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Matthew 10:27 “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight. What is whispered in your ear, shout from the rooftops.”
One of the things I realized lately is that my husband and I don’t pray together aloud. Or at least not as much as we should. We pray at meal and bed times with our sons, and we have taught them to pray for safe travels when we get in the car. I feel we do well when we all pray together as a family, but we definitely could use some help in praying aloud together.
There is probably a huge list of excuses any of us could come up with as to why this might happen. We have two children under the age of five, I homeschool, my husband works and is taking online classes, we’re very involved in our church, there doesn’t seem to be enough time…the list could go on and on.
The truth is, I was never taught to pray aloud as a child. Prayers to me were very private and I spoke softly and quietly to the Lord. Fast forward a few years and I’m married to the love of my life, who was raised to pray aloud and be unashamed in doing so. I love that about my husband. I love how he can grab my hand and pray aloud to our Father in heaven and state what is on his heart.
We have so much to be grateful for and I should be shouting from the rooftops my love and gratitude for all the Lord has blessed us with. I thank God every night before I lay my head down to sleep; I just have been doing it quietly.
Lately, I have been “practicing” praying aloud before my husband comes in to bed. It is a foreign concept to me to pray aloud, but I realize with more “practice” I am becoming more comfortable. There is a fear in me that I will pray the wrong way or not say the right words, but I know this is a lie from Satan. The Lord always wants to hear us exclaim our love for Him.
How do you and your spouse find the time to pray together as a couple? Is this something that you have had to work on in your marriage also?
I would love any suggestions on how to overcome being shy in praying aloud in front of not only my husband, but also others.
This article originally appeared as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on July 18, 2014.