Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Join Us in Prayer for Relationships

As some of you may know, or not, Beliefnet has a community that operates like a social netowrk for believers of all stripes. One of the most robust parts of the community are our prayer circles where users are invited to submit their prayer requests and people are welcome to submit their prayers in response to those prayer requests.
Once a week on this blog, we will highlight prayers from the community based on a theme we have seen throughout the requests. We invite you, our readers, to pray for these community members and submit your own prayers. We hope this will build up a powerful energy that will create breakthroughs in the lives of people all across the world.

This week’s prayer circle roundup is based on prayers about relationships submitted by community members. Please join us in prayer.


My wife has battled depression and poor treatment from me. Over the past year, I have changed dramatically. She is unable or unwilling to tear down the wall I helped her build. I pray that the marriage can survive

Pray for healing and reconciliation in my relationship. He is currently seeing another woman and I pray for that to end and he return to me with his love and fidelity and to work out our issues so that we can be married
Her husband betrayed their marriage and had an affair with another woman 2 yrs ago and wanted to leave her when their newborn was only 2 weeks old. Now, he’s bringing up the subject again. She’s in turmoil
I just need another chance I know what needs to be changed and I know what needs to be stopped. Lord, I’m ready. Give me another chance. This pain has yet to go away
I’m really depressed about the loss of a relationship and am having a hard time staying strong and keeping the faith. I loved him so much and it hurts so bad.
Please pray that my wife turn to God and be converted, has a change of heart, love me and reconcile our marriage.

  • darrell john smith

    lord i love and treasure your love and life may i have the blessing of your most precious gifts to man to have a love for life and along with to serve and do what your will be may i find a true love if it be your will in jesus name i ask to you our holy father for my mate a woman to always serve and treasure in a loveing holy christ like way amen

  • Debbie

    Father, I pray for your strenght in me.To heal from my relationship with my ex of six years.He left me after our daughter passed away.She was born stillborn.
    We have had our ups & downs.But my heart breaks for him.To have peace with one another ,To forgive the hurtfull things we said to each other.God I asked that you pray in me to find peace with this person whom I have loved for so very long.

  • Tracy

    My husband and I have been distanced by the birth of our son and my 18 year old daughter’s choice in relationship. Please pray for us to find common ground to raise our young family together.

  • Louzane

    I was in a relationship for 5 years, he had cheated on me I forgave him and he has told me wants nothing more than a friendship based on what others have told him that was untrue. He has a woman from his past in his life he as told is his foster mother for me to know different…she takes care of all his housing, car and needs materially through her riches of her company..he also works for her company and he believes all she says is right. She to is using this for a form of control to he he sees if they meet her expectations. Lord help him see the light and that I am not who they have said I am. He shows no emotion and takes no blame in our problem. I love this man with all my heart but feels he needs your guidance in his life. I pray you can reach him soon in some magnification spiritual way. Thank you Lord for giving me spiritual guidance as I try so hard to live through you. In your name amen

  • Mary

    Please surround my sister Marge in prayer for relief of her anxiety and depression. Please ask God to take the ease her pain and fears today. I ask with you and Gods help to show her and guide her in the pathe that she needs to take to recover.
    thank you

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, your very name is ‘Comfort’ and ‘Peace.’ Marge needs you to lift her anxiety and depression. We ask for this now. If there are external events in her life that are contributing to her fears, remove and change those circumstances. If the issues are connected to any medical conditions or chemical balances, bring order to her body. Lord, show her the path. Bless Mary and send her to her sister as a messenger of faith and hope, strength and stability. She will never in herself have enough to meet all of Marge’s needs, but when you work through Mary, YOU Lord can be enough! We pray this in Jesus’ name, trusting you to keep your promises yet again!”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    Louzane, this is a beautiful, selfless prayer. When we pray for someone asking God to reveal truth to them we’re leaving them in His hands and the outcome we can trust will come from God and not our manipulation. You have expressed this well. We agree with you that truth will eventually prevail. May God give you strength to bear the process!

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, you know Tracy’s desire to be truly united with her husband. You also know the barriers that stand between them. Show them the path to harmony. Reawaken the spark of love in their marriage and give them even more than they expect. Give them a genuine ‘common ground’ and a unity and partnership that you want for them. In Jesus’ name we ask this…”

  • Ginny

    Please remember my family in your prayers. Pray for their turning back to the Lord. For healing in marriages, especially for the children who are struggling with depression, anger, and feelings of abandonment. Also pray for God’s wisdom to realize it’s not about us, it’s really all about Jesus. Also pray for unsaved members, that the Lord will open their eyes and hearts to Jesus. We all need to surrender everything to the Lord. Thank you and may God richly bless you.

  • Nana

    Please pray for my marriage and my husband suffers from bipolar depression and OCD Scrupolosity where his mind is under constant barrage of thoughts that offend him and he gets real upset. We have tried all kinds of medication and I have bought books and worked to help him with this. But he has been doing this for 7 years. I am so worn down. I know my Lord could heal him and that satan and his demons want to destroy both him and I. I just don’t understand as I have begged the Lord for help. MY HUSBAND IS IN HIS OWN TYPE OF HELL. We have not been as a husband and wife for seven years.

  • Angela Simmons

    Please Pray for my relationship.I have been dating this guy fore 91/2 years.And we have broke up.Because I’m ready for marriage and he’s not.I love him and his kids and I know he love me and my kids.I fill that this is my husband already because we are still their for each other and we have a trucking business together.I pray that God bring him back to me to be the man he suppose to be to me.Please pray for me and him to be reunited as one and be a happy family worship and praising God.Pray for us finanical and our families and our business.

  • Your Name

    Please Pray for my relationship.I have been dating this guy fore 91/2 years.And we have broke up.Because I’m ready for marriage and he’s not.I love him and his kids and I know he love me and my kids.I fill that this is my husband already because we are still their for each other and we have a trucking business together.I pray that God bring him back to me to be the man he suppose to be to me.Please pray for me and him to be reunited as one and be a happy family worship and praising God.Pray for us finanical and our families and our business.

  • Raquel

    i would like a prayer for me and my boyfriend of 3 yrs he’s had an affair that lasted 1 yr and now we are back together but not the same. I love him more now than ever. He takes time away from me cause hewants to be sure he loves me still. please pray that we get back together so we can get married. all of his friends and kids and family want him with me. i want his heart to open up and not be affraid to take another chance. Please pray for his heart to open up and come back.

  • Ruby

    I need a prayer for me! I have been married to my husband for 6 years and things are not good. I am torn in half because I want my marrage to work and my family to stay strong,but I have not been happy for some time now and am turning to other men. I know its wrong and its a constant battle inside me because i know in my heart that is is wrong and i need to stop but for some reason i cant. Please ask God to give me strength against my demons! Thank you and God bless you all.

  • Kristy

    Please pray for my boyfriend and I. We have been dating for 9 months and I have come to love this man more than I thought possible. I know he loves me the same but he has had 2 past marriages that has caused him to be terrified of getting married again. He has issues with his health that could shorten his life as well and between the two he freaks out if marriage is even brought up. We are both christians and we want to be happy but his fear has taken over. I have tried to talk to him about praying and turning over that fear to God and ask for his help to over come it. I pray everyday and give my burdens over to God that he will help him to open his heart and mind to this relationship and to take away his fear. I ask that you also pray for us. Thank you and God bless us all that we will all put our total faith and trust in God

  • C Williams

    Please pray for myself and my partner. We have been together for a year, and friends for two. He is great with my daughter and we had reached the point of pursuing engagement at one time. Now, the further we go along, the more he is reverting back to how he was before we got together – he is drinking a little, more concerned with what his friends are doing, he wants to be friends with his ex-lover while in a relationship with me, he is lacking motivation and ambition, and is passive about life. He isn’t working any longer, and his dreams of pursuing an athletic career are fading slowly. If I didn’t care, this would be easy. I feel like I’ve been with a fake for the past year of my life. My daughter has grown unbelievably attached to him, as have I, my friends, and my family. His family and friends have grown attached to me. I have been hurting for the past two months because I don’t feel that he cares about my feelings. I tell him that him being friends with his ex-lover is painful for me and leaves me feeling insecure. That doesn’t matter to him, and this is just an example. He has this wall up now, but he claims he loves me. He says he doesn’t want to split. At one time he made me feel so special and exclusive, now I feel like one of his female friends. I pray we can get back on track, leave all outside influences outside of our relationship. I pray that we both realize each others’ worth and self-worth, to determine the best route for our relationship – whether that is to stay together and get back on track, or to dissolve it. Please Pray the influence on our relationship is the Lord’s influence. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  • Your Name

    I have been in a relationship for 7 years now. I have had two children with this man, one of them has downs syndrome. I pray that he can completely get over the hurt, pain and humiliation I caused him when I was actively using drugs. I have a mental illness and Lupus. I pray to My Lord that we can both heal and have a healthy loving relationship and that our family can be as one again.

  • Your Name

    MY WIFE AN I are 2500 miles apart right now. We have recently been hit with this so called financial crisis, and recently lost our home, and had nowhere to go. She chose to go to her grandmothers with my kids, but gave me the ultimatum, that if that was the move she had to take that she couldn’t take anymore. I’m in so much pain and totally confused. I love my wife and kids and need them in my life. Please pray that the lord will see us thru and somehow make us stronger as ONE.

  • DeAnne

    I was in a relationship until about 2 months ago. We have not spoken since then. I wanted some inner peace with myself for the part I played in our relationship so I texted him and apologized. Since I stated I wanted inner peace, he told me it was all about me and that I was not apologizing to him, then he asked me what I wanted. This has hurt me very much for the past 2 days now and I can’t stop thinking about it. Now I feel like it wish I would never have apologized in the first place but I just felt like it was something I needed to do. Please pray for me.

  • Judi

    My son has been unfaithful to his wife of 3 years. We are heart broken. My son needs to get right with God and also his wife. Please pray that his heart will be soft to God’s voice and that he will continue to work on his marriage. Also pray that we will have wisdom to deal with this.

  • Allie

    My husband is still looking at porn even after he promised me he would stop. He rarely wants to have sex with me anymore. Please pray that he will turn his passions back to me, instead of other women.

  • Brenda

    My son is 25 and very lonely for a good woman to love and be loved by. Please pray that he will find his true love and that she will be a Godly woman. Thank-you.

  • Your Name

    my husband is in jail and i relly miss him i pray that he will make board and come home soon because this has been a strain on our marriage he has been locked up for over eight years its time for those pris0n gates to be open man says stay but God says go

  • http://Togetherness Your Name

    I am longing for our long relationship to come together in marriage and brings our family close together this year..please pray for us. Thank you

  • prison wife

    iam 30 yrs old been married for 5 months he is in person got locked up 2 weeks after we got married waited for 20 yrs for the love of my life now iam along god please help me in this time of need

  • Your Name

    My wife left me and i pray she sees the light and come back and we can be a family once again! My daughter in law has hate in her eyes towards me as she thinks i hurt her youngest child my grandaughter which i would never do i pray she sees the truth and knows i love them all and would never hurt anyone!
    My friend is living with my wife and i pray he will tell her to go home back to me and love me as her husband! My son lost his job and needs a good job to provide for his family I pray a door will be opend and he will get a great job so he can feel good about himself!
    Thank you sincerely Robert

  • pat

    plese god help give me the strentgh to help my husband find his way to you and be whole again, he will be going to jail soon for awhile. make this open his eyes to what life without you has brought him too.
    help him come home to his family whole and happy again in jesus name

  • Your Name

    I met a sweet, wonderful man about 4 months ago through a new job. We are both married to spouses that have abuse/substance/intamacy problems, and have no desire to ever get help, no matter what. We were both planning on divorcing our spouses before we ever met. We also have both been Praying for years for the Lord to send us someone w/o these problems, and that we could Love Forever, as we are both in our early 50’s, so we don’t have alot of time left on this earth to have someone to grow old with, Happily.
    There was an almost immediate connection between us, and we both felt as though we had known each other forever, and could talk to each other about anything. Things we weren’t even able to talk to our spouses about, and we had both been married to them for over 15 years. After about a month of us working very closely together, we both admitted to each other, we were Falling In Love with each other, and wanted to be together Forever. We also agreed that we would not sleep together until we were both divorced, even though the attraction between us was very strong, we knew that was the right decision for everyone involved. We also both felt sure that the Lord had answered our long time Prayers, and brought us together.
    A few days later I got laid off, and all of a sudden he stopped calling, or coming around. He used to call almost everyday, regardless of whether we were going to see each other or not. Now I have to call him if I want to talk to him. And I’ve only seen him a few times. He says the reason is b/c he is so busy with his job now that he doesn’t have me there to help him. I got laid off b/c the company was downsizing, and my job as a helper was eliminated. So, now he has to do both jobs. He says he still feels the same way about me, and still wants us to be together. At one point I tried to end things with him, and he pleaded with me not to, and to hold on just a little while longer, that things would be different as soon as his new house was finished being remodeled and he would be able to move out of his house he shares with his Wife, and get a divorce. I truely miss him dearly, and cannot get him off my mind, or out of my Heart. I feel sure that sweet, wonderful, caring man is in there somewhere, so Please Pray for him to come back to me Soon. Sincerely, Micki

  • Your Name

    I need restoration of all that I have lost in my relationship. The devil has stolen so much from us and I don’t accept for the devil to steal our joy. We need to move ahead and we need for our relationship to be taken out of the hands of the devil.

  • Your Name

    My wife and I separated a year and a half ago but I still love her very much. I hope she comes to the lord and he returns her to me.

  • Cari

    Never was one who looks for love or relationships. Usually have for lack of a better word bad luck.. Athough its new meet a guy with real potenital. We have only dated for a short period. He is a good citizen. Has too degrees and good job and is understanding and of course handsome. He disapeared and I just recently found out he is being detained for immigration. Im sure it is something minor maybe even a complete mistake. Will be visiting him tomorrow where he is being detained. Would like positive prayers that I will get hopefull rather than hopeless news.. Thanks, God bless!!

  • Nadine

    My partner left me about a month ago. We were in the middle of an adoption process. My heart is breaking and I pray that she will find God and restore her faith. I hope she finds her way back to me and we can become a family that I have always wanted. I hope she finds it in her heart to come back into my open arms and loves me as I love her.

  • diane

    I am requesting prayers for our relationship. I doubted his love for me and let the devil come between us. I realized that it was wrong and want more than anything his forgiveness. I want to be able to forgive myself. I want to be a better partner and hope someday we will be able to move forward. I love him with all my heard. I turn to God for guidance. Please pray for our relationship.

  • Your Name

    Because of things I witnessed growing up and because of past hurts and disappointments I have a huge problem with trust. I have a good man in my life and pushing him away with the lack of trust. We haven’t spoke in two weeks, I feel it might be over but I’m praying for one more chance. He won’t return my phone call, really confused and I don’t know what to do. Please pray the Lord will restore our relationship and heal me of my past.

  • Natascha

    I am praying for committment, compassion and communication with my relationship. We are human and will make mistakes, lets be willing to love and forgive each other and not let the little things come between us.

  • Marcia

    I am praying for added patience as our family deals with our mother’s Alzheimer’s and my fear of getting the disease as well.

  • shelly

    I lost my husband 3 years ago fighting a disease called ALS for six long years. I have found love again, but the man I love I dont think he loves me,he doesnt think he good enough for me, please pray and give us both strenth and courage to love im so ready lord!

  • Matt

    My wife is having an affair, her actions are destroying our family. Please pray Satan releases her, and she renews her relationship with the Lord. Also pray that she chooses to reconcile and ceases damaging our children and our lives.

  • Tonya T

    I would like for those to pray for me for a 5yr relationship that recently broke up for my selfishness and didnt realize what i had until it was gone i just need prayer for us to get back together and get married and start a family.

  • Mark Herringshaw

    Tonya, may God turn this situation into some new opportunity for goodness. He’ll do just that! Be blessed!

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, work in this relationship and with both individuals to hear and follow what you’re saying. Give courage and comfort and patience and hope and joy – again! You can do this. may this relationship become everything you intend it to be.”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, bless Raquel. Bless her relationship with her boyfriend. May they become everything you intend for them. Heal the rift from this affair. Help them both get to the root of this issue and rebuild true trust and purity. Nothing is impossible with you. But apart from you we really can’t do anything! Give them both courage and grace!”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, bless Nana and give her ALL she needs. You are her true “husband” and partner. You are closer than anyone and always faithful and always full of joy. Give her a joy that her circumstance can’t deminish. Give her hope. And beyond this, heal her husband. In the areas that are medical, bring physical healing to the chemical balance in his brain. In the areas that are emotional, coming from wounds from his past, hurts and abuse he has suffered, heal those memories and replace them with light and life and freedom that only you can give! We ask for a miracle in Jesus’ name!”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, bless Ginny and her family. Without you none of us can live up to our destiny. We need you constant direction and power. Ginny’s family is suffering in various ways. Whatever the problems, the answers are all from you. Show yourself as the solution to each of these miseries. You don’t cause them; you do fix them! Step in to the center of this family and do something surprising and wonderful. Start small, Lord. Start with just one small miracle. Begin there. Begin with one simple answer that everyone can see, a step that everyone can know is you that will then create faith for the rest. They need to know YOU are still there, that you care and are active to make them the family you intend them to be. In Jesus…”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, give my brother strength and hope. Rescue this family. Give them a path to follow, and hope to see that there is a way out, even if you have to create that way out of nothing! Unite this marriage. Give grace so that they can forgive and look beyond the past and the present. Give them laughter again… Joy… In Jesus!”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, bring wholenss here! Peace, which means everything is as it should be… Bring healing, and hope and grace for forgiveness and the strength to make right choices going forward. Forward, not backward… Future, not past… Progress, not retreat… Bring total healing to mind, body, relationships… In Jesus.”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    You are not selfish or unreasonable to long for full and undistracted focus from the man you love. God intends it that way, he intends exclusivity. “God, work in this man’s heart. Give him a new passion for life, to see the destiny you have for him, to wake him up to the potential he has, to give him motivation and desire. Give him commitment – the ability to commit – to the woman he loves, to the goals he has made for himself, to the vision you have given him for great future. Wake that vision in him again! And give hope to C Williams. Give her courage. For the sake of her daughter, may his relationship come to a bonded commitment, quickly; that or may it quickly dissolve. No more dangling ambiguity. God, step in and intervene! In Jesus.”

  • Mark Herringshaw

    “God, fear is never from you. Give Kristy a supernatural courage, and make it contagious to her boyfriend. Give them both hope. Bring deep healing to him over his past wounds. Bring healing to his body as well. May he and Kristy individually be everything you intend for them, and may their relationship as well reach the destiny you have intended for it. In Jesus.”

  • mary

    tons of good friends and family to encircle us

  • Your Name

    My Husband of 32 years 4 children and 3 grandsons is planning to leave me and our 10 yr old to pursue his on happiness with the world.
    This is causing me great grief and I just had a heart Attack one month ago. Most all says to let him go and I agree that maybe he did miss something since we fell in love so young (13yrsold). Please pray for my marriage, that my husband will see that we are his family and love him very much.

  • pam

    please pray for me, my huaband moved out and moved in with his girlfriend. I still love him and want to work out our issues. Please pray for us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Elisa

    Please pray for my marriage. My husband of 6 years suddenly started having an affair with another woman. Within 2 months he walked out on me and moved in with her. I am in such pain and never saw this coming. He came by only a couple weeks ago and told me was having a change of heart and that he missed me, was going to leave the woman and come back. However, he did not do what he said and now I feel so hopeless and helpless. I know we have marital problems, but nothing that is truly impossible to overcome. I pray that the Lord touches his heart and fills it with the same love for me that he had when he made his vows to me. Please Lord reunite me and my huband and remove the sinful feelings he has in his heart for this other woman. I pray for God to reveal the truth to him about everything that is happening and to move him in such a way that he knows the path he should be following. God please give him the strength to follow that path. Please bring him back to me with a contrite heart and ready to make this marriage work. In Jesus name, I ask this.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment anita

    Am Anita I live in uk , Two years ago i married a lady called saline, we had two children together, we were very happy to be husband and wife, so when i travel on business trip to Brazil, i spent 1 years in canada due to my kind of business, i and my wife talked on phone all the time, we chat on the Internet, i never knew that my wife had started cheating on me by going out with her old school friend called mark, i never knew something was going wrong till i came back from my trip, then i and My wife started having problems, she goes out and come back late at night, she changed in a strange way that i could not endure, i tried to do everything to please her but it got worst, so one day she left the house and never came back, i tried reaching her but no way i could reach her, i never knew she traveled with her new lover which was mark, i wanted her so much because of the children she left for me and because i loved her so much too, because of the heart break she put me into, i went into search of a real magic spell caster I was scammed twice by a spell caster, but I never relented in my search because I want a happy life with my wife, so one morning i saw testimony about a spell caster prophet harry, so i contacted him and to my greatest surprise this made life manful for me again, my wife came back to me

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