Title: "Praying for my husband" Author: Unknown
A good husband is a wonderful thing. Many of us women have been truly blessed by God with a godly, lifelong soul mate. I thank God every day for my husband, especially when I hear about affairs, abuse, divorces, etc. in others' lives.
However, there are some things about him that I would change if I could. After all, he is not perfect. He is a sinner (just like me). Through the years, I have tried to change him by telling him what I want or what he needs to do over and over again. This is called nagging and is not very effective. I have wished and hoped that he could read my mind and know how he's supposed to think, speak, and act. This, too, is ineffective unless he has shown a prior proclivity for ESP. (My husband definitely has not.) There is only one thing I have found to be successful in changing my husband. That thing is prayer.
Now, in cases where my wanting him to change is not a moral or spiritual issue, but about opinions, habits, or annoyances, I've found prayer useful in changing ME. Praise God. This writing is more about prayer for him to have wisdom, strength, integrity, and to be totally devoted to God.
Oh, I know there have been many tomes written on prayer. Many of them have great instruction on the how, what, when, where, why, and who of prayer. In the end, these books will do us no good if we read them and neglect prayer. This has been my dilemma.
Praying for our husbands is the single most important thing we can do for them. It is vital; frustrating, yet rewarding. If we do not pray for them, who is going to do it? Our marriages are under attack by the enemy. We are so busy that we have forgotten the necessity of prayer. How much more desperate do we have to be for God's will in our marriages before we will pray?
Several years ago, a darling Christian lady in my church gave me a booklet that has revolutionized my prayer life. It is filled with actual prayers, based on scripture for our spouses, children, and families; for God's will, forgiveness, and blessings. The section that has meant the most to me is Praying For Your Husband. Below are some paraphrased condensed scriptural prayers that present the husband's body to God from head to toe.
His mind Lord, I pray that my husband will have complete understanding and will know Christ, who holds all wisdom and knowledge (Colossians. 2:2-3). I pray that he will take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians. 10:5). Help him fix his thoughts on eternal and not earthly things (Colossians. 3:2) and on that which is true, good, right, lovely, and praiseworthy (Philippians. 4:8). I pray that he will be transformed by the renewing of his mind (Romans 12:2).
His eyes I pray that his eyes will turn away from worthless things (Psalms. 119:37) and be able to see wonderful things in Your word (Psalms. 119:18). Cause him to fix his eyes on the eternal instead of the temporary (2 Corinthians. 4:18). Help him be alert to watch for the snares of the enemy (1 Peter. 5:8).
His ears Give him the faith that comes by hearing Your word (Rom. 10:17). I pray that he will hear Your voice (Revelation. 3:20), listen (Is. 50:5), and obey (James 1:22,25).
His mouth Lord, set a guard over his mouth and keep watch over the door of his lips (Psalms. 141:3). Help him to speak Your word with boldness (Acts 4:29) and give him Your words so he will speak the gospel without fear (Ephesians. 6:19). Let the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart be acceptable to You (Psalms. 19:14). Cause him to abstain from dirty talk and jokes (Ephesians. 5:4), but instead let his words be full of grace (Colossians. 4:6), being prepared to give the reason for the hope he has (1 Pet. 3:15).
His heart Father, help my husband love You with all his heart, soul, and strength (Deut. 6:5). Guard his heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs. 4:23). Thank you for giving him a new heart and spirit and for taking his heart of stone and giving him a heart of flesh (Ezekiel. 36:26-27). Create in him a clean heart (Psalms. 51:10). Help him to trust You with all his heart and not lean on his own understanding (Proverbs. 3:5). I pray that the peace of Christ would rule in his heart (Colossians. 3:15).
His arms Help him not to trust in his own strength, but to know that Your strength is made perfect in his weakness (2 Corinthians. 12:9).
His hands May he lift up holy hands in prayer to You, Lord, without anger or disputing (1 Timothy. 2:8). I pray he will reach his hands out to the poor and needy as if he was doing it for You (Matthew. 25:3-36).
His legs Help him to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians. 5:7). I pray he will stand firm with Your armor on (Ephesians. 6:13). May he run with perseverance the race set before him (Hebrews. 12:1).
His feet Thank you, Lord, for setting his feet upon a rock, a firm place to stand (Psalms. 40:2). Keep his feet from slipping (Psalms. 66:9) and may they be ready with the gospel of peace (Ephesians. 6:15).
This barely skims the surface, but it is a good start. Many of you are probably now saying, I can't do all that, it takes time! Exactly. Begin by rearranging your daily priorities (such as sleep). It is ideal to get up an hour before everyone else in the house and spend it in prayer, but most of us probably aren't doing that. If this is a problem with you, these prayers can be written on note cards and placed on your desk, mirror or in your car. Or they can be recorded on a cassette that you can listen to while you're exercising or driving. That way God's word is constantly in your ears and mouth and heart. And you will find that your husband AND you are becoming more like Christ in the process.