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There are so many keys to a great marriage and we have only discussed a few this week. But I want to leave you with one final and very important key… prayer.
Praying for our marriage and our husbands on consistent bases is something we need to put a high level of importance on and here’s why…
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 (NLT)
We all want wonderful results in our marriage. But sometimes we go about trying to get those results the wrong way.
I love what Ruth Bell Graham, wife of the famous evangelist Billy Graham said regarding praying for your husband, “tell your mate the positive, and tell God the negative.”
By now you have probably discovered that nagging and preaching at your husband will not produce the results you are trying to get.
Here’s Elizabeth George’s thoughts on praying for your husband…
Furthermore, Jesus teaches, “Where your treasure is [in this case, the treasure for your time and effort invested in prayer], there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21). Focusing on your husband in prayer will help you focus on him in your heart, your thoughts, and your actions. You’ll also be surprised at the fruit born in your own life from this prayer- the fruit of understanding, cheerfulness, patience, helpfulness, and calmness. While you were praying for your husband, God changed your heart!
I want God to change me. I want to be the one my husband desires to be with more that anyone else. I want to be the one my husband confides and trusts in. I want to be all I can be for him.
And I want the some for him as well. I want him to be all he can be. That requires my love, patience, acceptance, devotion and prayers.
God has called our husbands to lead our families. That is a weighty responsibility. The way we can help him carry the load is by praying for him to have godly wisdom, favor, integrity, a humble and teachable sprit, godly friendships, courage, forgiveness, and a God-given purpose.
So honestly ask yourself, when was the last time I prayed for my husband? We are the closest earthly relationship our husband has, and if we are not praying for him, then who is?
We are all on this faith journey to becoming more like Christ. And if we want godly results in our marriage, then we have to bring our marriage and our husbands before God in prayer.
Ladies, as you are praying for your man, I am praying for you! God’s will is for our marriages to flourish. But it’s up to us to water, prune and cultivate the gift God has given us.
So today, I leave you with some links to some really great verses and prayers that can help you do just that! 🙂