The Importance of Couple Prayer

There are many touching, beautiful prayers in the Scriptures. Today in our first reading from Tobit, we see a newly married couple praying together. If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, then perhaps you need a check up from the neck up. In the Gospel reading, Jesus is asked which is the greatest of the commandments. Perhaps you know His answer. Even if you do, read it again!

Tobiah and Sarah were to become husband and wife. But Sarah had a history. She had been married seven times before, and not one of her husbands had survived the wedding night. Yet Tobiah knew that this was divinely appointed. And so he marries her, knowing the risk. But Tobiah decides to offer up his marriage to the Lord. And so he and Sarah pray together on their wedding night. Read their beautiful prayer. It is one that should be echoed by all married couples. Tobiah says, “I take this wife of mine…for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her…”

Whenever I speak about marriage, I offer couples the 60-second challenge. Join hands together and pray for one minute each day. I have heard from many that this has had a profound effect on their marriage. This may be the one key element that most couples are missing to deepen their relationship with God, and with each other. So if you’re not doing it yet, start today! The importance of couple prayer simply cannot be overstated. Try it yourself!

Father, we pray for all married couples. Give them the grace to pray together, that they may grow closer to you and to each other. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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4 thoughts on “The Importance of Couple Prayer

  1. Paul Hensh

    Gus I work in a hospital and my time during the day is very limited. I am a medical social worker. I find the 60 second reflections very helpful. Is there any way to receive them to my e-mail? I appreciate your devotion.
    Thank you sincerely,

    1. Gus Lloyd Post author

      Paul, you can sign up by putting your email address into the box on the right side of my web page. You’ll then be sent a confirmation email. So glad you enjoy the reflections! God Bless!

  2. Geneva Ortiz

    Hello, I got through this morning and you ran out of time. I just wanted to share that I think it is a wonderful idea! I am talking to my fiancé about it because I really feel that this will help us to build our life on Christ. We have both been married before and we never participated in any church functions or even Mass with our ex spouses. So this time we feel that we need to go the route of including Christ and making him the center of our focus of our relationship. I pray that we will be that much closer at the end of this challenge. Thanks for the challenge and may God bless you and your bride.


  3. Mary Riley

    I listened to your show today and was drawn to your challenge of praying together as a couple. My husband and I are both very prayerful, but the only time we consciously pray out loud together is before a meal, at Mass or upon starting out on a travel adventure. I made a mental note to talk to my husband about the challenge sometime later. But just a few hours after hearing your show my husband of 33 years came home for lunch and seemed down. I asked him if everything was okay. He told me he was frustrated and overwhelmed with his work load at the office. I listened intently and after not knowing what else to say to help the situation, I preceded to tell him about your couples prayer challenge. I took his hand and told him that maybe this would be the time for us to start. We both laughed a bit, but it was as easy as you said it would be. We closed our eyes, held hands and prayed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be. I’m happy I heard your message today! My husband Chris, was touched by the gesture and he said it helped. We plan to continue with it. Thank you for the encouragement and keep doing the work you do. I’m a faithful listener and Twitter follower! Mary


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