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Monday, September 20, 2010

Praying for my husband.

I don't pray for my husband.

I can't remember the last time I prayed for him.....
I mean REALLY prayed.

Besides the general, "please keep him safe today, give him all the strength and wisdom he needs" breath prayers that are quickly sighed to the heavens each morning between feeding the children their breakfasts and making coffee.

I'm convicted and ashamed to say it, but it's the truth and

I want to change it,

starting now.

If you're married I'd love for you to join me! I'm going to be posting a prayer for the week for the next little while. {And you know what, even if you're NOT married you can still pray these prayers for that man *somewhere out there* that you may one day call "husband."}

There are so many *things* I like to accomplish each day, most feel non-eternal. This is something I look forward to doing. Even if it means I take one sentence a day and meditate on it.....on my husbands behalf.


Take my selfishness, impatience, and irritability and turn them into kindness, long-suffering and the willingness to bear all things . take my old emotional habits, mindsets, automatic reactions, rude assumptions, and self-protective stance, and make me patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.

Only YOU can transform me.

Show me where there is sin in my heart, especially with regard to my husband.

Enable us to communicate well...make me my husband's helpmate, companion, champion, friend and support. Help me to create a peaceful, restful, safe place for him to come home to. Teach me how to take care of myself and stay attractive to him.

Grow me into a creative and confident woman who is rich in mind, soul and spirit. Make me the kind of woman he can be proud to say is his wife.

I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accpeting that neither of us is perfect and never will be.

Teach me how to pray for my husband.

Show me what unconditional love really is and how to communicate it in a way he can clearly perceive.

Make us a team.

I pray that our commitment to You and to one another will grow stronger and more passionate every day. Help me to understand his dreams and see things from his perspective. Reveal to me what he wants and needs and show me potential problems before they arise.

BREATHE YOUR LIFE into this marriage.

Make me a new person, Lord. Give me a fresh perspective, a positive outlook, and a renewed relationship with the man You've given me. Help me see him with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion and new acceptance. Give my husband a new wife and let it be me."

"through wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established."
Proverbs 24:3


Jeane` said...

A post chock-full of practical and loving wisdom. A print-worthy prayer for the above-the-kitchen-sink.

Anne said...

COunt me in! I really stink at that too. I hate it, but prayer is something I really struggle with anyway. Being the perfectionist that I am, I find myself picking my poor hubs apart more than I'm admiring him...and not because there's not PLENTY to admire and respect.

Thank God for loving friends like you who can gently remind us what we really need to be doing as wives and moms.

I'm all in!

Anonymous said...

Great post! I will definately follow this the next couple weeks Thank you for the reminder and the challenge to continue to pray. You are such an inspiring writer.

rosa said...

i LOVE her looking forward to the updates. thaks for sharing your heart and challeging me

Shelly said...

I was convicted of this very thing just last week when I picked up the prayer journal I started for my husband long before I knew him . . . and have continued writing/praying in it since we're married. Not that I haven't prayed for him in a year, but the last entry in the book was about a year ago. Tells me that life is busy with little ones about, but also that I need to pick up on the 'fervant prayers' for the man I love. Thanks for the reminder!