I absolutely love praying scripture. There’s something powerful about praying God’s words back to Him, while adding a few of your own personalized requests. It helps align your desires with God’s because you are praying for the exact things God wants for you.
My husband and I just recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and on our anniversary I found myself thanking God for helping us through the hard times in our marriage and for helping us grow together. I prayed for our marriage, I prayed for my husband, and then I began to pray for myself as a wife, which led me to find a few scriptures to pray for myself to be a godly wife to my husband. I truly believe that if you are intentional about praying for your marriage and living out the roles God has called for us to play in our marriage, your marriage will grow healthier and you’ll experience victories in your marriage. It may seem one-sided at first to do be doing the praying and the working harder to be a more godly spouse, but I promise you, your husband will notice, and whether or not he says anything, he will begin being more intentional with you too. Win-win!!
Plus, Satan is always trying to sneak into our marriages, distracting us with lies and busyness and sin and other things that we must fight against. I hope this list of scriptures will be a mighty sword to use to fight against the devil’s schemes in your marriage (Ephesians 6:11, 17).
20 Scriptures Wives Can Pray To Strengthen Their Marriage
Feel free to print out this list and personalize it to make each verse applicable to your own marriage. You may want to pray one a day and focus on it throughout the day.
1. Pray that you would remember your marriage is a holy covenant. “God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:6-9
2. Pray that you would always continue to grow in your faith and in your relationship with God. “Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart, considering what great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 13:24
3. Pray that you turn to God to get your greatest needs met, rather than seeking them from your husband. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
4. Pray that you would be a spiritual encouragement to your husband. “I long to see you that I may impart some kind of spiritual gift to strengthen you, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11-12
5. Pray that you let go of any anger and bitterness toward your husband. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
6. Pray that you would remember (especially during conflict!) your husband is not the enemy, but that you are on the same team. “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12
7. Pray that regardless of what challenging life circumstances you are facing, you will face them together with your husband. “Then Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.” Ruth 2:18
8. Pray that you would grow in each fruit of the spirit toward your husband. ” The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22
9. Pray that you would see sexual intimacy as a renewal of your marriage covenant and an opportunity to show your love and commitment to your husband. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me. Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards…there I will give you my love.” Song of Songs 7:10-12
10. Pray that you would help foster peace in your home and marriage. “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places; in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18
11. Pray that you would not let busyness make your bitter toward your husband or distract you from showing your husband he is important to you. “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him [Jesus] and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me! “Martha, Martha,” the LORD answered. “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” Luke 10:40
12. Pray that your inner beauty and faith will bring your husband closer to God. “Wives..if any of them [husbands] do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Rather, is should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” 1 Peter 3:1-5
13. Pray that you would have a clear purpose and vision for your life and home. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
14. Pray that you would grow in loving kindness toward your husband. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 4-8
15. Pray that God would make it clear what you could do to help and encourage your husband each day. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18
16. Pray that you would be a blessing to your husband daily. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:10-12
17. Pray that you would grow in love and respect for your husband’s leadership. “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church…Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…” Ephesians 5:22-25
18. Pray that you would grow as a wife, mother, and homemaker. “Train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:4-5
19. Pray that your marriage would grow and flourish and be blessed. “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:3
20. And perhaps most important of all, pray that your marriage would always belong to God, that God would be its chief builder and protector. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Psalm 127:1
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There’s so many scriptures to choose from, but what verses do you pray for your marriage or for yourself as a wife?