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Take Turns in Prayer

By Dr. David Clarke, Ph.D
How to pray as a couple for five minutes, three times a week.
The Big Idea
  Holding hands, pray for five minutes three times a week.
The Teaching
  First, sit down each weekend and schedule three thirty minute Couple Talk Times for the upcoming week:  just the two of you in a private
place in your home, no kids, no pets, and no distractions. (More on Couple Talk Times in a later blog)  Then, pray together for the first five
minutes of each talk time.
  The husband makes a list of your prayer requests:  your marriage, your kids, family and friends, health issues,  job concerns. . . Divide up
the list between you and take turns in prayer.  The wife prays for her two or three items and the husband prays for his.
  When you pray, hold hands.  This connects you in a warm and loving way.  And, it's important to pray out loud.  If one spouse really 
struggles with praying out loud, it's okay for that spouse to pray silently for two weeks.  When the silent spouse is finished praying, just
squeeze your spouse's hand to indicate you're finished.
The Action Plan
1. Tell your spouse how you feel about praying together in the way I have described.  Do you love the idea?  Do you hate the idea?  Honestly
discuss your reluctance to pray in this way.
2.  Husband, it's your job to schedule the prayer times and to make a list of prayer requests at each meeting.  Can you see yourself doing
this?  Tell your wife what would stop you from leading her in these prayer times.
3.  Pray together(see, this will be the beginning of your prayer as a couple!)that God will help you both step forward and pray three times a
week.   

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