Wedding anniversary prayers are a beautiful way to welcome the new year into the marriage.
Wedding anniversaries are always unique, whether it’s your first or fiftieth year as a married couple. Each wedding anniversary is a beautiful reminder of God’s love and faithfulness to you and your spouse, so it is only fitting to start your anniversary with a prayer.
Praying as a couple on your wedding anniversary reminds both of you to be humble and trust in God no matter the circumstance. It is also a great testament to others that your relationship is centered on God. So, without further ado, let’s learn how to pray heartfelt wedding anniversary prayers and wishes for our spouse.
What are Wedding Anniversary Prayers?
Wedding anniversary prayers are heartfelt messages and wishes for the married couple as they welcome another year into their relationship. They are also a beautiful way for the couple to start the new year in their marriage.
Words used in wedding anniversary prayers are meant to make the couple grateful and hopeful for another year ahead under God’s guidance. Celebrating the past year’s successes and triumphs over challenges is also a great way to reminisce.
How to Pray on your Wedding Anniversary?
Express thanksgiving to God.
Before anything else, thank God for giving you and your spouse another year of marriage. Thank Him for blessing you with one more year together. Thank Him for the guidance and wisdom He has given you during trials and hardships. It is important to thank God because you and your spouse wouldn’t have made it this far without Him. Your relationship is a blessing from God, and it is only fitting that you take the time to give thanks.
Ask God to continue to guide your relationship.
Pray to God for guidance and wisdom as you and your spouse celebrate a new year in your marriage. Ask for His provisions and for God to lead your relationship. Make it a point to ask for God’s will for your wedding. Our plans differ from God’s, which are infinitely better than ours. Trust and depend on God because a God-centered relationship will never fail.
Pray for strength, patience, and love toward your spouse.
With another year come new hardships and obstacles. So, in preparation for another year, we must pray for strength, patience, and love toward our spouse. Pray that your emotions will not cloud your judgment so that you will not act rashly toward your spouse. Ask God to help you be an understanding and patient partner who would choose love above all else.
Bible Verses about Wedding Anniversaries
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many drinks of water cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”
Love is as strong as death; it cannot be killed by time or disaster and cannot be bought for any price because it is freely given. Love is priceless, and even the richest king cannot buy it. Love must be accepted as a gift from God and then shared within God’s guidelines. Accept your spouse’s love as God’s gift, and strive to make your love a reflection of the perfect love that comes from Himself.
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Although Ruth belonged to a race often despised by Israel, she was blessed because of her faithfulness. Remember to always be faithful to your other half on your wedding anniversary. Put his or her needs before your own, and God will bless your marriage abundantly.
“So we know and rely on God’s love for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
In marriage, we are constantly reminded of God’s love. We know that God loves us perfectly. The person who continues in love is also continuing in God. In other words, love for God and others is how to grow in the Lord.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me how I should go, for I entrust my life to you.”
One important lesson that we can learn from these verses is that no matter how dark the night of doubt and sorrow, how mountainous the problems we had to face, or how fierce the enemy that stalks our path, God is our help and strength, and He is our shield and buckler.
“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
The union of husband and wife merges two persons in such a way that little can affect one without also affecting the other. Oneness in marriage doesn’t mean losing your personality to the personality of the other. Instead, it means caring for your spouse as you care for yourself, learning to anticipate his or her needs, and helping the other person become all he or she can be.
What Does the Bible Say About Love and Marriage?
The Bible contains many messages about love and marriage. One of the most well-known verses tells us to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). The Bible also says that love is patient and kind, not prideful, arrogant, or rude (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). It rejoices in the truth and can endure until the end.
We can turn to many verses about marriage, such as Ephesians 5:25, which tells husbands to love their wives and vice versa. The Bible also tells us that marriage involves spiritual, emotional, and physical intimacy (Genesis 2:24).
Marriage unifies a man and a woman in every way. The expression of a married couple’s love and faithfulness toward each other results in a child/children who will bring them incomparable joy.
We also learn from John 15:13 that marriage teaches us to be selfless. Once you are married, you and your spouse will leave your old lives behind and start anew together. Most of your personal goals will no longer be your priority. Instead, you and your partner will now need to focus on the success of your relationship.
Effective Wedding Anniversary Prayers
Wedding anniversary prayer for a God-centered marriage
Thank you for fulfilling your promise of not leaving us alone in this marriage. Thank you for reminding us to keep you at the center of our union. In this new year of our marriage, please help us keep our eyes focused on you alone. Please help us grow closer to you as a couple so we become sensitive to your leadership.
Lord, we surrender our pride, doubts, and worries to you. Please replace them with love, joy, and hope. Use our marriage to reach others so that they may see your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wedding anniversary prayer for a loving and happy marriage
Our Father in Heaven,
Thank you for bringing us together as husband and wife. Thank you for blessing us with another year of marriage. Thank you for guiding us through times of hardship and trial.
We ask that you bless this year with happiness and love. Please continue to teach our hearts to love each other as you have loved us. Please give us wisdom and guidance as we face the forthcoming year. Always remind us to focus on you so our relationship will continue to grow with you as our foundation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For patience and understanding toward your spouse
Lord Jesus, I know it is sometimes difficult, but please give me patience and understanding. Please help me surrender my pride so I can easily empathize with my spouse. Above all else, You are more significant and can only help us overcome any problem together. Please strengthen our marriage and continue to teach us to always rely on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wedding anniversary prayer to always choose to love each other
I ask that you always help us determine love above all else. Help us remember your unconditional love so we will not become prideful or grow to hate each other. Please continue to teach us not to depend on our emotions but instead focus on you. We know that there will be days when it is difficult to love one another, so we ask that you prepare our hearts and minds not to get carried away by emotion. Instead, remind us to pray to you for guidance and a clear mind and conscience.
Please give us the strength to choose love, especially when it is difficult. We thank you for your unconditional love, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Anniversary Prayer when things are strained
Lord Jesus Christ,
We know that no marriage is perfect. Please help us choose to be understanding and forgiving of one another. Do not let anger and pride cloud our minds and feed our bitterness. Instead, please help us remember to surrender all our grievances toward each other to you. Don’t let bitterness grow in our hearts. Help us see beyond our hurt so we can easily forgive one another.
Thank you for forgiving us of our sins, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Anniversary prayer for intimacy in our marriage
Father, we thank you for giving us the gift of this union. Thank you for allowing my spouse and me to meet and build a close relationship centered on you. Please help and guide us to grow closer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Help us have a healthy perspective on intimacy and remind us of its purpose in our relationship. Let it not cloud our minds and take you away from the center of our marriage. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Short wedding anniversary prayer
I pray for this couple to always stay in love on this particular day. May God continue to bless your marriage so that your union will be a testament to others to see His unconditional love. I pray that God will give you strength, patience, and understanding during times of hardship and trial. May the Lord bless you with thankful and cheerful hearts so that you will find countless things to be grateful for because God has blessed you abundantly. May the almighty God bless your home with joy, peace, hope, and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wedding anniversaries are always a joyous affair no matter how you celebrate them. So what better way to start yours than with wedding anniversary prayers? Together, praise and thank God for being faithful and unchanging over the past year of your marriage. Strengthen each other in God’s presence and ask for understanding and patience because you will undoubtedly face difficulties in the new year ahead. The Lord has blessed you and your spouse with this union, so it is only suitable that you honor your marriage in His name.
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