfish love we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please You to entrust to our care. Bless our friendship before marriage, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely, that our future home may ever be most like Your own at Nazareth.
O Mary Immaculate, sweet Mother of the young, to your special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife/husband. You are my guiding Star! Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joys in the next.
(on this happy day)
we thank you for the joy of N. and N.
Through all the years of their life
you have watched over them
to bring them together in holy Christian marriage.
Now Lord, bless them,
for they are united in love of you and of each other.
Redeemed by your Precious Blood
and strengthened by your grace,
may they live in kindness and fidelity,
in unfailing trust and love
so that their whole life may be pleasing to you.
Mary, who with Joseph
made a happy home at Nazareth for Jesus,
take these dear friends into your motherly care.
You who showed concern for a newly married couple at Cana,
help and guide N. and N.
May their union on earth lead to that eternal union
in which all the blessed will be joined together,
praising the Redeeming Blood of Jesus, the Lord.
I offer you this prayer, to help me with my current relationship situation. Please take away all the pain and hurt in my heart. Fill it with love, joy, patience, and understanding. Bless me and my partner, so that we may never surrender to whatever challenges that come our way. Fill our hearts with love for each other, and may you make each one of us realize each other’s worth. Please touch the heart of my partner,fill it with much love for me. Make our complicated relationship become uncomplicated. I seek for your mercy and blessing that you may allow us to spend the rest of our lives with each other. Please make this feeling mutual for both of us. Lead us not into temptations. Guide us wherever we go. Always put us in each other’s heart and mind. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. I love you. Amen.
We know that all of us need God’s blessing at all times; but at the time of their engagement to be married, Christians are in particular need of grace as they prepare themselves to form a new family.
Let us pray, then, for God’s blessing to come upon this couple: that as they await the day of their wedding, they will grow in mutual respect and in their love for one another; that through their companionship and prayer together they will prepare themselves rightly and chastely for marriage.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; I say to the Lord, “My God are you. Apart from you I have no good.” I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body abides in confidence.
You, O Lord, will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.
We have gathered here to celebrate the love of N. and N. God has brought them together, and we pray that God will hold them in his love always. As the food we share will strengthen our bodies, may our time together strengthen the love that binds us.
Let us pray. Lord God, you sustain all creatures and never cease to give your children the food they need. We bless you for bringing us together in the love that unites us around this table where the food we take strengthens our bodies. We pray that, nourished by your Word, we may grow ever stronger in faith as we strive for the coming of your Kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
We have come together to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of our brother and sister. As we join them in their joy, we join them also in their gratitude. God has set them among us as a sign of his love and through the years they have remained faithful (and have fulfilled their responsibilities as parents). Let us give thanks for all the favors N. and N. have received during their married life. May God keep them in their love for each other, so that they may be more and more of one mind and one heart.
I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and eternal God, you have so exalted the unbreakable bond of marriage that it has become the sacramental sign of your Son’s union with the Church as his spouse. Look with favor on N. and N., whom you have united in marriage, as they ask for your help and the protection of the Virgin Mary. They pray that in good times and in bad they will grow in love for each other; that they will resolve to be of one heart in the bond of peace.
Lord, in their struggles let them rejoice that you are near to help them; in their needs let them know that you are there to rescue them; in their joys let them see that you are the source and completion of every happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
O God, we want to live our life together with you and always to continue it with you. Help us never to hurt and never to grieve each other. Help us to share all our works, all our hopes, all our dreams, all our successes, all our failures, all our joys and all our sorrows. Help us to have no secrets from each other so that we may be truly one. Keep us always true to each other, and grant that all the years ahead may draw us ever closer to each other. Grant that nothing may ever come between us and nothing may ever make us ever drift apart. And as we live with each other, help us to live with you, so that our love may grow perfect in your love, for you are the God whose name is love. This we ask for your love’s sake. Amen
Here is an excerpt from a Catholic Marriage prep class. Presented by Marriage Ministries, this segment covers the topic of couple prayer.