Friday, October 12, 2012

One Month of Prayer {Marriage}

If someone asked you, "how do you bless your husband?"

What would your answer(s) be?

If your husband was asked, "in what ways does your wife bless you?"

What would his answer(s) be?

The greatest way to bless him and your marriage is to pray for him.  Daily.  Humbly.  Joyfully.  Fervently.  Faithfully.  Lovingly. 

The second most important relationship of our lives is our marriages. Outside of God this must come first before every other relationship. Putting God first in your marriage is a sure bet for success no matter what trials or circumstances you might be facing now or will face tomorrow. God is faithful and His promises are true. 

A few years ago, I shared the following 31 day prayer challenge written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and I hope you will join me in praying for our spouses once again.   May we all grow closer to God this month as we purpose in our hearts to focus on Him being the source of love, truth, and life our marriages all need!  May our marriages be a light to our family and friends and give them reason to ask us what is our source for such hope, peace, joy, love and life in our homes! Use these as a guide and allow the Holy Spirit to direct you in how you should be praying for your marriage and spouse! 

“She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a)

Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another (Ephesians 6:18). This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12). Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.

I Encourage you to print these off and pray each day and see what happens!

Day 1
Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)

Day 2
Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord. (Prov. 3:7, 9:10; Ps. 112:1)

Day 3
Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8)

Day 4
Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)

Day 5
Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)

Day 6
Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand against evil. (Prov. 27:12; John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:12-13)

Day 7
Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-24, 26; Rom. 13:14)
I look forward to hearing how this month of prayer sets your family up for a better year in 2010 and opens doors for all of our families to be used in richer ways for His glory!

Day 8
Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc. (Rom. 12:11; 1 Cor. 15:58)

Day 9
Pray that your husband handle finances wisely, will have discernment concerning budgeting and investments, and will be a good steward of his money in regard to giving to the Lord’s work. Pray that money will not become a source of discord in your family. (Prov. 23:4-5; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:5)

Day 10
Pray that your husband will cultivate strong integrity, and not compromise his convictions. Pray that his testimony will be genuine, that he will be honest in his business dealings, and will never do anything that he needs to hide from others. (Prov. 20:7; 1 Tim. 1:5, 3:7; Eph. 6:10-12)

Day 11
Pray that your husband will have a humble, teachable spirit and a servant’s heart before the Lord. Pray that he will listen to God and desire to do His will. (Prov. 15:33; Eph. 6:6)

Day 12
Pray that your husband will yield his s*xual drive to the Lord and practice self control. Pray that your s*xual intimacy together will be fresh, positive, and a reflection of selfless love. (Prov. 5:15, 18; 1 Cor. 7:3; Song of Solomon 7:10)

Day 13
Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. (Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3-4)

Day 14
Pray that your husband will speak words that build you and your family, and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language. (Prov. 18:21; Eph. 4:29)

Day 15-30 coming tomorrow!   Praying for all of our marriages to be rejuvenated, restored, rebuilt, and to bless our family and friends!   Let us teach our children by living out the TRUTH, doing it His WAY, and showering them with HIS LIFE and LOVE!

Today’s prayer is from Sheri Rose Shepherd’s book His Princess – Prayers to My King. Permission granted to share these by Sheri. May it touch you deeply and stay with you as a reminder of the blessing in prayer.

Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
My King, Remind me to pray:
Lord, I too easily forget how blessed I am to be able to enter into Your throne room with my prayers and problems. Thank You for this amazing privilege and gift. And prompt me, by Your Holy Spirit, to pray consistently and with confidence. Don't let me miss one divine touch from You because I have neglected to pray.
Remind me daily of whose daughter I am and how powerful You are. Help me to claim Your promises for me and for those I know and love. Help me to be Your princess warrior who binds satan's schemes with the power of Your Word and my prayers.
Thank You that You always hear me call out to You. I praise You because You do more than listen - You answer faithfully according to Your perfect will. I feel privileged to pray. I love You, Lord, for who You are and all that You do. In Jesus' name. Amen!
Love,

Your princess, who is ready to pray

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2 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I pray for my husband daily. This is so important. I also believe it is so important to respect my husband. I read a book by Dr. Emmerich called "Love and Respect". I began to find things I respected about Greg and told him. He loved and appreciated this. Of course, it must be truthful statements. But too many women (even Christian women) seem to put their husbands down.

    I love this 30 days of prayer. And I will continue to pray for my hubby.

    Love you,
    Debbie

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  2. Thank you Jill! This is great. Looking forward to praying for my husband and seeing the changes that occur.
    Maggie

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