If you believe the Lord is directing you to end your dating relationship, it will be much harder to do so once you and your boyfriend or girlfriend have bonded your hearts together through intimate (and especially consistent) times of prayer. When we go before the Lord, we confess sin and make our needs and desires known (at least, verbally – God already knows what we need), and sometimes we cry out to Him with our questions and frustrations. It’s a time when we pour our hearts out to God and hopefully a time when we quietly wait to hear Him speak to our hearts.If we allow someone to be involved in those times of prayer, we are placing a lot of trust in him or her.
Of the spiritual intimacies discussed in this series, prayer is one of the most intimate spiritual experiences you can share with another person.
Whether or not dating couples should pray together is a touchy subject.
Both people need to be enjoying a rich prayer life on their own and praying for God to be glorified in their relationship; but, spending a lot of time praying together can lead to the following scenarios: Just as I noted in the post in this series about reading the Bible together, praying together can cause a couple who is simply getting to know each other to form a tight bond that may not be in their best interest as not every relationship is meant to move forward to marriage.
It’s not wise to date someone you would not consider marrying, but not every relationship, even godly relationships, move forward to marriage.
Although the Bible doesn't say directly, "Husbands and wives, pray each other," it does say in James that we are to "pray for each other so that you may be healed." That certainly includes husbands praying for wives and wives praying for husbands.
One couple said, "Every time we pray together, we begin by praying a blessing over each other.
With that being said, if you and your sweetheart spend a lot of time praying together that probably also means you are spending a lot of time alone together (unless you are praying together over some technological medium such as Skype, Google Hangouts, or Face Time).
When you pray with someone you care about – and with someone whom you are very attracted – you will probably want to hold hands.
Some people adamantly proclaim that praying together is incredibly important for dating couples because they need God’s guidance and direction in their relationship.
I don’t disagree that couples need to constantly ask God to shower them with guidance and direction, but I am leery of dating couples sharing too much prayer time together.
Opening up emotionally often leads to physical touch.