When Wives Pray - Part 1
"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12
We can safely say we are committed to our husbands, right? We love them; want what's best for them; hope all goes well in their life because, well...it's our life too. What better way to show our commitment to them but by praying for them.
I came across a book I have read many times over the years (repetition, girls) and thought I would read it again. I want to share some of what I have learned and am still learning from this book. "The Power of the Praying Wife" -Stormie Omartian. If you're looking for a good read this is one you might enjoy.
First we have to realize there is no changing anyone but ourselves so don't think that by reading this book and saying a few quick prayers is going to allow you to wake up beside a man that is all that you hoped and dreamt of. He will still be him. The him you said, "I do" to. The him God gave you. The him you promised your whole life...for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death you do part. The 'power' of a praying wife is not a means of gaining control of him but of being a partner in this life to someone who is the other half of you.
"Who can find a virtuous woman?" Our husbands, that's who! Let's set our sights "far above rubies"; let's be that someone he can completely trust in having his back; we are his safe place to fall. We are on the same team, no competition in a husband and wife relationship. We move and act as one. We are one (Mark 10:8).
Praying for our husband is a gentle tool of restoration through the prayers of his wife who longs to do right more than be right, and to give life more than get even. It is a way to invite God's power into your husband's life for his greatest blessings, which is ultimately yours, too.
We do not have authority over our husband but we have been given authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19), we can do great damage to the enemy's plans when we pray. Jesus says we have the means to build a hedge of protection around our marriage (Matt.18:18). We have to lay down our life before His throne, die to self, and give our needs to Him (1 John 3:16). Through that He will teach us how to lay down our life in prayer for our husband.
I am convinced that God's way is worth the effort it takes to walk in it. It's the only way to a marriage God intended and to get through struggles and hard times we will face. When we pray, our hearts become soft toward God and we can see His vision for us.
Let's get to praying. Shall we?
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Bless us as we learn to pray for our husband. May we seek out his needs and walk throughout our day in prayer for him. Help us to be loving, discerning and committed to pray for his every need. Amen.
Be mindful of praying for: