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Your Daily Dose of Boldness – Prayer is Good for Relationships

Prayer is Good for Relationships

Relationships are hard — plain and simple. They take work, commitment, forgiveness, and one other very meaningful and often overlooked ingredient — prayer.

Although relationships are hard, most people are willing to give them a try, once or twice. In Western cultures, more than 90 percent of people marry by the age of 50. When they are healthy marriages, they are advantageous to the couples’ mental and physical health. They are also beneficial for their children. Growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational, and social problems. Yet, despite this, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.

So, why in the face of the innate desire to be in a healthy relationship, do half of them end in divorce? Why are relationships so hard to maintain in this day and age? I think the root cause is that we’re missing a divine influence in many of our relationships. This is evident in how we treat our family, friends, co-workers, and clients. We have no eternal view of these relationships, and therefore, we can easily discard them.

However, prayer is the one connection that allows us to see these relationships in a more long-term fashion. It allows us to view each other the way God views us.

This is not just a religious man’s perspective. According to a study co-authored by Frank D. Fincham, a Florida State University researcher, praying for a romantic partner or close friend can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner. Fincham remarked that, “This set of studies is the very first to use objective indicators to show that prayer changed actual behavior and that this behavior was apparent to the other partner, the subject of the prayer.”

I want to say I lucked out with Jaclyn, but our relationship has not been without its own bumps along the way. We’re two head-strong people who see things from different perspectives. But, because of prayer, I can see the strength in the differences between us and feel the comfort where we overlap. I would have a hard time understanding this if it were not for the constant prayers we say for each other.

I encourage you to take a moment and pray for your spouse, your kids, your friends, and co-workers. Then pray for your most challenging relationships. Your prayers will change your mind and heart toward them and, ultimately, your connections with them.

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