When Religious Couples Pray
family life, marriage and relationship education, religion
Religious couples report experiencing their marriage as anchored, sustained, and sanctified in what I’ve described in my clinical research as a “couple-God triangle” that is invoked through prayer. This divine triangle conveys the couple’s view of God’s influence and investment in their relationship. James L. Griffith offered a metaphor for this unseen relationship:
"A therapist who tries to work with a religious [couple] without locating God in [their marital] system may find himself or herself in the position of the astronomers in the mid-1800s who were puzzled that their equations could not predict the movement [of the planets]."
Original Publication Citation
Butler, M. H., & Herring, H. R. (2019, March 25). When religious couples pray. Institute for Family Studies [online]. Retrieved from https://ifstudies.org/blog/when-religious-couples-pray
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Herring, Hannah R. and Butler, Mark H., "When Religious Couples Pray" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4430.
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