Prayer is one of the most powerful and transformational of the spiritual disciplines.  When we pray, we commune with the one who created us and formed all that is around us.  Often we gain wisdom, guidance, comfort and humility through prayer.  Scripture also tells us that when we pray God always hears us (1 John 5:14).  So, keeping all of this in mind, is the power of prayer a force in your most intimate relationships?  Are you and your spouse or significant other praying together and, almost more importantly, are your praying for each other and your relationship?  As we focus on forgiveness within intimate relationships this week in worship, I want to invite you to be in prayer for your relationship.  Below is a prayer that I want to encourage you to pray every day this week.  You might pray it together aloud with your partner each morning or evening.  Even if you pray this prayer on your own, I am sure that you will begin to see a transformation in how you look towards your significant other and how they look towards you.

God,

Grant that I and my partner may have a true

and understanding love for each other.

Grant that we may both

be filled with faith and trust.

Give us the grace to live

with each other in peace and harmony.

May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses

and grow from each other’s strengths.

help us to forgive one another’s failings

and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness

and the spirit of placing the well-being

of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together

grow and mature with each passing year.

Bring us both ever closer to You

through our love for each other.

Let our love grow to perfection.

Amen.

Pastor Michael Maroon, Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care