Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Praying for my Husband

I had my post written already before I realized that this week is a theme week for WFMW. I'm sorry my post isn't about organizing this week. Maybe next week. Better late than never, huh? : )

Awhile ago, I did a WFMW post on how I pray for my kids. This time aroundI thought I'd share what is working for me in praying for my husband this time around.

I learned so much from reading Stormie Omartian's book The Power of Praying Wife. Reading that book gave me such a love for praying for King Charming. I would start there if you are looking for inspiration on how to cover your husband.

The other thing that has been super helpful for me is this formula I got from Renee Swope's blog The Journey of my Heart. This is how Renee prays for her husband. I've been using it to pray for my kids, too. Sometimes I use her words, sometimes I use my own, but I like the idea of praying for them from head to toe.

"Father, continually renew ____________’s mind, resulting in a transformed life. Help him bring every thought into captivity to make it obedient to Christ. Give him a greater understanding of Your Word. Help him to think on things that are pure and right and worthy of praise." (Psalm 119:15, Romans. 12:2, 2 Cor.10:5)

"Lord, keep opening ___________’s eyes to deep spiritual truths. Help him to see things as You see them. Please guard his eyes from looking at worthless things. " (Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:37)

"Father, let ____________ hear Your voice clearly. Help him to recognize your voice with certainty. Protect him from listening to anyone who is not seeking and walking with You. Help him not to be affected negatively by what others say and to discern between good and evil. Give him the ability to determine what is of You and what is not." (Isaiah. 30:21, 1 Kings 3:9, 1 John 4:1)

"Help _____________ to speak the truth in love. Help him to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Give him the courage to lovingly confront when necessary. Let the words he speaks be Yours, not his own. Help him speak words that bring grace and truth to the hearers. I also pray that you will help him to grow in his ability and desire to communicate with you and others." (Psalm 19:14, 119:13, 41:3; Ephesians 4:15, 4:29; James 1:19)

"Give ________________a heart that seeks passionately after You. Teach him to guard his heart with diligence. Help him deal with anything in his heart that is not pleasing to You. Create in him a pure heart. Enable him to lead our family with integrity." (Psalm 78:72, 119:10-11; Proverbs. 4:23; 1 Thessalonians. 3:13)

"Lord, I pray that everything ___________does would be done with his whole heart, serving You rather than man. I pray that You will also help him to increase his skills and his abilities. Bless everything he puts his hands to." (Psalm 24:3-4, Colossians 3:23)

I pray _______________ would love Your Words and walk in Your ways. I pray that He would be able to walk in a manner that is worthy of You, bearing fruit in every good work, and that He would pass Your truths to our children as he walks along life's path. Father, when he walk through the valley of the shadow of doubt and difficulties, I pray that he would fear no evil because He knows that you are with him. (Deuteronomy 6:7, 8:6, Colossians 1:10, Psalm 23:4)

Thank you, Renee, for this easy to remember way to pray for my family!

Works for me!

For other tips from bloggers this week, check out Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.


Sally Jo said...

I still use that book every morning. Oh, Gee, You gave it to me. Way to go. Mom

Emma said...

This is great. I pray for Chad all the time... ALL the time lol. this will help me focus more on specific things instead of just going all over the place lol! Thanks Beck!

Heidi said...

Thanks Becky.:)

Amanda said...

What a great way to organize all my random prayers for my husband. Thanks for sharing this. I once had the book Power of a Praying Wife...I guess I should go find it again!