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1. Reveal to husbands and wives that when they said, “I do,”each made vows to You and thereby entered into a covenant relationship with You — and that You, Father, never give them a reason to violate this covenant. Rather, it is Your Holy Spirit that enables them to keep the covenant and receive restoration when they violate the covenant. (Colossians-1:10,3:17)

2. Open the eyes of the hearts of husbands and wives that belong to You that they see their vows and resulting marriage covenant as the ultimate example and experience of the Christian Life. That is, that each sees the life, death, burial and resurrection of Christ as the manner and way of becoming one with each other. (Philippians 3: 9-11)

3. That husbands and wives perceive and experience the unconditional love that You, Father, have for each, and thus they also ought to have for one another. Fill them beyond capacity with this love so that they may be able to comprehend with one another the depth, height and length of this love. (Romans 5: 5, 8)

4. Live and move in each of them, just as You were in Christ, reconciling each other to You Lord. (II Corinthians 5: 18, 19)

5. Bless each with the grace to yield to Your Life, Your way of thinking and behaving, Father, even at the expense of their own pleasure and benefit. (Philippians 2: 1-8)

6. Renew their desire to keep the vows they made to You by choosing to live in a manner that their spouse — and all those that You have given them to influence — have every opportunity to intimately know You and Your Son, Jesus Christ. (I John 1: 9 and 2: 12)

7. Help each learn to give thanks for the conditions the other routinely provides to aid in his or her development of unconditional love. May they begin to see each other as Your guidance, help, encouragement and, at times, provocation to learn and strengthen their obedience to You. (Romans 8:28; I Thessalonians 5: 18)

8. Let each begin to see conflict between them as a request for something You desire from each, so that You can make more of Yourself available to them—both to their awareness and benefit. (Romans 11: 36)

9. Show each of them that the best response to conflict is to own their respective contributions and be willing to be made willing to offer You that which You desire. (James 5: 16)

10. Give each a new and an ever-increasing desire for holiness and holy living and relating to one another that necessarily follows. (I Thessalonians 4: 3-8)

11. In all enable them to see that the very best gift they can give each other is the freedom to be who each is, even when it does not agree with what one thinks is right, knows is right or pleases God. This is forgiveness. (Matthew 18: 21, 22)

12. That when at least one of them changes in response to an awareness of Your presence, that the quality of interactions between them changes favorably. Now make them completely one as You and Your Son and the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 16: 7)

. . . for it is in Your Name, the Name of Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, I pray.