In Matthew 6:11, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Like bread, God’s Word and prayer are meant to be our spiritual nourishment each day for thriving marriages.
Jesus says, “I am the bread of life” John 6:35. Through His Word and prayer, we get our nourishment through Him, allowing His life to fill and strengthen us. Just as food is essential for our physical bodies, regularly spending time with God in prayer is vital for marriages centered on Christ.
There’s so many people in the world that are hungry, not just for spiritual things, but for actual food. Bread and food are so important to human life. Jesus is encouraging his disciples, encouraging his church, encouraging those who love God to ask him, say, Lord, provide for me today. Feed us today, not just physically, but spiritually. When we are lacking this nourishment, we begin to feel it, even if we don’t realize it right away: we are hungry for the Word, for truth, for fellowship with other believers.
We need to be running to God daily to get our sustenance from him. We need to be running to God in prayer and saying, “Okay, Lord, I need you.”
God’s Word in particular serves as powerful nourishment. As Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” John 17:17. Immersing ourselves in Scripture renews our minds and transforms us to be more like Christ. It equips us with wisdom for every situation. No marriage can flourish without regularly going to the Word together for biblical truth.
Yet merely reading the Word is not enough. We must also be in prayer and relationship with the Lord, praying and asking for grace to walk obediently. Through prayer, we also gain strength by depending wholly on God, rather than ourselves.
That’s why Jesus ties prayer for daily bread with seeking first God’s kingdom in Matthew 6:33. We thrive when focused on trusting and glorifying Him. Prayer keeps our hearts in a humble posture, dependent on the Lord. Make time with God through His Word and prayer non-negotiable daily habits in your marriage. Set aside a consistent time and place. Pray together. Let His Word richly dwell in you. One of the most important and basic necessities in marriage is submitting our relationship to the one who designed and purposed it. It’s going to Him together to read His word and pray. As you regularly partake in time spent with Christ, your marriage will grow in intimacy with Him.
Can we live without prayer? Yes, we can. But can we thrive, can we grow as believers? No. We need the bread of life. We need God to feed us our daily bread. We need it as believers. So go to Him in prayer together, and watch your marriage thrive.