Tonight is the night I write my blog post to encourage others and to be honest, I don’t really feel like it. Not because I’m being lazy but because I don’t feel like I’m in the best place to encourage anyone. During dinner tonight an argument occurred- a stupid one. (Typically in marriage they are. Am I right?)
My first instinct was to throw my hands up. I told myself, “I’m not writing tonight. No one will even realize it wasn’t in their inbox in the morning anyway.” But thankfully I’ve become more aware of satan’s schemes in life and my next thought was “that’s the devil. He knows exactly how to stop you from what God wants you to do. Jill, you know better!”
So in total agreement with God, here I sit. Thinking this was going to be a struggle to get into a place to do this, God has led me right to what He wants me to write. Which funny enough is exactly what He wants me to do. Pray. Pray for my husband. Pray for my marriage. Because to get back to what is good in marriage and really anything in life- prayer is ALWAYS the best option.
I read a book not too long ago called “The Praying Wife” by Stormi Omartian. The book was so good that I took each chapters prayer, made each prayer my own and then formed them into one prayer. I say this prayer for my husband and my marriage most mornings or when things get tough. Will this prayer change your marriage? Maybe. Will this prayer change your husband? Possibly. Will this prayer change you? Absolutely. And that’s what God asks of us-to change our hearts to look more like His. And this helps me more and more each day in my pursuit of doing so. And I hope it does the same for you.
A Praying Wife Prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I stand humbly before you asking for your blessing over my marriage and I thank you for giving me the husband you have, I am so blessed. I pray and ask these specific things for and over my marriage.
First and foremost, there is a wall in my heart that I know was erected as protection against being hurt but I’m ready to let it come down. I confess my fearful and disrespectful attitude as sin against you. Show me how to dismantle this barrier over my emotions that keeps me from having the unconditional love you want me to have for my husband. Give me a soft heart, even better, your heart for him. Make me a tool of reconciliation in our marriage. Enable us to have clear, good, healthy communication. Make me the wife my husband needs. Release me and my husband from the burden of fulfilling each other in areas where we should be looking to you. I pray our commitment to you and one another will grow stronger every day. Enable my husband to be the head of the home and show me how to support that. I pray he will be kind and patient and not easily provoked. Enable him to bear all things. Release him from anger, unrest, anxiety, concerns, strife and pressure.
Unite us in friendship and faithful commitment. Bless the work of his hands. Let it not only be successful but also fulfilling and in line with your perfect will. Let us commit our finances to you. May we both be good stewards of all that you give us and walk in total agreement of how it will be dispersed. Bless our sex life. Let it be an area of great fulfillment for both of us. Let us desire each other and no one else. Keep us both pure in mind and body. Take away anyone or anything that would inspire temptation to infidelity. May there be no thoughts of divorce or infidelity in our hearts and none in the future. I pray for affection between us. Help us demonstrate how much we care and value and honor each other. Strengthen my husband to resist any temptation. Establish a wall of protection around him and let him be repulsed by tempting situations. Teach him to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Let him hear your voice above all others and give him protection on his mind from the lies of the enemy. Help him to make godly choices and give him good godly counselors and the wisdom of your counsel. I pray for his health. Sustain him. Protect him from accidents, disease and danger. Give him your strength in trials. Make him a man who lives by the truth and a reputation that is untarnished. Let our priorities be in perfect order. We ask for other godly couples to come into our life. For his fatherhood. And that we let go of anything in the past. Give my husband a hunger for You and Your Word above all!
I pray this prayer blesses you and your marriages!
As usual, stay fabulous, but recognize our flaws so we can always, always, always, see our need for Christ.