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How to Stay Married Forever

Diana and I are in a couples’ group that meets once a week.  We are going through a book that brought up an interesting set of statistics from a Gallup pole.

  • US divorce rate: 1 in 2
  • US divorce rate among Evangelical Christians: 1 in 2
  • US divorce rate among Christians couples who pray together daily: 1 in 1052

Now we’re not in danger of becoming a statistic.  But this encouraged me more than anything else I’ve ever read about the power of prayer.  If you are having problems in your marriage, if you occasionally get into arguments, or if you ever experience the effects of sin in any way upon your marriage, prayer is the key to overcoming.

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  1. October 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm | #1

    My wife and I do not pray daily. But what we do is talk openly and honestly with each other and do not go to bed angry. That’s every day. Talk about your desires, your needs, your joys, your hurt, and your struggles honestly and often and all shall be well. It’s all about relating to the relationship, not about meeting your own needs everyday.

  2. October 17, 2008 at 8:06 pm | #2

    Drew, that’s awesome. I think the thing about prayer is not that you have to do it to stay married, but if you do it, you almost certainly will stay married. I suspect that couples that have difficulty talking openly and honestly with each other will find it easier to do so if they begin praying together daily.

    My wife and I do not pray daily. But this statistic helps me see the value in it. It is something I want to start doing.

  3. steph
    October 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm | #3

    I think Drew is right. It is more about honest daily communication and relating to the relationship. Prayer may be part of that or it may not. A couple who can pray together every day is more likely to be having that honest daily communication anyway.

  4. October 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm | #4

    Yes, I think this is exactly right. Or put it the other way around: the best thing for a couple that is having trouble communicating is to pray together daily. It will almost certainly lead to better communication, and probably better everything else.

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