A Marriage Prayer For a Deeply Troubled Marriage

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A Couple That Prays Together Stays Together
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If a friend or an acquaintance were to approach you and say "Help me save my marriage, or how can I save my marriage?" How many of you would tell this person to try praying about it?

For those of you who might be going through marriage problems or about to be divorced due to infidelity, unselfishness, financial issues and so on, it can be tough trying to take on all the stress all by yourself. However, if you believe in God, and have the faith that He can turn your situation around, why are you not praying to Him, asking Him to help you? According to the writers of the spiritual song entitled " What A Friend We Have In Jesus", we often give up peace and suffer needlessly simply because we tend to leave God out of the picture.

This is what this special verse of this song has to say " Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!"

Praying is just the simple act of communicating with God, just in the same manner you usually communicate with others. You are just having a conversation or dialogue with God, asking Him to do you a favor. Go into your bedroom, living room, bathroom, or somewhere where it 's quiet -- get down on your knees and just open up your heart, problems, worries and pain to God. Below is a marriage prayer you can use.

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A marriage Prayer

Dear most caring, loving and understanding God, You are already aware of all my marriage problems, worries and pain I am about to take to You in prayer right at this blessed moment. Father God, I have tried my best and have done all that I could possibly do to try to resolve all the issues that have led to this present status of my marriage.

At this point, there is nothing else I can do, so I surrender everything to You! I sincerely plead for your divine intervention! Please take matters in your hands, and do what You have to do to fix my marriage.

Forgive me for the things I have done or unconsciously done that have contributed to this present state of my marriage. If there is anything I should have done at any point and have not done, or should have been doing and haven't been doing, God please forgive me.

Father I know that I am far from being perfect, for this reason, I must admit that I am not blameless. Talk to me, show me what I have to do. Give me the wisdom, knowledge and understanding I need to play my part, day by day.

Touch the heart of my partner, and open up his/her eyes dear Lord. Talk to him/her in a special way so that he/she may obey and be willing to meet me halfway. You know what exactly have changed the once loving, caring and understanding person I have initially married.

The person I stood beside in your Sanctuary in holy matrimony and make my vows to remain with for richer or poorer, and through sickness. The person I have pledged to remain with until death.

Father God, I believe in You and so I trust in You to take care of all my marriage problems. There is no favor too big to ask of You. I know that all I have to do when I pray, is to surrender everything to You and just have the faith to believe You are going to help me save my marriage. I know it has to be done your way and at a time chosen only by You -- so choose your own time and have it your own way great, merciful Jesus. Thank You God. Amen!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Amen and thank you. I am not putting down the important value of prayer. What got me through my rough times, and some were BIG, were our wedding pictures.

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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks Mhatter99, I know you are aware of the importance of prayer! Prayer should always be one of the main components for cultivating a successful marriage. However, we shouldn't wait until things start to get out of hand before we start praying. In fact, we should try to pray every single day.

You mentioned that your wedding pictures helped you a lot -- thanks for sharing this. This sounds logical -- good memories and a reminder of a very important day where two people had made a vow to remain together until death! I am definitely sure others who read your comment may find your approach very logical and interesting. Thanks for your input.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I wanted to read this but thankfully we have a happy life. what could be worse than facing a person everyday with conflict. You said it all.

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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks for your feedback on this hub carol7777. I agree, you have to be thankful when you have a happy life, because for many, it only gets worse day after day --- so sad! However, with God all things are possible. In fact, he has the answers to all our problems.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

The Prayer of St Francis has always been one of my favorites. I would say yes to your question of whether I would ask some one to pray for a troubled marrriage. Lovely to connect over this!! Thanks for it!

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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks for stopping by again midget38; I must admit that the Prayer of St Francis is definitely a deep, divine, and sincere prayer. I wish many more people out there would learn to appreciate it and use it when they find themselves in deep distress. I am glad that you would suggest prayer, if someone were to ask you that question! God cares, he is awesome, and he is able to fix just about any problem.

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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

Amen! Nothing works in solving problems effectively than prayers. When we request God to intervene and take control of our lives including marriage, then surely He will.

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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Nyamache, like I mentioned above in the second paragraph of this Hub, we often forfeit peace and bear needless pain simply because we fail to take our problems to God! If you don't invite God into your home, then you are leaving the door wide open for the devil. Once the devil walks in, there will be continuous strife and marriage problems!

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I know several people who could use this prayer. It is easy to get into fight mode with your partner. I have learned to overlook many things and focus on only what is really important. Great hub.

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mackyi 4 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Hey Carol7777, thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I certainly don't have much to offer to those persons who are going through a rather tough marriage relationship or even a common-law relationship problem. The only thing I can offer is this prayer, along with my sympathy and personal words of prayer. If by chance anyone of these individuals happens to read this portion of your comment " I have learned to overlook many things.........is really important", this in fact, could offer an additional source of strength for them. Thanks for your contribution.

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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thank you for such a beautiful prayer. One line about my partner "meeting me halfway" reminded me of a thought from a pastor who was also a marriage counselor. He said that when both people in a couple feel like they're doing 90% of the work, then they're each doing half, and it will be great!

mackyi 3 years ago

Your are certainly welcomed Sidekemp. I am also 100% in agreement with what the pastor/marriage counselor had to say. Actually, when two people become involved in a relationship, that relationship is officially now a partnership. Partners consult each other before they make decisions, and they work together every step of the way. If partners fail to assume responsibilities or contribute unequally, they are definitely setting up themselves for failure. In any relationship, self-interest, and selfishness, get you nowhere!

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mackyi 3 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks for stopping by betty30. I will reciprocate the good deed!

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I agree with you and we should also remember to thank God when we have a good and happy marriage and not take those for granted. As Jesus told us with The Lord's Prayer what to say when words escape us, He knows, and all we have to do is believe for the answer and with Jesus standing good for it, it may be easier to do!


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mackyi 3 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks for reading a commenting Jackie. I do validate your thoughts on this subject.

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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

mackyi, " O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." It's true!

I loved reading your prayer so filled with passion, humility and transparency. God is able to meet our every need and He will meet us when we surrender to Him in prayer.

Thank you for writing on this important topic!

God Bless You!


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mackyi 3 years ago from Philadelphia Author

I must have sung this song a million times from childhood days up until adulthood, yet I never one day paid attention to those quoted words. Then one day while I was going through a rather tough time, I decided to pour out my distress to God. As I search through the Hymnal for comforting songs, I stumbled across this song, and for the first time I came to realize that I could avoid enduring all my pain simply because God had already promise to redeem me in time of sadness -- all I have to do is to talk to him! Thanks McKenzie, and God bless.

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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica

Prayer is a great solution. Forgiveness is another method. It is very thoughtful of you to publish a prayer.

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mackyi 2 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Thanks for dropping by Ras. As I become more determine than ever to build and maintain by spirituality with the Higher Power, I will be more than happy to share whatever wisdom, knowledge and understanding I have gained throughout the process! Peace and Love.

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Michelle Ascani 2 years ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

I love the saying A couple that prays together stays together. No matter how hurt or upset you are with someone, when you are in prayer together, its about as intimate as it gets.

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mackyi 2 years ago from Philadelphia Author

Amen to this Michelle! You are so right...so intimate/close that there's not even a micro-inch of space that will allow the devil to get wedged between that couple!

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Treasuresofheaven 2 years ago from Michigan

Magnificient! You gave a marriage prayer and counsel all in one. This was beautiful, and I hope many will be blessed by it! Voted Up and Beautiful!

keith 14 months ago

please pray that my wife can forgive all the hurt i caused and that she wants to give our marriage a second chance and her love for me grows stronger every day,and we can be stronger for each other,and our family,i am really sorry for all the hurt i caused and really hope all my prayers will be granted, i really love my wife so much,and really miss her and our kids.

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mackyi 14 months ago from Philadelphia Author

Keith, I don't think there's anything that prayer cannot resolve. Anything you ask of God, He will grant you your request. However, it has to be according to His will, or in other words, He will give you whatever He thinks is best for you, but only at a moment that He thinks is the right time. In fact, It's written in St. John 15:7(KJV)."If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

When you pray, quote this scripture above. Tell God that according to His words, He says that "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." so this is why you're asking Him to help you resolve this issue you are currently having with your wife and family.

FYI. God always honor his words, for this reason, this is a very effective approach to praying!

I assumed you have already asked your wife for forgiveness, so I also recommend that you ask God for forgiveness for all you have done to her.

cm 14 months ago

thank you for this prayer it comforted me through all the pain and anger i was feeling this morning JESUS is surely my comforter

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mackyi 14 months ago from Philadelphia Author

Hi cm, thanks for turning to this prayer for comfort. More importantly, I'm glad you were able to find that much needed comfort!

I couldn't agree with you more; Jesus is such an awesome comforter!

ken 4 months ago

Unfailing prayers

DEAR HEART OF JESUS In the past I have asked for many favours, this time I ask for this special one. Take it dear Heart of Jesus and place it with your own broken heart where your Father will see it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say prayer for 3 days, promise publication and favor will be granted. Never known to fail.

Holy Spirit you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. You who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget all that is done to me. You who are in all the instincts of my life. I, in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you (name whatever your request is). Say this prayer for 3 days. After the third day, the request will be granted, no matter how difficult. Promising to publish the entire dialogue is a condition for granting your request

SACRED HEART of Jesus may your name be praised, adored and glorified throughout the world forever and ever. Amen. Say six times a day for nine days and your prayers will be answered before the ninth day, no matter how impossible. Don't forget to thank the Sacred Heart and promise publication with thanks. [Thanks! -- P.]

THE MEMORARE Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was ever left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

PRAYER THAT NEVER FAILS. O Jesus who has said "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary, thy most Holy Mother, I knock; I seek; I ask that my prayer will be granted (make request). O Jesus who said "All you ask of the Father in My name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary, Thy most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask thy Father in Thy name that my prayer be granted (make request). O Jesus, Who has said "Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my word shall not pass," through the intercession of Mary, Thy most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted (make request). Publication must be printed to make novena answer. Say each day for nine days. Publication must be promised.

PRAYER TO BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) O most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine; splendor of Heaven; Blessed Mother of the Son of God; Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein You are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to succour me in the necessity (make request.) There are none that can withstand Your power. O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee (three times). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (three times.) (3 consecutive days) Publication must be made and promised in thanks for favours granted. Also thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Therese the Little Flower. [Thanks all around! --P.]

O HOLY ST. JUDE, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, the faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in the time of need. To You I have recourse from the depths of my heart, and humbly beg you, to whom God has given such great power, to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I propose to make your name known and cause your name to be invoked. 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary's, 3 Gloria's. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Publication must be promised. This novena has never been known to fail. This novena must be said on nine consecutive days.

MAY the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved, and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us {OR} pray for us. {Saint Jude, Worker of miracles, pray for us.} Saint Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say the prayer 8 times a day for 9 days. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised.

5 DAY NOVENA TO ST THERESE the Little Flower. Please pick me a rose from the Heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant the message I implore and tell Him I love Him more and more. Prayer to be followed by 5 Our Father's, 5 Hail Mary's, 5 Glory Be's or Gloria’s, not sure which (researching this.) Prayer to be said by 11 am for 5 days and never fails. Publication must be promised.


O Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me... (Here mention your request.) The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

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