Monday, June 23, 2008

Christian Sex Tip

Warning: Christian sex talk ahead . . .

Hopefully with my provocative title I now have your attention. I was reading "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts" by Les and Leslie Parott (yes, they have the same first name, weird, eh?) and I got to the last chapter which was on spirituality in marriage. I thought it was going to be cheezy and I wasn't looking forward to it. I was pleasantly surprised when the chapter added a few new insights on the importance of a shared spiritual life between husband and wife. One section that really got my attention was the section on prayer:

Sociologist Andrew Greely surveyed married people and found that the happiest couples were those who pray together. Couples who frequently pray together are twice as likely as those who pray less often to describe their marriages as being highly romantic. They also report considerably higher satisfaction and more sexual ecstasy!

There is an old story about a young couple who decided to start their honeymoon by kneeling beside their bed to pray. The bride giggled when she heard her new husband's prayer: "For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful."

As strange as it may sound, there is a strong link in marriage between prayer and sex. For one thing, frequency of prayer is a more powerful predictor of marital satisfaction than frequency of sexual intimacy. But get this: Married couples who pray together are ninety percent more likely to report higher satisfaction with their sex life than couples who do not pray together. Also, women who pray with their partner tend to be more orgasmic. That doesn't sound right, does it? After all, married churchgoers are painted by the media as prudes who think sex is dirty. Well, let the media say what they want but prayerful couples know better . . .

Well, you can't say you never learned anything useful from reading my blog. If you have been thinking about praying with your spouse more, this may be the confirmation you've been looking for!

May Light increase!

6 comments:

Michael said...
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Michael said...

Can I pray for my neighbors wife?

Mark said...

Um . . . not sure what you're meaning there Micheal. One thing's for sure: this whole prayer connected to a better sex life thing was never mentioned in my pre-marital counseling (I would have remembered!). First time I ever heard it. Anyone else heard this before?

Lindsay said...

That is brand new information... Intriguing.

Jay Boaz said...

I had to laugh when I saw you had e-mailed me about this (I had just finished reading the article).

Jay

Aneta said...

I think that when a couple prays together there is a heightened level of vulnerability and honesty, which leads to a stronger emotional attachment and appreciation of each other. I think that's what makes the difference.