My Valentine and I at the Grand Canyon last summer!
It’s Valentine’s Day Eve. ‘Tis the season to take a little time to appreciate our sweethearts, and let them know how much we love them!
And while there are many things we can do to bless our husbands, one of the best ones ties in to what I’m emphasizing in my own life in 2018 – praying for them on a regular basis.
I’ve read through Stormie Omartian’s book The Power of a Praying Wife several times. It always reminds me of how effective prayer can be in my husband’s life – and convicts me about spending more time praying for him!
I still use my monthly family prayer list to write out specific needs I want to cover for all my family members each month. However, I also consider these five key areas as I pray for my husband.
1. Pray for his purity.
Every day our men are bombarded with words, pictures, and scenes that can tempt them to have wrong thoughts. I’m obviously not a man, so I’m sure I can’t even begin to understand how their mind works in relation to these struggles. But I know that Satan would love to destroy a man who is seeking to live for God. I like to pray the words from the Lord’s prayer, “lead [him] not into temptation, but deliver [him] from evil.” (Matthew 6:13)
2. Pray for his walk with God.
If you’re married to an unsaved man, you’d begin by praying for his salvation. If our husbands know Christ as their Savior, we can pray that they will grow in their faith, and that their hearts will be tender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
3. Pray for his relationships.
Many men have a boss, co-workers, friends, and, of course, their children that they come into contact with every day! We can ask God to bless these relationships, to give our husbands friends who are honorable Christian men who will encourage him in his walk with God. Pray for him as a father, that he will develop strong, sweet relationships with his children.
4. Pray for wisdom.
Most of our husbands probably make many decisions every day. Yes, we need to pray for those big ones like job changes or major purchases! But let’s also remember the small ones. Every choice, every decision leads somewhere.
5. Pray for his future.
Many of our men have big dreams. Pray that they will seek God’s guidance in their careers and their ministries. We can ask God to lead our husbands in the way He would have them to go, and to make His path clear to them.
As wives, we can truly bless our husbands as we pray for them!
Thank you, dear God, for the husband you’ve given me. He’s a man of character who works hard to support his family. I pray that you would keep his mind and his thoughts pure today. Guard his eyes and his ears; build a hedge about him, and keep him from temptation.
Thank you that he desires to walk with you. Encourage him in his faith today. Open doors of opportunity, and grant him boldness to share his faith with those around him. Give him strong friendships with men who will inspire him. Help him continue to be a great dad to our girls.
Bless him with wisdom for every decision he faces today. Help him to see the long-term consequences, and give him peace about the correct decision to make. As he looks toward the future, let him have hopes and dreams to work toward. Show him Your will each and every day, and give him the strength to follow wherever You may lead.