#3 – Pray together daily
It is important for a husband and wife to pray that God continue to strengthen the bond of marriage and that He remain the focal point of not only the marriage but the family. Husbands and wives should pray together every day for God’s guidance and protection. This intimate time between husband and wife is critical in the success of the marriage. A marriage without Christ cannot stand.
God created marriage and intended it to be a holy union. Where the two are joined together as one so are they joined together with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God wants us to give back to Him, and one of the ways a married couple can give back is to thank God for his blessings, for what His Son did for us and for bringing us together as a couple.
“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?”
Many couples find it difficult to pray together and have a hard time finding the words to say. Thankfully, we Catholics have many prayers already prepared for us. The Holy Rosary is a great prayer that can not only be prayed individually, but together as a couple, or even as a family.
There is also the Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
A Married Couple’s Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, dwell in our hearts and be our King; grant us by Your grace to love each other truly and chastely, even as You have loved Your spotless Bride, the Church, and have given Yourself up for her.
Bestow upon us that mutual love and Christian forbearance which are so highly acceptable in Your sight, and a mutual patience in bearing each other’s defects; for we are certain that no living creature is free from them. Do not permit even the slightest defect to mar that full and gentle harmony of spirit, the foundation of the mutual assistance in the many and varied hardships of life, that is the end for which woman was created and united inseparably to her husband.
O Lord God, grant that between us there may reign a perpetual holy rivalry toward a life perfectly Christian, by virtue of which there may shine forth more and more clearly the divine image of Your mystic union with Your Holy Church, as You have deigned to imprint it upon us on the auspicious day of our being made one.
Grant, we beseech You, that our good example of Christian living may serve as a powerful inspiration to our children to conform their own lives to Your holy law; and finally, after this exile may we ascend into heaven, where by the help of Your grace, for which we earnestly pray, we may merit to be joined with our children forever and praise and bless You through everlasting ages, Amen.
And also the Prayer of Husband and Wife:
O God, we want to live our life together with you and always to continue it with you. Help us never to hurt and never to grieve each other. Help us to share all our works, all our hopes, all our dreams, all our successes, all our failures, all our joys and all our sorrows. Help us to have no secrets from each other so that we may be truly one. Keep us always true to each other, and grant that all the years ahead may draw us ever closer to each other. Grant that nothing may ever come between us and nothing may ever make us ever drift apart. And as we live with each other, help us to live with you, so that our love may grow perfect in your love, for you are the God whose name is love. This we ask for your love’s sake. Amen