By Kermit Rowe, Relationship Facilitator
The struggle is real. It can also be embarrassing … and convicting!
I thought the struggle my wife and I have with praying together consistently made us an exception. But talking with and coaching other couples here at Encompass Connection Center, I’ve discovered that those who often fail to pray together consistently may be of the majority. It’s also revealing that couples I work with who struggle overall in their relationships also have not been praying together.
The struggle is not only real … it can also be destructive to romantic relationships.
Looking on the flip side of this drives the point home even more: Less than 1 percent of couples who pray together experience marriage failure/divorce according to a recent Gallup poll! Is it any wonder why the enemy of our souls wants us to not do this … and does all he can to stop it?!
Chuck Lawless, a pastor turned church consultant who is widely read and widely respected, recently wrote about the possible causes of this struggle for Thom Rainer’s Church Answers website. I’m thinking every couple faces at least one of these potential “road-to-the-Lord blocks” that can easily knock them off their spiritual stride. To see the 10 reasons, click below.
Encompass has a very effective and affordable tool to use in establishing a consistent prayer life together called the RINGS Prayer Chat Card. Based on the foundational RINGS Chat couples communication tool that has been our foundation, the card offers tips and an outline for praying together that would be helpful to any couple - whether they struggle to pray together or are looking for help to take their “together prayer life” from better to best. You can order them below.
So open your communication with your mate by better communicating together with God. And please share with us any tips you have discovered that have been helpful or challenges you have found particularly hard to overcome in this area.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.