The Power of a Praying Wife: Week 1August 7, 2009 at 11:43 am | Posted in devotional, Homemaking, Marriage, Parenting | 1 Comment
Tags: finances, Marriage, prayer, wife, work
This week I read about praying for the following areas of my husband’s life:
1. His Wife: This chapter talks about the importance of having a pure heart when praying for your husband. The author introduced a wonderful, “why didn’t I think of that?”, notion in suggesting that the wife prays, “Lord, change me,” rather than, “Lord, change him.” Something that was particularly affirming to me was the section on creating a home:
Part of making a house a home is allowing your husband to be the head so you can be the heart. Trying to be both is too much. God placed the husband as the head over the family whether he deserves it or not and whether he rises up to take his position or not. It’s God’s order of things.
Other important points: let go of your expectations and respect, praise, and encourage your husband.For a biblical list of the characteristics of a godly wife, read Proverbs 31.
2. His Work: A man often finds that his identity is tied to his work. If he feels like a failure at work, he’ll feel like a failure at home. If he feels fulfilled in their work, he’ll feel more fulfilled in general. The author writes how people who have had actively praying parents seem to find their life’s work early–they have a sense of purpose and destiny that propels them in the right direction. My husband has been actively seeking the Lord’s will for his career, and finds peace in knowing that ultimately the Lord wants him to be a teacher and a coach.
As a parent, I was convicted in my neglecting to pray for my children in this area. I am glad to have been made aware of this missing link in my prayer for them.
3. His Finances: Again, much of who a man is and what he experiences in life is wrapped up in how he relates to his work and finances. It is important to commit your finances to the Lord and be wise stewards of the provision He gives to you. It’s also important to realize that it’s okay to pray that the storehouses of blessing will be opened upon him, but pray that all riches come from the hand of God.