At the beginning of the year I wrote about being more intentional. I decided to make intentional my “word for the year.” I decided it was time to be more intentional about the way I live my life and care for other people. One of the ways I am trying to do this is by regularly praying for my husband. Of course, I’ve always prayed for Stephen. I’ve been praying for him for the past five years. But my prayers haven’t been focused. Often times, they consisted of asking God to give him a good day at work and help him ace his midterms. Now, though, I realize just how important it is for a wife to consistently and faithfully pray for her husband (it is also important for the husband to pray for his wife).
I thought I would share the three specific ways I pray for Stephen on a daily basis. Of course I pray for other things, but these three are part of my daily prayers.
1. I pray for spiritual growth and his relationship with the Lord. Ultimately, this is the most important thing I pray about regarding my husband. Stephen loves the Lord wholeheartedly. He has a servant’s heart and he is a fantastic, strong leader. My daily prayer for him is that he continues to thirst and hunger for God’s Word, repent of sin, pursue holiness, and love the Lord.
2. I pray for wisdom and discernment in his job. Stephen is the supervisor of a before- and after-school program at one of the poorest schools in our city. He loves his job and his students. He often refers to the students in his program as his kids. But his job is not always easy. He has tough decisions to make on a daily basis—decisions that affect the lives of the kids in his school. I pray that God gives him discernment and wisdom as he goes about his work day.
3. I pray for his strength and physical health. Of course I pray for my husband’s spiritual health and growth—but I also pray for his physical health and strength as well. He goes full-force at his job 40+ hours a week, then continues to serve faithfully at church and at home. He gives 100% to everything he does, and he does it with a smile on his face. He’s on-the-go a lot. So naturally, I pray that God gives him strength. I know he gets tired and he’s not one to slow down on the rare occasion that he is sick—so I pray for him to remain healthy.
These are just three of the ways I pray for my husband. There are days I am frustrated with him and not so inclined to pray for him. But praying for Stephen brings me into communion with God—praying for my husband brings us into a more intimate relationship with God at the center.
How do you pray for your spouse?