Earlier in Genesis, Adam referred to Eve as, “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23). In the following scripture he mentions the concept of marriage being one of a husband and wife becoming one flesh. A husband and wife are equal half’s of the same whole and as such the two together become one person. Marriages are successful when a wife and husband commit to praying for each other. This is like praying for yourself if you truly accept the bible’s definition of marriage and two equal half’s becoming one person. When two people are married, whatever affects one half of the whole affects the entire whole.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1). Paul made several references in the New Testament to the importance of the saints praying for each other. More so, the importance of praying continually with and for your spouse. Paul also spoke about the matter of a wife or husband being converted while the other half remains unsaved. “For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy” (1 Corinthians 7:14).
The above scripture underscores the point about two equal half’s becoming a whole as a spouse who is saved sanctifies the unsaved spouse. We pray for each other in order to commit each other to God and so that the other person will be submitted to God. Our prayers are powerful and effective and ensures that the enemy does not have a foothold in our lives. I believe that our prayers can determine the outcome of the lives of our spouses and determine the success of our marriages.
There are some situations that are untenable due to ongoing abuse or infidelity, when you may choose to separate for your safety and protection. This decision is based on your own conviction and the relationship that you have with God. Abuse is a risky situation and no one should be encouraged to remain in an abusive relationship while you pray for God to change your spouse. It would be safer to maintain a safe distance while you pray.