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Today’s Truth

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

(2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV)

Note from Sharon: I know that devotions on marriage are difficult for many who are not married and perhaps would like to be. That’s why we usually keep the marriage devotions that minister to thousands of women in the month of February. Whether you are married or single, please join us at GiG in praying for marriages all around the world.

Today’s Truth

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)

Friend to Friend

Allan was a tough man. Raised by a single mom with five siblings, he learned how to scrap his way through life and climb to the top of humanity’s heap through sheer determination and grit. He married at nineteen, had his first son at twenty, then a baby girl at twenty-five. Over the next two decades he advanced from driving a delivery truck at a lumberyard to becoming part owner of a building supply company.

Allan drank heavily, fought with his wife verbally and physically, and terrorized his children emotionally. He gambled, dabbled in pornography, and had questionable relationships laced with a host of unsavory vices. But when his teenage daughter gave her life to Jesus and began praying for her family, God grabbed the chisel of grace and began chipping away at Allan’s proud heart of stone. One day he told her, “I’ll go to church with you from time to time, but I could never become a Christian. I’ve done too many horrible things in my life. God could never forgive me. I could never be good enough.”

His daughter explained that no one could ever be good enough. If we could, then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross to pay for our sins. But Allan couldn’t wrap his mind around that kind of grace.

When Allan was forty-six years old, his life took several hairpin troublesome turns. Because of a business deal gone terribly wrong, he was sued for breach of contract and breaking a no compete clause with a former employer.

Allan teetered on the brink of a nervous breakdown. From man’s perspective, it appeared he was on the verge of losing it all. From God’s perspective, Allan was right where he needed to be.

One day, in a surge of panic, Allan drove from North Carolina to Pennsylvania to try and find his wife at a meeting she was attending. When he couldn’t find her, he stopped by a church and asked for prayer. The church receptionist drew Allan a map on a piece of scrap paper and sent him to find a pastor out in the woods building his new church.

Allan followed the map and found a man with a hammer in his hand and Jesus in his heart. He poured out his heart and told the pastor everything he had ever done in his raucous life. Then the man put his arm around Allan and said, “Now, let me tell you what I’ve done.”

The way Allan later explained what happened that day was this: “That man had done everything I had done. I knew that if God could forgive him and he could be a pastor, then He could forgive me too.”

Allan accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that day in the woods of Pennsylvania, and became one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known.

Allan was my dad.

From my earliest years as a Christian, I experienced the power of prayer to change a man’s life—to strengthen a man’s resolve, to protect a man’s heart, and to mature a man’s faith. My firsthand encounter with God’s faithfulness to hear our pleas for the men in our lives began with my father and continues with my husband and son.

As a wife, you have the power to open the floodgates of heaven through prayer on your husband’s behalf. (If you aren’t married, keep reading. There’s an assignment for you too.) Whether your husband hasn’t yet decided to follow Christ, has a lukewarm fledgling faith, or lives a fiery firm faith, there is no one more qualified to pray for his relationship with Christ than you. No matter where your husband is on the continuum of faithlessness to faithfulness, I encourage you to pray with “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NASB).

In my book, Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe, I show wives how to cover their husband’s in Scriptural prayer from top to bottom. If you’re not married, you can use this same pattern for praying for the important men in your life. Today, let’s pray for the mid-section.

Dear Lord, I pray for ________________.

His Shoulders – No matter what my husband goes through today, assure him that nothing is too hard for You. Empower him to cut the cords of worry with the saber of praise and to place his burdens on Your able shoulders. Genesis 18:14; Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 9:10.

His Heart – Place a hedge of protection around his heart to keep corruption out and purity in. Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 17:20; Proverbs 17:22.

His Back – Protect him in the physical and spiritual realms. Keep him from the devil’s schemes that would attempt to trap him or trip him up. Thank you that no weapon formed against him will stand. John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:10-18.

His Arms – Help my husband be strong and courageous in Your mighty power. Bolster his courage when he is afraid and reassure him when he doubts. Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 30:15.

His Hands – Bless the work of my husband’s hands. Reward his efforts and bring him success. Deuteronomy 33;11; Deuteronomy 28:12-13.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Ponder this verse today– James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

What is your most pressing prayer for your marriage or the man in your life?

Leave a comment with your prayer request and then pray for the woman’s name under yours. You don’t need to share a lot of details. God’s got them all!

More From the Girlfriends

Do you want to learn more about how to pray Scripturally and Powerfully for your husband? Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe will show you how! Also, I’m offering a Valentine’s Day Marriage Bundle with discounts on some of my favorite books. Let’s make 2020 a year to strengthen our marriages and pray for our men.

49 Responses to “How Prayer Can Change a Man’s Heart”

  1. Bernadette says:

    I am divorced 9 years now and it still hurts. I still love my ex husband very much and don’t know how to get over him. I am upset that I still feel this way. No one knows how I truly feel.

    We have two children together so I have to interact with him often. How do I move on from this? Is it normal to still feel this way about him?

    My prayer is that one day I married again.

  2. Ann says:

    Prayer for my sister Grace’s marriage,prayer for my dad stephen,prayer for my son Leon

  3. Shelly Burns says:

    I want our intimacy back. We are both so tired on the weekends (the only time my husband is home). I love him tremendously but he has so much anger when he’s home,that it’s hard to want to be intimate.

  4. Annette says:

    TheI am not married. The man in my life is my son. He was in an accident years ago and from the injury became addicted to the pain meds the doctors prescribed. He is taking a treatment drug but finds that it too is addictive. He wants so desperately to be free of the addiction. My prayer is that 2020 will be the year that he is delivered from this addition. Thank you Igor your prayers.

  5. Mary says:

    My husband started a business. His priorities are all messed up. He spends little time with our 4 children. Work is his main focus. He does not enjoy his job and is resentful of me because I am home with our children. He has a inappropriate friendship with one of his younger workers. He is keeping things from me. He went from wanting to be a decon to this. Please pray God with soften his heart and repent.

  6. Rebekah says:

    I am divorced for 2 years now (9 years of
    marriage). I still struggle with guilt feeling like much of my marriage not working out was my fault. And to make matters more interesting, I got into a serious relationship very quickly after the separation. I love my boyfriend. We live together. He has two kids and I have a daughter. With that said, he will not go to church with me regularly and has crazy work hours. I’ve developed insomnia and am sleeping very little. I am a teachers day mom so spend my days pretending everything is okay but on the inside, war is waging and I am a mess.

  7. Nikki says:

    Jesus,

    Please give Chance the intimate RELATIONSHIP with you that he so deeply deserves. I know he loves you and believes in you but he just doesnt know the best part, having you there every second of every day to lean on.

    Father, I love you and thank you for everything.

    In hope and faith,
    Nikki

  8. Michelle says:

    This was in God’s timing I received this GiG devotional for me.I really needed this today . It is not coincidence 🙏
    We are financially struggling and my husband needs prayer to see it and we need more communication between us!
    I realize I can’t change him or it but God can! Please pray for him to have his eyes and heart softened and to understand how the financial stuff in our marriage is taking a toll , so we can work together for the first time . We have been married 25 yrs. it is worth it❤️ Thanks!
    Michelle 🦋

  9. Tabitha says:

    My husband has struggled with his faith walk for a very long time. It is a battle. Sometimes I wonder if he is truly saved. Our children are pretty much grown and he has yet to be the spiritual leader of the home. It has been hard on me. Also please pray for our intamicy. I am so broken and have so much baggage. It has been a battle for me for so long. I just want it to be what God has intended.

  10. Sonda says:

    My fiance is a new Christian and is prone to selfishness, immaturity, and anger.

  11. Kelly says:

    Please pray for my husband and me! We are coming up on our first year anniversary .I pray that my husband will put God first in his life again so the both of us can put the Lord first in our marriage.So we can have a healthy long lasting marriage.I Just feel like lately our marriage has took a back seat somehow.

  12. STEPHANIE says:

    Pray my husband finds a job that pleases both God and my husband. Pray for my marriage. Thank you.

  13. Anne says:

    Separated from my husband for 14 months. We have a 3 yo. I’ve grown/matured and learned a lot. In ready to reconcile but he’s hesitant. And to me he hasn’t grown. I love him so much and want us to reconcile. Trust us a big issue. But I trust that if god wants us together we will be. Please pray that god lets me know what to do: be patient; fight for my marriage or divorce.

  14. Mina says:

    I pray that my husband in this new journey, finds happiness and success, but keeps God in the center of everything. I pray for all the women here that you hear their prayers and I ask the Holy Spirit to intercede in each prayer for each of our husbands. May each be blessed with Gods great power and love. We know you are greater than the enemy and your grace is wider than any ocean. I love you Lord and know you hear all your children’s cries for help. May you hear these today. In Jesus name,
    Amen

  15. Holly says:

    My husband has been trying so hard to provide for our family but business has been extremely slow for him. I am a stay at home mom and although I’m trying to find employment it has been less than easy. He has been trying to find a job for over two years and has come close several times but it never seems to work out. He is beginning to lose his faith and feels as if God is nowhere to be seen. We have no money coming in and we are both scared. We have often turned this fear into anger against God and each other. We are trying so hard to remain faithful but desperately need for God to intervene on our behalf. Please pray for a job for my husband. One that he would love and would provide financially for our family. We need that to happen fast. Please also pray that we would not take our emotions out on each other during this difficult time, but instead use it as an opportunity to really turn to the Lord and pray for each other. Thank you so much.

  16. CJ says:

    Please pray for my husband and son today. They are both seeking employment to better our lives. My husband actually has an interview morning. Also that God would chisel away at the facade and allow them to let him into their hearts.

  17. Cindy says:

    My husband Jason does not know Jesus as his Savior. I pray for his salvation.

  18. Mia says:

    Please pray for my friend Donell, he has drifted away from God, the things of the world, and the flesh seems more important to him than his relationship with God, please pray for his heart to soften, and his relationship with God to be restored even better that it was before, pray that God’s will be done in his life, I truly love this man,pray for him that God move in his heard and purify it. Thank you

  19. Shirley says:

    I prayed today for all men in my life, my husband who know Jesus, but like me fell away. And my Son’s as I feel had I continue on the road of faith, they too might still be following that road.
    And I thank you for what you all do. I is the best way to start my day in God’s word.

  20. Sandra says:

    Prayer for Burnedette, Shelly, Mary above: and me:
    Thank you Jesus for hearing our prayers. We praise you for opening our husband’s hearts, so they are willing and ready to truly be guided by you and strongholds disappear. May we current and former wives keep shining your spirit that is a bright beacon of light that draws our husbands to us, Your spirit in in us keeps our union to our husbands and our families resolved and blessed with your promises. We are worthy and deserving of the God created man we married and whole heartedly believe the only way to our husbands heart is looking to you. Whatever the situation is today, we know it all can transform by your truth.
    In Jesus’ name. Amen

  21. Erin says:

    I pray for my wonderful husband, that he a finds a job that allows more of a family balance. I ask that you bless him and protect him. Reveal your power and presence to him, draw here as He draws here to you. In Jesus’s name Amen!

  22. Debbie says:

    I would like prayers for my husband that he will open his heart to Jesus & come to know Him as his Lord & Savior

  23. Jennifer says:

    My husband believes in God, but does not share in worship with me. I pray that God softens his heart so that he can share the beautiful grace and peace that I have found in the arms of the Holy Spirit.

  24. Jennifer says:

    Debbie,

    I pray that your husband accepts Jesus fully into his heart and embraces Him as his Lord and Savior!

    In Jesus’ most precious name.

    Amen!

  25. Joann says:

    I pray for a restored marriage. The man I married sees the truth of love.

  26. Patti says:

    I pray for our marriage that forgiveness, resentment and and any other negative feeling be broken and freed in the Name of Jesus. I pray my husband Jason could open his mind and heart fully to loving me and our marriage with no boundaries. I pray that my husband would find happiness and joy in me and the time we have together. I pray my husband would be led by The Holy Spirit as he goes about his days. He works long days everyday and is always tired. I pray God Blesses my husbands hard work and determination to get us out of debt. I also pray the Lord would make me the wife my husband needs during this season of his life. I pray a renewing of my marriage in Jesus Name
    Amen

  27. Angela says:

    Please pray for my husband physically and spiritualy. He is in pain every day due to multiple back surgeries and is on disability. He struggles greatly with this physically and emotionally. Also for my son who is dealing with addiction.

  28. Mary says:

    I have been seeing a wonderful man for a few months. He grew up having to fend for himself and did some horrible things – while he no longer does horrible things he feels no remorse for the people he hurt because of his actions. While he has been beyond loving to me and my children I am very troubled by his inability to understand the consequences of his actions and I’m questioning his overall character. I cannot solve this on my own . I need God’s help

  29. Steph says:

    I ask for prayer for my Fiancé Matt. May he continue to have a desire to know the Lord and accept Christ as his savior.

  30. Carrie says:

    I pray that my husband will be the spiritual leader of our family and will be a strong spiritual mentor to our two grandsons. In Jesus name.

  31. Lynn says:

    Pray for husband Anthony he does know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Pray that the Lord will open and turn his heart towards him and save him. And deliver him from addiction, low self esteem, mental issues, abusive behavior. And the God will restore love,respect, appreciation, and intimacy back to the marriage. And destroy all abuse and evil destructive ways in Jesus name.

  32. Tonya says:

    I pray that the Lord will restore my marriage. We have been separated a little over a month now and we are both struggling.

  33. Deb says:

    None of the men in my life are saved. My sons, my nephews, my sons in law or my husband. Satan has a grip on all of them in some form or fashion. I pray for all of them to have their hearts soften and to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus, for being bigger than all of us!

  34. Jazzmyn says:

    Pelase pray for my husband Andrew. Pray that he would come to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. My prayer for him is that he would be fully delivered from drugs and look to Christ as his savior. I’m praying for complete restoration for our marriage and that he would find a full time job that could eventually turn into a career that he enjoys. Please pray that he would set a good Godly example for our boys Andrew and Aaron.

  35. Morika says:

    The devotion today means so much. I have been praying for my husband to saved. He’s 61 and I’m 46, we will be married 5 years in August. We come from different backgrounds of faith. He doesn’t understand what a Christian really is because he’s an ex JW. A year ago he was diagnosed with stage 3 and 4 Prostate cancer. This has really tested our marriage. But I’m more inlove with him even more. We both were married before and I waited 14 years because I wanted someone that would love my kids as well. I want prayer for faith to come together in one accord, to pray together and worship together.

  36. Melissa says:

    Please pray for my boyfriend Dan. He is being crushed by his job and boss. He is overwhelmed with a anxiety. The stress is consuming him.

  37. Carol says:

    Prayer for my husband, and my brother. Both, know “the way” but think, that “they got this” thing called life.
    I just keep thinking of the verse, “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.
    I know God probably gets tired of me asking for the same old prayer….both have health issues,too.
    I want my faith to grow stronger and I pray that I’ll be able to stand in for them both, as a prayer “warrior”. I just need some spiritual support.

  38. Lynn says:

    Pray for God to bless our home with a Godly husband and mend all family relationships and use this painful season for HIS glory!

  39. Mareike says:

    Please pray for a godly husband for me and for strength and faith in God in this process. I don’t have a husband yet, I am 37 years old. There is a good friend that I have, but not sure if we are more than friends. Thank you. God bless.

  40. Bindu says:

    Has been praying for my husband to stop alcohol and be born again

  41. Janice says:

    My prayer for my husband is that he will come to have a deep relationship with God and become the Godly man, father and husband God made him to be. I pray for God to bless our marriage and strengthen it every day.

  42. Debbie says:

    Please pray for husband to gond is fsith again

  43. abby says:

    praying for my hubby that he can be closer to God. He has had a lot of bad stuff happen in his life….. that needs to be more positive. also that we are foster parents and to be placed with a kiddo (s) that could possibly lead to adopt (7 months that last had kiddos).

  44. Lana says:

    Pray for my son that strongholds will be broken regarding addictions and Satan‘s deception‘s. He will have knowledge, and grasp the blessed life that God has for him. That he will stop avoiding and start living in the light and love of God, And share his love with others.

    Pray for my new husband as he transitions to a job where we can share the same home, as we have been living an hour away. Pray for his children as he moves closer to me he moves further away from them. Pray for our combined family, and all will be blessed with this union as we allow God to lead us. I pray for Knowledge and wisdom to know God’s ways and walk in his path.

  45. Carla says:

    Please pray that my marriage would be healed, restored and reconciled speedily. God is faithful.

  46. Charyl says:

    I am weary, I have been praying for my husband for over 10 years to be free of drugs and alcohol and nothing has changed. We have now been separated for 2 years and that didn’t motivate home to change either.

  47. Tonya says:

    Lord almighty, creator of heaven and earth: you know these prayers of all the women who posted here. Charyl needs you to show up and show out! Break the chains of addiction and give her husband a new life! Father God, we know you are here with us, we just are weak. We stumble, we need your wonderful grace and love to help each of us GIG be the women you’ve called us to be. Help us Lord. Today, I pray for my husband’s internal anger. He is quick tempered and I seem to be the person who catches all the built up anger. Help him to know that I am his wife, his friend, his partner. Thank you Lord for knowing each and every one of us, continue to bless us with your presence in our daily lives. In your precious son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

  48. Pamela says:

    I ask for your prayers for my family. My family is falling apart my oldest son is involved in drug related activities, he has strayed from God’s will in his life. He has also made drugs available to my husband and daughter. Husband is an ex drug dealer but has turned his life around. My husband using has set the example for our daughter thats its ok. Almost lost my son a year ago in a drug related shooting. I pray that God helps restore my marriage and remind my children that God should be first and foremost in their lives.

  49. Ashley says:

    Dear lord I pray to you today to watch over Pamela and her family. Please help guide her son to the righteous path lord. Please protect her son lord as he struggles through this. Lord please put a shield over her family and protect them from any harm that may come their way. Lord please find a way to come into all of their hearts: son, daughter and husband/father. Help them lord for they need you at this moment. Abolish any drugs or drug related activity, Show them the way to you lord.

    Today I come here to ask for prayer for my marriage. Newly wed as of 7 months ago i found out my husband has not been faithful. I am breaking and shattering every day. I pray every waking moment I can for restoration in my marriage. We have a meeting with a counselor in October I pray this will help save our marriage and one day put us on the right path to have a family. I pray my husband finds the lord in his heart, let’s out all of the demons and anger that has been controlling his body and mind. Please help me pray for restoration in my marriage, I know my husband needs help now more than ever as do I need strength and forgiveness to move forward and forgive. Thank you in Jesus name Amen!

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