Prayers for Marriages in Trouble: 15 Effective

By David •  Updated: 07/25/22 •  11 min read

Is your marriage in trouble? Do you have difficulty finding the right words to express your heart’s content before God?

Look no further because you are the reason I have put together these prayers for marriages in trouble.

When we go through marital crises, it gives the enemy so much joy to see us broken and miserable.

However, this is a time to hold more tenaciously to God’s unfailing promises and saving grace that delivers us from marital troubles.

So, instead of wallowing in self-pity and defeat, get up and fight for your marriage on your knees because it’s worth it.

As you pray the prayers I have provided here, the Lord will fight for you and restore peace in your marriage.

Here are 15 Highly Effective Prayers for Marriages in Trouble.

 

  1. Prayer for a Troubled Marriage.

Ephesians 5:33 (NIV) – However, each one must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Abba Father, we are grateful you sustained our marriage until now despite all the challenges.

We are also thankful for life because we know there will always be hope, will, and a way when there is life. Hence, we are convinced that there’s still hope for this troubled marriage.

Lord, we commit it to your hand and ask that you help us out. Please teach us to love and submit to each other.

Teach me (wife) particularly to love and honor my husband as the head of our home. Also, give us the grace to love each other unconditionally.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Marriage in Trouble.

Jude 1:24 (NIV) – To him who is able to keep you from falling and present you before his glorious presence without faults and with great joy.

Lord Jesus, we commit our marriage to your hands because we know you can keep us from falling apart.

Please uphold us and strengthen our relationship despite the crisis we are experiencing.

Oh Lord, restore joy, peace, and love in our marriage and home. Come into our lives and heal every broken aspect of our relationship.

Above all, please assist us in remaining faithful and committed to seeing this marriage work.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Best Prayer for a Broken Marriage.

Ecclesiastics 4:12 (NIV) – Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Mighty Redeemer, your word says that a cord of three strands is not easily broken.

Unfortunately, we have damaged the hedge over our marriage due to our carelessness, and now the serpent has bitten.

Merciful God, we acknowledge our sins and our role in breaking our marriage. We ask that you forgive us and help us restore our marriage.

Henceforth, teach us to prioritize you in our lives and, by extension, in our marriage.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Couples in Trouble.

Proverbs 21:1 (NIV) – The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

Dear God, please rescue our marriage currently in trouble. Touch our hearts and help us not to give up on each other or our marriage.

Assist us in fighting for our love and future together. If marriage counseling will be of any help,  direct us to the right counselor and use him to turn our hearts toward each other again.

Remove the distractions on our path that are dividing our attention. Make us physically attracted to each other again like in the beginning.

Most importantly, strengthen us to be more intentional about our relationship and marriage.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Marriage Problems.

I Peter 5:7 (NIV) – Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.

Sovereign Lord, we know that problems are bound to happen in any marriage.

We also didn’t enter ours with the illusion that everything would be rosy.

However, this problem is threatening our marriage’s very foundation, and we fear it will drive us apart.

Lord, we pray you to intervene and do something about it quickly.

Please show us a way out of this issue and give us the wisdom to take it and resolve the crisis without doing irreparable damage to our relationship.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Married Couples in Trouble.

Colossians 3:12 (NIV) – Therefore, as God’s holy people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Gracious God, please extend your hand of mercy and grace upon our union.

Be merciful and help us out of the mess we have found ourselves. We do not know how we got here, but what we know is that we are drifting apart.

In your compassion, we ask that you assist us in resolving our differences. Put in our hearts a yearning for each other’s company, even when we get so busy.

We also request that you help us prioritize our marriage. And lastly, clothe us with love, compassion, kindness, and patience toward each other.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Protection Over Your Marriage.

Psalm 124:1-3 (NIV) – If the Lord had not been on our side – let Israel now say- if the Lord had not been on our side when people rose up against us,

they would have swallowed us alive because of their burning anger against us.

Eternal King, we decree in the name of Jesus that no weapon formed against our marriage will prosper.

In your might, strengthen and uphold us. Bind us firmly in your unfailing love and faithfulness always.

Let no plan of the enemy succeed in tearing us apart. Empower us with the grace to overcome challenges and temptations.

Most importantly, when the storms of life arise to test our love and faith, please help us withstand them all.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  1. Prayer for Peace in a Troubled Marriage.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV) – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Prince of Peace, we pray that your peaceful presence will calm every storm between us and our home.

Bless our hearts with your peace that surpasses all understanding, and let it extend to our marriage. In dealing with each other, help us seek peace and let love rule our conversations.

Let the thoughts of our hearts and the meditations make for peace in our union. Likewise, let our conversations be seasoned with salt, and may they minister grace and hope to us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for My Falling Marriage.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength,

they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Heavenly Father, I will not be moved nor shaken because my hope is on you.

I will wait on you until I see a change in my marriage. I am confident that this present challenge will not break my spouse and me but make us stronger.

Hence, I will wait until I see your salvation in my marriage. I only ask that you strengthen me to wait patiently until I see the manifestation of this promise.

Help us not to make hasty decisions that we will regret later. Lastly, I ask that you fill our hearts with love for each other; and let this love bind us together in perfect unity.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer to Remove Bitterness and Anger.

Colossians 3:8 (NIV) – But now, you must rid your selves of such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lip.

Faithful God, please take over my heart and remove the anger and bitterness I feel towards my spouse. Give me a forgiving spirit, and let my love for her supersede this hurt.

Please do not let the sun go down on this anger, so I will not sin against you.

Dear Holy Spirit, allow me to put on love, compassion, and tender mercy toward my partner. And in all, help me love him with his faults as you love me despite my shortcomings.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer to Stop Divorce and Restore marriage.

Mark 10:9 (NIV) – Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not put separate.

Compassionate Father, your word tells me that divorce was not your original plan for marriage.

This means that it does not please you for us to get a divorce. Therefore, we ask that you stop us so we don’t proceed with the proposed divorce.

Give us a change of hearts and the grace to work on our differences to bring reconciliation rather than divorce.

Loving God, restore our marriage and help us go past the hurt and wounds we have inflicted on each other.

Above all, we pray you to forgive our selfishness and help us consider the needs of our children.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Forgiveness and Healed Marriage.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) – For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive men their sin, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Awesome God, there would be no forgiveness if there were no offenses. Hence, we pray you to teach us to forgive at all times regardless of the gravity of the offense.

Lord Jesus, please make us more like you daily until we no longer find it difficult to forgive each other. Teach more practically what forgiveness means and constantly give us the grace to do this.

Also, heal our marriage, teach us to love each other sacrificially and unconditionally like you love us all.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Restored Connection and Intimacy in Your Marriage.

Proverbs 5:18-19 (NIV) – May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

A loving doe, a graceful deer- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.

Almighty God, you know how intimacy is a vital part of any marriage relationship. Please restore our connection in this aspect of our relationship. Ignite the passion we used to have for each other.

Bring us closer to each other even far more intimately than we used to be and make us willing to give our bodies to each other at all times.

Restore our connection and intimacy so we may find satisfaction and pleasure in each other’s arms.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Marriage Settlement.

Romans 5:5 (NIV) – And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Loving God, we pray for a fresh start in our marriage. Please, give us another chance to make our relationship work.

Intervene in our relationship, assist us in settling our differences, and give us a lasting reconciliation.

Dear God, this time around, help us do better; make us more intentional and attentive to each other.

Henceforth, be the third person in our relationship and assist never give room to the devil in our marriage anymore.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for a Miraculous Ability to Love Your Spouse Well.

Proverbs 18:22 (NIV) – He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

Everlasting Father, I appreciate the blessing of marriage and life partner.

Thank you for the love and companionship we have enjoyed over the years. My earnest petition is that you show us new ways to love and make each other happy.

From now, let each day be a new opportunity to put a smile on my spouse’s face. Help me to love her selflessly, holding nothing back.

And most importantly, teach me to always put her needs above mine and actively seek her best interest.

In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Conclusion

Many couples are ignorantly fighting each other in their marriage instead of the real enemy – the devil. The truth is, your partner is not the one you should fight.

The real enemy is the devil who is out to ruin what you have together. So, I urge you to kick him out of your marriage and home with the above prayers for marriages in trouble.

David

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.