Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help
in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce
In Prayerful Passages (Outskirts Press, 2016), divorce attorney Jack H. Emmott opens the doors of comfort and healing to husbands and wives struggling in their marriage. Through this pocket size prayer book, Jack encourages Christians in problem marriages to open their heart to God’s grace and healing.
Jack knows about the power of God’s healing grace firsthand. Paralyzed by polio as a boy from the neck down, he has led a rich, productive life, thanks to his faith in God and the loving support of his family and friends.
At His invitation, Jack wrote these prayers to provide comfort, wisdom, and guidance to spouses in faltering marriages. His prayers touch on the anger, loss, and grief arising from separation to the hope of reconciliation to the challenge of building a new life after divorce. Offering practical support as well as comfort, these prayers aid the journey toward peace, resolution, and a more satisfying life.
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I believe God has used Jack Emmott as a powerful instrument to bring love, peace and healing to struggling marriages in our troubled world.Gene Lee, Ph.D.
The exact words of the title Prayerful Passages literally came to me one night during evening prayer. I felt, at that very moment, I had received an invitation from God to write a book of prayers to help others and to please the God who had always accompanied me in the darkness of disability.Jack H. Emmott
In court, you think like a warrior. When you’re in collaborative, you think like a peacemaker. You become an instrument of hope and healing to those you serve.Jack H. Emmott
Prayers from the Book
“I wish the families I’ve seen in family court had been able to make their difficult passages with these prayers in their hearts and on their lips. This book would have alleviated their anguish.”
Frank Rynd, J.D., Former Family Law Judge
Prayers for Peace
Almighty God, I am emotionally and physically ill because of the unhealthy, stressful relationship I have with my spouse. I am so upset and anxious I have difficulty sleeping, or I worry too much, fearing that divorce is inevitable.
As I work to save our marriage, please help me have faith in You and avoid unnecessary conflict. Show me how to solve our marital problems outside the presence of our child/children.
Heavenly Father, I ask that You answer my prayers for peace, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Prayers during Divorce
Prayer to Hire the Attorney Best Suited for Me
Almighty God, when I stood at the altar during our wedding, I never imagined I would one day search for a Christian divorce attorney to represent me.
Heavenly Father, as I interview possible attorneys, please be with me. I need Your wisdom, guidance, and discernment to decide who I should hire. I need more than an attorney who knows the law. Help me find an attorney who has the heart and soul not to cause further injury while my family is in crisis. Protect me from hiring a lawyer, who in the name of zealous advocacy, causes unnecessary expense, conflict, fear, anxiety, or pain to my spouse and our child/children.
I pray to You, Heavenly Father, for courtesy to reign and for love to rule. Please inspire all of us to let olive branches of peace and caring hearts dissolve of our marriage, rather than swords or angry threats. May Your Son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, be present with me, my spouse, and the attorneys during every step of the divorce process. Amen.
Prayers for Reconciliation
Prayer for Marriage Counseling
Almighty God, we cannot save our marriage without help from others. Please help me and my spouse find a Christian marriage counselor who is best suited to meet our needs. May our counselor help us listen in a deep way, so we each can hear the other with new understanding and compassion. Help us speak truthfully but not hurtfully, so we can each be heard with wisdom by the other.
Heavenly Father, please give me the strength and openness to make full use of the tools and coping skills I learn from our marriage counselor. Thank you for the help and guidance you have already sent us. Amen.
Prayers after the Divorce
Prayer for a Homemaker Finding a Job
Almighty God, I have spent all the years of my marriage as a dutiful and devoted spouse, homemaker, and parent to our child/children. In doing so, I have sacrificed a career and my own financial independence for the vocation of loving, nurturing, and comforting our child/children and making our home a reflection of Your love, light, and grace.
Heavenly Father, now I must enter the workplace due to divorce. Please support me in this process to find a job which is suited to me and the talents you bestowed upon me at birth. Please remind me that Your Divine Love and kindness exist in all places, including the various locations I may be called upon to earn a living. Amen.
Prayers during Separation
Prayer at Time of Separation
Almighty God, today we are separating. I will be moving out of the home we have lived in as a “whole” family. When I move out, please help me to remain calm. It will not do any good for me, my spouse, or our child/children to witness tears, drama, or resentful looks when I leave. I pray that leaving is the first step in a process to work on our marital issues separately.
I also pray that, in separation, with Your help, we will find our way back to one another and preserve the union of two You intended to be one in marriage through Your Holy Grace. Amen.
Universal Prayers during Reconciliation/Separation/Divorce
Prayer to Not Demean My Spouse to a Child
Almighty God, because I have been hurt by my spouse, I am tempted to tell our child/children all the “bad” things my spouse has said or done to me. When I feel like this, I never want to give my spouse the benefit of any doubt, and I always assume the worst about her/him. Please forgive me, Heavenly Father, for succumbing to these temptations.
Great Good God, please help me not speak ill about my spouse. This is very wrong and causes more spiritual injury to our child/children and to me than it will ever cause to my spouse. A child should believe and trust in both parents just as we should always believe and trust in you, the Almighty and Loving Father of all of us. Amen.
Paperback: 51 pages, 56 prayers
Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 9, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8