Sunday, March 5, 2023



A woman needs close friendships with other women. She doesn't need many—it's the quality that counts more than the quantity. But the right caliber of friends is very important.

Your wife needs friends who build her up and enrich her life. She needs trustworthy and faithful companions to talk to, to pray with, to offer help when she needs it, and with whom she can discuss important topics about which you may not have the slightest interest.

These kinds of friends will help your wife to grow, and ultimately add to your marriage relationship.

Relationships with family members are extremely important and must be covered in prayer as well. 

In-law relationships can be especially delicate. That's why you can't assume that your wife's relationship with your family is going to be fine. In fact, the type of relationship she has with them will depend a lot on you.

Ask God to show you the truth about your wife's relationship with your family.

Your wife can't force people to love her, yet you might be able to say something to her or your family that would make a difference.

When a husband brings a wife into his family, he owes it to her to pray that she will find favor with each of his family members. Just because he fell in love with her doesn't mean they will.

Besides good relationships with friends and family members, every married couple needs to have at least two or three other couples with whom they can spend time. It's worth praying for these couples to come into your lives. If you already have these kinds of friends, pray for the friendships to grow.

The Bible says we should not be "unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Corinthians 6:14). This doesn't mean you can't have any unbelieving friends, but the relationships that influence you the most should be with people who strive to live God's way. We all know unbelievers who make better "Christians" than certain Christians. So pray that God will take out of your lives anyone who will not prove to be a positive influence.

When husbands and wives are unforgiving toward one another and don't treat each other with respect, not only do they suffer, but so do their children, family members, friends, co-workers, and anyone else with whom they come into contact. When a person has unforgiveness in his or her heart toward anyone, people who are around them pick up on it, even if they don't know exactly what it is.

Please pray for your wife that:
1. She will have close friendships with godly women.
2. She will have good relationships with all family members.
3. She will find favor with her in-laws.
4. She will not be an "injustice collector."
5. She will be able to release hurts from the past.
6. She will forgive others completely.
7. She will experience reconciliation where there is now estrangement.

Proverbs 12:26
Mark 11:25
Proverbs 18:24
Ephesians 4:31,32
Luke 6:37

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