“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
The power of prayer is incredible and we should never take for granted our ability to personally speak with the Creator of the universe. The same God who spoke all-that-is into being can certainly help us with our problems.
When we pray, there is an obvious connection with God. But there is also a connection with those whom we are praying with. If you have been part of a prayer group you have probably felt the connection to one another when you see God answering a prayer. Or you might have collectively felt the same loss when God answered a prayer but the answer was “no.”
The connection between a man and a woman can be greatly intensified when they pray together. It creates strong bonds between two people when they join together in prayer. Not that prayer should ever be discouraged but praying as a couple is one of the most intimate things that a couple can do together so it shouldn’t be done haphazardly. It is not recommended early on in a relationship as it will likely create a level of intimacy that the relationship is not yet ready for.
How and why does prayer create intimacy? In a Christian relationship the couple is not alone; God is a part of their relationship. If God is at the center of their relationship, every time the couple grows closer to God they ultimately grow closer to one another.
There is also a mental/emotional aspect to prayer. Praying as a couple means that you are praying about the same things. In your personal prayer time there’s a good chance that you might prayer about something that your spouse has no concern about – perhaps a coworker they don’t even know. When you pray together, you are both focusing on the same things and stating that you both believe the same things are important. Simply agreeing with one another and being reminded that you agree on these things is important in a relationship.
Prayer time together will undoubtedly focus on common goals however. It is one thing to know that your spouse cares about your well being or the achievement of your goals. It is another thing entirely to hear it expressed in prayer. Hearing your spouse pray for your needs and even your desires is a big thing and it is an intimate thing that shouldn’t be taken lightly.