Last week I listed five areas for you to pray for your husband from Stormie Omartian's book as shown here. Even though these areas may bot be of concern for your husband at this time, they are area's we should pray over our husbands to protect him from a future failure in this area As Stormie stated, praying for your husband is a way to love on him. He doesn't have to know you are doing this but I bet it will make a difference in how you do love him. It may even change your heart towards him. Even if your marriage is great, it may just make it greater!!
How did you do praying for your husband with the first week's listing? I must admit that I was not as faithful about it as I wanted to be in this. Last week I had to go to the hospital for work every day and my schedule was out of whack so to speak. I prayed the items but if I didn't write them down, I wasn't reminded to to continue to pray throughout the day for that area in my husbands life. I'm sorry Joe.
Let's try a new week....remember, everything in the deep rose is quoted from the book. Though I cannot quote everything, I do recommend you to read these chapters from Stormie's book.
Day one: His Mind
Here's a tough question for you: how well can you get into the mind of your husband? How familiar are you with his mind, the things he thinks about, struggles with even? You know how easy it is for us to live in the lies satan plants in our mind, what about the lies he plants in our husbands minds? The two most powerful weapons against the attack of lies upon your husband's mind are the Word of God and praise. As a wife we can pray power over our husbands life by praying scripture over him and by offering him praises daily!
Lord, I pray for your protection on my husbands mind. Shield him from the lies of the enemy. Help him to clearly discern between your voice and any other, and teach him how to take captive every thought (2 Corinthians 10:5). May he thirst for Your word and hunger for Your truth so that he can recognize wrong thinking (Mark 12:30). Remind him that He has the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). May your peace which surpasses all understanding guard his heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6,7). And finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—let him think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
I know I have spent too much waisted time with the "what ifs". How about our husbands? What do they fear? My husband is now without a job. Though we have such great peace about this, he has verbalized in round about ways his "what ifs" What if we can't pay the bills? What if this dream job doesn't work out? What if I can't provide for my family? Fears are very real in a person's life and as a wife we are called by God to support our husband in his fears-not to build on that fear but to help him find comfort, security and love that will draw him away from the fear. The only kind of fear we are suppose to have is the fear of the Lord. Let us remember that the Lord is our our light and our salvation, He is our strength, of whom shall we be afraid?(Psalm 27:1)
Lord, may Your Word penetrate every fiber of his being, convincing him that Your love for him if far greater than anything he faces and nothing can separate him from it. Teach him Your way, O Lord. Help him to walk in your truth. Unite his heart to fear Your name (Psalm. 86:11). May Your Spirit rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).
This has really hit home with us-my husband's purpose. After attending She Speaks and confirming that I needed to release my husband (and myself) to live in God's purpose and not my own, life has changed! When he discovers that purpose, and is doing what he was created to do, becoming what he was created to be, he will find fulfillment. This is what I want for my husband. God has called us to a purpose and we are to seek it daily (2 Timothy 1:9). As we seek God's purpose, He will open doors to what we are called to do. God is calling us to support our husband in living out his God-ordained purpose. Our purpose will fit in with whatever our husband's calling is, it will not be in conflict with it. So as you pray this day for your husband to live his purpose, also seek God's will in your own purpose. Does it compliment your husbands purpose? Does it hinder his purpose?
Lord, I pray that (husband's name) will clearly hear the call You have on his life. Help him to realize who he is in Christ and give his certainty that he was created for a high purpose. Enable him to walk worthy of his calling and become the man of God You made him to be (2 Thessalonians 1:11). Strike down discouragement so that it will not defeat him. Lift his eyes above the circumstances of the moment so he can see the purpose for which You created him. I pray for my husband that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give him a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that he may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of his heart may be enlightened in order that he may know the hope to which he has been called by You, that he will experience the riches of Your glorious inheritance for Your saints, and that he will experience your incomparably great power for his faith (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Day four: His Choices
Every day we are living in choices. We make choices based on needs or what feels good for the moment. Sometimes these choices are right and sometimes we learn our choices were not such a good one. My husband and I have learned in the few short years we have been married to listen to each other. On several occasions one of us has said "I don't have a peace about this one" and we have backed off from it to find out later that was the best choice we could have made. God is the only one who can give true discernment. He can give us wisdom when we ask for it. Wisdom brings success (Ecclesiastes 10:10), and it enables us to learn from experience (Proverbs 15:31). There is great value in praying for wisdom for our husband and for ourselves so we work better together as a team in choices.
Lord, fill my husband with the fear of the Lord and give him wisdom for every decision he makes. May he reverence You and Your ways and seek to know Your Truth. Give him discernment to make decisions based on your revelation. Help him to make godly choices and keep him from doing anything foolish. I pray he will listen to godly counsel and not be a man who is unteachable (Proverbs 1:5)
I cannot even imagine life without my husband. I feel cheated that we have married later in life and I will not have the many years together that some couples will have. My husband and I are not "health-conscious people". We have tried working out together, we have tried to limit our diet intake, but we are far from being phyically healthy. We won't be running any marathons this year but I pray that God will show me how I can be healthier for my husband and my family so I can be with him longer. I pray for a healthy marriage and as long as we both get on our knees together each morning to pray to our God of grace, I know we have a really good chance! Some of you may have husbands with health issues and Stormie reminds us in this chapter to pray for your husband's health but leave it in God's hands.
Lord, I pray for my husbands health and pray you will make every part of his body function the way you designed it to. Strengthen his body to successfully indure his workload, and when he sleeps may he wake up completely rested. I also pray for a healthy marriage and that I will do my part in this role as his wife.
These are some great areas to pray on for our husbands this week. May you (and he) be blessed as you seek to love on your husband in this way!