5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse

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Authors: Michael and Melissa Kruger


Prayers that Change and Strengthen Your Marriage

A happy and healthy marriage is one of God's sweetest gifts to us. And one of the best ways to nurture that is through the power of prayer.

This guide will help you to pray bold, Scripture-based prayers for your husband or wife that will strengthen and enrich your marriage. It covers 21 prayer themes, with each one including five prayer prompts from a particular passage of Scripture. You'll be equipped to pray deep and effective prayers for your spouse's character and spiritual walk, for your life together as a couple, and through challenging seasons.

You can use this book to help you to pray on your own or as a couple, and it makes a great wedding, anniversary, or Valentines Day gift.

As Nancy Guthrie says in her foreword:
"There is a great deal we can do for our spouses. But there is so much that only God can do, so much that only he can develop, and so much that only he can provide. So we pray. And as we pray instead of worry, pray instead of complain, pray instead of strategize, we find that God is not only doing a work in our spouse; he’s doing a work in us too."


  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Guide
  • Praying that god will…
  • Give Grace to My Spouse
  • Produce Spiritual Fruit
  • Watch over My Spouse
  • Praying that we will…
  • Love Each Other Well
  • Follow God’s Design for Marriage
  • Flee Sexual Immorality
  • Serve God with Our Gifts
  • Open up Our Home to Others
  • Honor God with Our Money
  • Praying that my spouse will…
  • Honor God in Their Labors
  • Share Their faith with Others
  • Delight in God’s Word
  • Be Wise
  • Be Joyfully Content
  • Praying when we are…
  • Suffering Trials
  • Experiencing Change, Uncertainty, or Fear
  • In Conflict with One Another
  • Making a Difficult Decision
  • Suffering Illness
  • Raising Children
  • Celebrating Good News


About the authors:

Michael and Melissa Kruger have been married for almost 25 years and have three children. Melissa is the author of another book in this series: 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids.

Michael J. Kruger is President and Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC. He also serves part-time as Teacher in Residence at Christ Covenant Church. 

Melissa Kruger is the author of Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know as well as several books for adults. She blogs at Wit's End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition. 


Praying for your spouse is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give them. The time spent in the quiet moments petitioning the Father on their behalf is one of the most loving things we could do for each other. This book that Melissa and Michael have put together will become a great guide for your prayer life. Your marriage can be transformed through the power of prayer. ~ Jamie and Aaron Ivey; (Aaron) Pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church; (Jamie) author; Host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

Any couple seeking to strengthen their prayer life will breathe a sigh of relief for the clarity, joy, and hope this guide will bring to their prayer life and marriage. I predict that, years from now, couples who use this guide will reference it when asked, 'What has been key to your healthy marriage?' ~ Phillip and Jasmine Holmes;  (Phillip) Chief Communications Officer, Reformed Theological Seminary; (Jasmine) Author, Mother to Son

My wife Veronica and I have absolutely LOVED these 5 Things… books. We use them as a part of our regular devotional time. They have stimulated our time before the Lord together, keeping our prayers for each other, our church, and our family rooted in the promises of God’s word. The Krugers wed a wealth of Scriptural knowledge to a lifetime of experience and a gift of pastoral application. You’ll be blessed and changed as you use this book. ~ J.D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC; Author, Just Ask

Here is a simple, biblical, practical guide and aid to praying for your spouse, from a Christian couple that is committed to praying for one another. Busyness can be a battle in this area, but so can other things. There is the challenge of praying for one another when the relationship is strained, or when you are in circumstances of duress, and then there is the even more mundane challenge of just knowing what to pray (without becoming perfunctory and unduly repetitive). Mike and Melissa Kruger’s book will help you in all these areas, and more. We thank God for Melissa and Mike, and warmly commend the book to you. ~ Ligon and Anne Duncan; (Ligon) Chancellor/CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary