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Today’s Truth

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power…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 realm.”

(Ephesians 6:10-12 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.

Friend to Friend

I can still remember being sequestered in the “Bride’s Room” of our church just moments before the organist began to play for the early arrivals. As I sat in front of an oversized gilded mirror trying not to wrinkle my dress, I daydreamed about the man who would become my husband in just a few moments. He was everything I had ever hoped for: handsome, smart, ambitious, and strong. And most important, he loved Jesus.

Yes, this was a good day.

As I stared at my reflection, an unwelcome thought popped in my mind. Doesn’t every woman feel this joy on her wedding day? What could go so terribly wrong that such a high percentage of marriages end in divorce? Am I fooling myself? Am I that much different from the thousands who have walked the aisle before me?

I decided right then and there that I would do everything in my power to make my marriage a success. It didn’t take long for me to discover that the words “in my power” were a problem. “My power” was not enough. Marriage was hard.

Fairy tales end with the words, “And they lived happily ever after.” But if we could see the Epilogue to those rides off into the sunset, we’d most likely find daily struggles, potentially divisive decisions, and angry arguments sprinkled throughout. Fairy tales stop short of telling us about tension over whose turn it is to wash the dishes, pay the bills, or put the kids to bed. They leave out the part about stress over holidays with in-laws, frequency of sex, and who gets to spend what when. We naively repeat the words, “for better or for worse,” and then are shocked when the first hint of “worse” rears its ugly head.

If you’ve been married for more than a few days, then you’ve most likely figured out that the blessed union doesn’t stay so blessed without a lot of work. And I dare say, the most important “work” we can do as wives is on our knees. Only God can truly protect our marriages and our men. And He invites us to participate in the unleashing of His power by praying for our husbands and turning the key to the storehouse of heaven’s door for blessings outpoured.

We’ve got to remember: the real struggle in marriage is a spiritual one. Our husbands are not the enemy; the devil is (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

Paul urged believers to enter into spiritual battle armed and ready with the Word of God. He wrote: “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…Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:12,17 NIV)

Through prayer, the enemy’s plans are intercepted; the principalities and authorities are defeated. Through prayer, the power and provision of God flows into the lives of His people.

I had to learn that prayer is not a means of gaining control over my husband, to whip him into shape and make him the man I wanted him to be. Prayer is a means of relinquishing control of my husband and asking God to shape him into the man that He wants him to be.

Regardless of where your man or your marriage falls on the continuum of terrific to tolerable to terrible, there is always room for improvement. Prayer can make a bad marriage good, and a good marriage great.

There’s no better way to pray for someone than praying Scripture. We’ll use the following as our closing prayer for today. While I love to pray for my husband from head to toe, today we’ll just focus on our husbands’ head.

Dear Lord, I pray for __________.

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. (Psalm 19:14)

His Neck – That the decisions that turn his head will honor You in all regards. (Psalm 25:12)

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Ponder this verse today: James 5:16 “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” (AMP)

What is one area of your marriage that you feel could be better?

If you’re feeling brave, leave your prayer request, in just a few words, and then pray for the name above yours. I will pray for the first responder. (To honor your man, please don’t leave a lot of details. God knows all about it!)

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.

34 Responses to “Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe”

  1. Mary says:

    Dear Lord, help me to redevelop that servants heart that I once had for my man. Renew my commitment to listen expectantly to his words. I admit that many years of raising children while working full time has dulled my ability to connect with my husband in meaningful ways. Allow me to be the wife he needs me to be in this empty nest season. In Jesus name.

  2. Sonda says:

    Please pray for him to mature and not be so angry.

  3. Madessa says:

    Praying for my husbands selfish pride, and to open his eyes to his need for Jesus and the Love he has for him.

  4. Angie says:

    Please pray for our separation to be healed and for us to be healed as individuals.

  5. Mellisa says:

    Prayer for me to regain energy, excitement and desire for intimacy in my 6year marriage.

  6. Jami says:

    Asking for prayer for my husband who is battling depression

  7. Angela says:

    Please pray for more intimacy. With my husbands disability it is hard to have any kind of intimacy at all. I pray that God will show us ways to draw closer to HIM and each other.

  8. Kristina says:

    Please pray that my husband sees the truth of the gospel and becomes saved and that our relationship will have God in the mists of it.

  9. Susan says:

    I pray for God to help me to love my husband through the irritating things he does…that God will change MY attitude towards the wonderful man I’ve been married to for almost 36 years,

  10. Phillip says:

    I love him with all I have, he complains constantly about everything, I pray for his mouth to shut up but it’s not working!

  11. Debbie says:

    Please pray for for my husband. He strayed from God and our marriage. He’s a good man. A terrible thing happened at work 5 years ago and it was like he never returned. He’s a totally different man. Im trying to save our marriage. I pray that God will wake him up and see the wonderful life he has in front of him.

  12. Teri says:

    Please pray for my husband and I – we are struggling in our marriage.

  13. Lexi says:

    That I would tear down walls around my heart built through his infidelities and fall back in love now that he is trying to be a better husband and friend

  14. abby says:

    that I can be a better communicator to him and also that God knows the desires of our hearts. Ito be placed with a kiddo(s).

  15. Liz says:

    Praying for my husband that God can soften his heart about always having to be right even when it means causing arguments and disagreements with others.

  16. Pam says:

    Praying for my Husband, he has so many good qualities that I keep my focus on these and not his negative qualities.

  17. Shirley Butler says:

    I pray he finally becomes the man and leader God desire and he desires to become.

  18. Valori says:

    Praying for my husband to desire to work on making a connection with one another again.

  19. Lupe says:

    Lord help my husband find you and the peace that comes by having you actively in his life.

  20. J says:

    Dear Lord, Thank you for our marriage. Please protect and help it to always be what You want it to be. Help us both love each other second only to You. Please help our friends fall in love again. Change his heart and help him give control to you. Heal her heart and hurts, and help her put her hope in what You can do when they serve You together. In Jesus name, Amen.

  21. TANIA says:

    Currently going thru divorce and not that God didnt help our marriage but that we were not patient and gave up trying harder to really serve and love. I still love him and my new hope is our friendship and communication restored.

  22. Angela says:

    I pray for my husband to trust fully in God when it comes to our finances. I know his role as the man of the house is to provide, may he be reminded that God is the truest and first provider for all of us.

  23. Jean says:

    Pray for my husband to be the best father to our children. To open his heart to Gods love and his ways. To guide his heart and his words, to be gentle. To bless our marriage and commitment to each other.

  24. Payrivia says:

    Praying for my husband to give his life to Christ. We have a beautiful marriage but I have what is said by doctors to be, incurable cancer. I long for my husband to love and honor Christ as his personal Savior so that when I pass he has the comfort of Christ can
    see the beauty in passing from this world and truly know that we will be together again.

  25. Laura says:

    Pray that my husband would have the mind of Christ and that the Holy Spirit would relieve him of his anxiety and fears…

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Pray for my husband to turn back to God, anger management, drinking to much.

  27. Karen says:

    Praying for my husband exactly the way it was prayed into today’s lesson. He is a believer praise God we have been married for 43 years. Praying God helps him and I to not have pride and to love each other the way God wants us to and not to argue or fret over little things. Neither one of us should want to live out the rest of our lives arguing and being angry with each other. Thank you for praying for ai know God hears our prayers.

  28. Karen says:

    Heavenly Father please Please be with Laura’s husband and help him to have the mind of Christ be with their marriage in Jesus name we pray amen

  29. Christine says:

    Pray for my husband to grow in Christ. To trust God for our finances and not to be bitter against family members. Pray for me to love my husband as I should and respect him.

  30. Missy says:

    Dear God, please give my husband good health and the strength to get through all of the problems going on with our family. Please keep him healthy and safe and give him peace and happiness.

  31. Jennie says:

    God, I pray for Karen’s husband right now. Please give him a spirit of peace, joy, gentleness, forgiveness, self-control, kindness and love. Let him reflect on his 43 years of marriage. Let him see YOU through the story of their life. Let him be reminded of when he gave his life to you. Ignite that kind of love in their marriage right now Lord. Let the bitterness, unforgiveness, selfishness, and the I, I, I, mentality melt away and let every crack and crevis be filled with YOU, YOU, YOU. Let the Holy Spirit be awakened within him. Bless them with many more years of health and happiness. It’s in your precious name, Jesus, I pray. AMEN!!!

  32. Jennie says:

    Please pray for my husband. God, you know our struggles. You know his heart and intentions. Please come alongside us and guide him to be the best version of all that you created him to be. Thank you!
    AMEN!!

  33. Christine says:

    I pray my husband would put God first in His heart. I pray my husband would grow in His role as the spiritual leader of our family. I pray my husband would bring his concerns to God instead of complaining and holding onto bitterness and resentment. I pray my husband would have a spirit of gratitude and peace.

  34. Eseoghene says:

    I pray for my husband to have the spirit of true love for Christ and for me. That he should let his pride and ego go and know that God his the only one that gives. I pray that God bless our marriage, and commitment to one another.

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