The Couple That Prays together
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On the way home from our Easter break road trip, we stopped in Summersville, West Virginia, for a meal. We visited Gino's Pizza, the same pizza restaurant we ordered from when we took our mini-vacation last June. You can watch the mini-vacation vlogs here: Summersville Mini-Vacation 2022.
Gino's was good. We were tired from the ride, so eating at the restaurant gave us a chance to stretch our legs, use the restrooms, and eat some food. It also gave us a few minutes to talk about our trip and lay some plans for the coming week. We sat and talk, enjoyed a couple salads and fries, and of course, pizza.
While we sat talking, I (Jay) noticed a couple coming and sit at one of the tables adjacent to where we were sitting. They were an older couple, maybe in their 70's. She walked in, he came in a powered wheel chair. It wasn't the regular styled chair. It was larger chair with a high back that provided support for the upper body and head.
The wife was sweet, leading her husband into the restaurant. She removed a couple of chairs from the table to create a larger place for the wheel chair. They talked with each other, ordered their food, and she helped him with a covering to protect his shirt from the food.
I continued to glance over at them as we ate and talked at our table. I often watch older couples to see how they relate to each other. But it wasn't til it was time for us to leave when I notice it. The server brought out their food, the couple paused, bowed their heads, and prayed a blessing over their meal. I couldn't hear all that was said, but I could tell this was more than a "God is great, God is good..." kind of prayer. This was prayer. The husband was really praying.
As I watched this moment unfold, I was struck by the sincerity of their prayer posture. It was genuine, and I wished I could hear exactly what was being said. But more, I was moved. I was moved by the moment. I was moved by the faith being demonstrated. The public display of commitment, for each other and their faith, stirred a thought.
A couple weeks back, Amy wrote a post we called Crazy in Love. The post left us asking the question, "Are there other couples as crazy in love as we are?" Yes. There are.
What happen's when couples pray together?
This is what happens. Couples share a deep and intimate love with each other. There is a connection that binds them. It unites them. It strengthens their faith and gives them a boldness to lean into each other and into God. They trust each other, rely on each other, support each other, and know that they can get through anything together.
I don't know what happened that this husband needed to be in a powered wheel chair as he had. But there was a love, evident in this couple that encouraged me.
What does it take to be crazy in love? Prayer. Praying together as a couple.
Amy and I probably don't pray enough. But prayer has been a significant part of our relationship. Necessary, really. And it has made all the difference.
Are you praying together? Take some time this week to sit down and pray together. Make a list of things and people to pray for. Ask how you can be praying for your spouse this week. Be specific. Be open. Be honest. And watch what God does.
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