SWM007: Spiritual Intimacy – Praying with your spouse

Sex Within Marriage Podcast Image for PostsToday’s episode it about praying with your spouse to increase intimacy in your marriage.  Often prayer is a level of intimacy many are scared to step into.  But, getting past the initial obstacle means opening up your marriage to a whole new level of intimacy, which can in turn spur other areas of intimacy forward.

Show Notes

  1. Marriages have many types of intimacy.  Physical intimacy, emotional intimacy, but often we forget about spiritual intimacy.
  2. Like the staves of a barrel, if any is too short, the intimacy in the marriage cannot reach it’s full potential.  The area of intimacy lacking will be a limiter to the rest.

How does praying help intimacy?

  1. Authentic prayer requires vulnerability.  It’s a time to be open and honest with God.  Praying with your spouse encourages openness and honesty with your spouse, and they get to see the “real” you.
  2. Praying together helps keep your spiritual life aligned.
  3. Praying together helps keep you in the loop on what’s going on with your spouse.
  4. Praying together helps force you to make time, if only a little, to be together, without interruptions.
  5. Half of the couples that took our week of prayer challenge found a 35% increase in sexual frequency when committed to praying together once a day for a week.

How to start praying together

  1. Start simple, short, easy prayers
  2. Follow a 40 days of prayer devotional if you’re not sure what to say (our church has done this one, but you can choose your own)
  3. You can both pray, or just one each time, you decide

What if my spouse won’t pray?

  1. Ask if you can still pray with them
  2. Model it for them
  3. Make it a safe environment for them
  4. Ask them every so often (monthly or less) if they want to pray
  5. Leave them space in the prayer time to pray in case they want to jump in.
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