New research published in the August issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family validates the strong link between religious practice and satisfaction in marriage.
Married couples who engage in spiritual activities — such as praying together, attending worship services or reading Scripture at home — report much higher levels of relationship satisfaction.
The divorce rate in the U.S. hovers at around 50 percent — or one divorce for every two marriages. And couples who live together before marriage face an even bleaker outlook: The divorce rate for this group is about 75 percent nationwide — three divorces out of every four marriages.
If a couple prays together for just a few minutes each day, however, their risk of divorce decreases dramatically, and daily couple prayer greatly increases the likelihood that a marriage will be healthy, happy and lasting.
According to Retrouvaille International, couples who attend worship services together and who pray or read Scripture together on a daily basis experience only one divorce out of every 1,105 marriages.
It makes sense for spouses who want successful marriages to spend time together in couple prayer.
Many couples excuse their lack of marital prayer on not knowing what to do, or on worries about feeling too vulnerable.
At first, Belinda and I began to pray together by just thanking God for the many blessings in our marriage. We then started to plead together for God’s help, and to pray together with Scripture. Eventually, we began to reverence and adore God together, giving God glory and praise, with no agenda, just us — John and Belinda — experiencing the love of God in our marriage.
When Belinda and I pray together, we are always encouraged by the promise of Jesus: "Whenever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20)