(I am posting 2 prayers today thinking especially about marriages where one spouse will be at Synodical Convention and spouses will be separated next week like Ram and I will be. And this is a strange combination to be thinking about now, but also praying for all marriages that are struggling and trying to resolve marital conflicts and problems-that prayer is not for Ram and me, but it is on my mind now.)
Heavenly Father, consecrate and sanctify marriages by Your holy Word that husbands and wives may live in steadfast love and faithfulness to one another. Grant grace ever to remember with gladness that You have joined them together in this holy union; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
Lord God, through our Baptism into Christ You have bound us together in a common faith and life. Help us in the midst of our struggles to confront one another without hatred or bitterness and to work toward mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(Both prayers from Pastoral Care Companion, CPH, 2007, p. 381)