Prayers For Marriages In Trouble

Words Of Encouragement For Marriages In Trouble

Are you bitter for something your spouse did that hurt you?

Are you married to an unbeliever?

Is your marriage in trouble?

As Christians, we desire that our marriage be centered around God. You value your spouse and want to honor your vows.

Couples who are deeply rooted in God’s Word will be able to face daily trials as they come along.

God’s Word (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) best describes what a marriage should be.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Bible Verse Short
  • Patient, kind, protective, hopeful
  • Not angry, proud, selfish, envious
  • Trusts, hopes, and perseveres

If you or your spouse is struggling with weaknesses or sin that is affecting your marriage, God wants to restore your marriage and bring you and your spouse closer together to grow and serve Him.

There is hope because your gracious and loving Father will equip you and your spouse to have victory over issues that come up.

You honor God and your spouse by praying over your marriage.

1. Prayer For Marriages In Trouble

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for blessing me with a partner for life. I want to glorify you in honoring my marriage vows and being the best spouse I can be. 

I pray for an abundance of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) within myself and my spouse.

  • Peace over our home and our spirits.
  • Love that overcomes all.
  • Joy that is ever-present, especially during trials.
  • Faithfulness to you God and one another.
  • Patience in your perfect timing and will for my marriage and also towards my spouse.
  • Kindness at all times towards my spouse.
  • Goodness that is honorable and pure.
  • Gentleness to handle a hurting heart and bruised spirit.
  • Self-control to resist the temptation to sin against you and my marriage.

Father, please grow my marriage and place in each of us a burning passion to serve you. Help my spouse to be the kind of leader in our family that he needs to be. May he lead by example in his own spiritual walk.

I pray that you would heal conflict in my marriage and place in each of us a forgiving heart. Help each of us to love, honor, and cherish each other always.

Your Word describes love as patient, kind, non-envious, not boastful, not self-seeking, not evil, protective, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never-failing (1 Corinthians 13:4-8.)

I pray Lord that you would saturate both of our hearts with this kind of love.

Lord, thank you for the purity of marriage. Help us to be sober-minded and on alert against the evil that seeks to devour us.

Protect us and our marriage against a moment of weakness.

Place in us an eagerness to serve each other with love, humility, and patience. Make us both of the same mind and love. Grant us freedom from selfishness.

Father, no man can separate what you have joined together. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you are married to an unbeliever, you can pray for your spouse’s salvation and stand on the promises of God (1 Peter 3:1-6.)

Prayer For Struggling Marriages

Dear Father, I thank You for loving with everlasting love. You have raised and guided me from childhood to this time. You have been a faithful Friend and Teacher, becoming everything I have needed in every situation. I am proud and privileged to call You Abba.

Lord, I thank You for my home and marriage, and I count my blessings as I look at the goodly man that has become my partner. I bless You for the gift of nuclear and extended family, and I see that all You have brought to my life is very good.

I bless thank You for Your perfect thoughts towards me, and I know that You are not oblivious of all the happenings in my life and home. The Scriptures tell me that You have loved me with everlasting love, and all that You do is perfect. Therefore even now, when my marriage is going through troubling times, I still will trust You.

Lord, I thank You for the great seasons that we have experienced as a couple, and I thank You for the troubles that You have given us the wisdom and grace to weather together. I am thankful because, from each season, we have come to experience a personal knowledge of who we are in Christ and who You are to us.

It would have been alright not to experience these times, but it was like being in the classroom of life and having You as our teacher.
You have taught us patience, love, kindness, and understanding with each phase of life that we have had as a couple.

And now, Lord, it seems like we are both tired and weary, and each one of us is ready to through in the towel and give. And yet, I still trust You in this time to give us wisdom and strength for the times ahead.

You have kept me through the years and have carried me under Your wings when my feet were too weary and my strength too small to suffice. You have asked that I come to You when I am weary and heavy laden, and You have promised to bring rest to my soul. Lord, I am tired, confused, and unsure of what the future holds for this marriage.

I see the man that You have given me, and I can also see his struggle. Lord, I confess that we are in over our heads, and I plead for mercy. Lord, I pray that You pick us up from this miry clay that threatens to swallow us up and help our marriage out of this trouble.

I ask that You will keep our hearts steady on You and help us to trust You through this season. I pray that You will open our eyes and hearts to the lessons that are present in this season and that we will glean the instructions of Your Word as we apply our hearts to wisdom. I pray that we will not lose our marriage to this storm, but we will keep looking up to You as the anchor of our home. Amen.

More Encouraging Words For a Struggling Marriage

Marriage is God’s idea, and He ordained it that a man will leave his parents and unite with his wife and they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).

Genesis 2:24 Bible Verse

Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. Genesis 2:24

When two people come together, problems arise because they come from different backgrounds. Sometimes the problems persist and leave the marriage struggling.

God’s word has set out the principles that govern marriage. It also gives a couple hope when the marriage is on the rocks. Make it your refuge and the first place you look for help.

If you are in a struggling marriage today, the God who joined you and your spouse will come to your rescue.

He is the God who saw Hagar’s affliction when Sarah, Abraham’s wife, mistreated her.

She called Him “The God Who Sees” (Genesis 16:6-7,13).

Genesis 16:13 Bible Verse Short

He sees your situation and is coming to help you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into the root cause of your marital issues. He will show you the truth and give you wisdom on how to handle difficult situations.

Sometimes the cause of a problem is something that never crossed your mind.     

Pray over your marriage and declare God’s promises over it. Take authority over anything that is hindering the flow of love and respect in your marriage.

Reflect on the prayer principles Jesus gives in Mark 11:22-25.

If there are areas where you and your spouse are not in agreement, find out what God’s word says and align with it. This will start the restoration process.  

2. Prayer For Marriages In Trouble

Heavenly Father,

I pray for you to restore my broken marriage. We’ve fallen so far from the beautiful thing that you created marriage to be.

You created marriage to be a glorious gift that mirrors your love for your own bride, the Church. You intended marriage to bring us joy and companionship. But right now, this perfect picture seems so far away.

My spouse and I are only human; we’re imperfect, and our relationship with each other is imperfect as a result. We are going through such a difficult time, and sometimes I’m not even sure we can make it through to the other side.

But Lord, don’t ever let us give up on this marriage. Don’t let us grow weary of loving each other.

Help us to fight for it, each and every day. Give us tender, forgiving hearts toward one another. Help us to love each other unconditionally, just as you love us. On the day of our marriage, we entered into a sacred covenant blessed by You, and I will not break that covenant no matter how hard it gets.

Lord, cover all of our mistakes, as well as all of our sinful thoughts and actions, with grace. Don’t let our own flaws or the circumstances around us change the sanctity of our marriage. God, I recognize that my marriage is in trouble.

So I come humbly before you, asking you to save it by any means possible.

I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Bible Verses For Struggling Marriages

God, I believe that you can heal my marriage.

Luke 18:27 Bible Verse

But He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27


God, help me to forgive my spouse, just as you have forgiven me.

Matthew 6:14 Bible Verse

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15


God, please fill our home with your presence and peace. Please cleanse every square inch of this house and create a Godly atmosphere.

Protect this house from the unclean things of the world. Convict those under this roof when they violate this place.

Give me the strength, guidance, and peace in maintaining a Christ-filled home.

“But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.     Corinthians 7:12-14


God, give us compassion towards each other, and do not allow our hearts to become hardened.

1 peter 3:8 short verse

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. I Peter 3:8-9

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