Pray in Your Families – 3 Nephi 18:21

21 Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed.

This week, I’m studying marriage. I’m going to begin with a very simple principle: husbands and wives ought to pray with each other and for each other.
When the Savior appeared on the American continent after His death and resurrection, He taught the people to pray always in order to avoid temptation (3 Nephi 18:15). He taught them to pray at church with others who had also been baptized and shared the same covenants (3 Nephi 18:16). He also taught them to pray in their families, with their spouses and their children.
Russell M. Nelson explained that praying together enhances communication between a husband and a wife:

Couples need private time to observe, to talk, and really listen to each other. They need to cooperate—helping each other as equal partners. They need to nurture their spiritual as well as physical intimacy. They should strive to elevate and motivate each other. Marital unity is sustained when goals are mutually understood. Good communication is also enhanced by prayer. To pray with specific mention of a spouse’s good deed (or need) nurtures a marriage (“Nurturing Marriage,” General Conference, April 2006).

Today I will remember the importance of praying with my family and especially with my wife. I will remember that praying together is an important form of communication. As Elder Nelson counseled, I will make specific mention of my wife in my prayers.

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