“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:18).
As a child of God, He has given us the opportunity to have fellowship with Him. He not only gives us this privilege, but He desires us to come to Him before the Throne of Grace, at any time and for any reason. He loves us so much and wants a relationship with us. He is ready to guide and direct us and give us the desires of our heart, according to His perfect will.
God’s Word is full of verses that teach us how to pray for each and every situation. Not everyone is the same. We all have different circumstances. Some of us have interruptions all day long. When we are particularly busy, we should try to make opportunities to talk with God while doing everyday tasks. For example, we can pray while preparing dinner, washing dishes, folding laundry, driving to and from work, kneeling at our bedsides before sleep, and as we awaken each day (I cannot always do that without drifting off!). I love to pray aloud. One of my best prayer times with the Father is when I am out walking. I can yell as loud as I want and sing off-key, and no one knows. I can laugh, cry, and pour my heart out to Him. I have to say that when I am alone with God during my walks it is the best prayer time ever!
One of the most important ways to pray effectively is to maintain a close walk with our Heavenly Father. We must confess our sins regularly so that our hearts are clean as we enter Holy Ground.
Our husbands need our prayers more than ever! The Enemy is waiting to attack them in every area of weakness. As wives, we need to be prepared in the battle, as we go to our Father on our husbands’ behalf. Don’t wait for a crisis. Our husbands are human. They are exposed to so much each and every day. They need to know that we are behind them in prayer. This is the very best thing we can do for our mate and for our marriage.
When we pray for our husbands, our requests should be according to God’s perfect will. Okay, so how do you know what God’s perfect will is for your mate? Years ago, a friend of mine shared with me her prayer journal. As I read, I was a little confused because all she had written was Scripture rewritten in her own words with her loved ones mentioned according to those verses. She smiled at me and said, “Lori, have you ever prayed Scripture back to God for His will in your life and the lives of your loved ones?” Wow! I’m so grateful for those the Lord has used in my life to teach me more about God and His Word. Take advantage of those spiritual giants in your life. Don’t wait for a crisis to get on your knees. Our husbands are human; and if they are not on guard, they can slip, especially if you think they cannot. Stress, being tired, working long hours, and temptations are just a few things that cause our men to be distracted. Satan wants our men. He wants to destroy our families. He is waiting for them to take their eyes off of Christ. We must always be prepared for battle.
Journaling is a great way to write down requests that you have for your husband. As you open the Word of God, prepare your heart. Look up Scriptures that apply to his needs. A godly lady shared in one of her Bible study workshops how she prayed for her husband by using Colossians 1:9–14. That wisdom was just the encouragement I needed to help develop a deeper prayer time over my husband. Beginning with these verses first will help you focus on praying for his spiritual walk. As you begin this journey, I promise you will be encouraged and blessed as you see how God moves!
- Take some time today to pray to God aloud.
- Start a prayer journal. Rather than just writing down your requests, challenge yourself to use only Scripture as you pray for the needs of others.
This chapter was written by Lori A. Bruce. Her website is www.agarden4aprincess.com.
This chapter was taken from The Extraordinary Wife. CLICK HERE to learn more about the book.