Since one of two marriages end in divorce, perhaps our prayer needs to be focused on helping others see the Lord’s “big picture” view of marriage.
Consider this as one possibility.
"I, _______, take you, ________, for my lawful wife/husband,
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
to have and to hold, from this day forward,
Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
for better, for worse,
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
for richer, for poorer,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
in sickness and health,
and hope does not disappoint us,
until death do us part."
because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Romans 5: 1-5
Is it not surprising then, that as God is removed from more and more wedding ceremonies, and/or individuals chose to not remain faithful to their covenant with God, that marriages are more likely to fail?
Lord, continue to pour your love into our hearts. May those strongly united in marriage be a witness to your faithfulness. Strengthen the hearts of those struggling to honor their wedding vows, so that they too may know the hope that does not disappoint. For you will be their everlasting light, and God will be their glory.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Invite couples to renew their commitment. Pass it on.