(In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sharon’s February devotions will focus on marriage.
If you are not married, these devotions will apply to you in other areas of life. Keep reading!)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Of all the roles and responsibilities that God has given wives, the position of a prayer warrior or intercessor is perhaps the greatest of all. An intercessor is a person who intervenes or prays for another person. It was derived from the Greek word enteuxis, which means to go before a king with a petition or plea on behalf of someone else. In essence, it means the same thing today. We go before the King of Kings with a petition or plea on someone’s behalf. What we accomplish on our knees in the invisible realm will ultimately affect the strength of our marriage in the visible realm. There is no other person who is more called or more qualified to pray for your man than you.
In the Bible, God describes the marriage of a man and a woman as a visual example of the spiritual union between Jesus Christ and the church (all Christians). Believers are called “the bride of Christ” (Revelation 19:7). A marriage is a walking, talking, earthly example of the heavenly relationship between God’s Son and those who believe on His name. God instructs men, “Love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
There is someone who wants to destroy that living example, and his name is Satan. Jesus said, “The thief [Satan] comes to steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). He desires to destroy the God-ordained and designed institution of marriage. He began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and continues his destructive tactics even today. Satan is not very creative, but he’s very effective, and he uses the same temptations and tactics today that he used in the first marriage on earth. Satan has proclaimed an all-out assault on the family and he begins at the top—with the husband and wife.
So many times we fail to see the real enemy in our marital struggles. The writer of Ephesians explains, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
When having a conflict with my husband, I need to stop, take a deep breath, and think…who is the real enemy here? There is a spiritual battle raging all around us that we can’t even see, but is very real. It is the greater reality. It is a battle that is not to be feared, but one that is to be recognized and fought in the only place where it can be won—in prayer.
Dear Lord, I pray for my husband from head to toe.
His Mind - That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
His Eyes -That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13; Mark 9:47)
His Ears – That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him. (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8)
His Mouth -That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:14)
His Neck – That the decisions that turn his head will honor You in all regards. (1 Kings 3:9)
His Shoulders – That he will not carry burdens and worries on his own shoulders, but trust that nothing is too hard for You. (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17)
His Heart -That he will love and trust You with his whole heart. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5)
His Back – That You will protect him from harm in the spiritual and physical realms. (Deuteronomy 23:14 NLT)
His Arms – That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
His Hands – That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
His Ring Finger – That he will love me as Christ loved the Church. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
His Side – That he will have godly friends who hold him up and spur him on. (Proverbs 27:17; Proverbs 12:26).
His Sexuality – That he will not be tempted by sexual sin, but satisfied and fulfilled in our marriage bed. (Matthew 6:13; Proverbs 5:18-19)
His Legs – That he will stand firm on the truth, knowing that if he does not stand firm in his faith, he will not stand at all. (Psalm 62:6; Isaiah 7:9)
His Knees – That he will humble himself before You and be strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10; Joshua 1:8-9)
His feet – That You will order his steps, and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25; Psalm 26:3)
Now It’s Your Turn
Consider asking your husband for some specific ways that you can pray for him today.
Look up each of the Scripture references above and make the prayer for your husband specific to his particular needs.
Find one friend with whom you can pray for your marriage. Commit to pray for each other’s marriage on a regular basis.
Click over to my Facebook page and share your husband, son, or boyfriend’s name. Let’s pray for our men today.
More from the Girlfriends
As a wife, you have been given the privilege of serving as a mighty prayer warrior for your husband. Today’s devotion is just a sample of the power of praying Scripture over your man. My latest book, Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe teaches about the importance of each of the 16 landmarks in your man’s life, and gives a comprehensive thirty-day prayer guide to cover him from head to toe. You’ll be equipped and empowered to establish the habit of purposeful prayer in just 5-7 minutes a day! Check it out at www.prayingforyourhusband.com. I’d also encourage your to join me in the 30-Day Prayer Dare!