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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

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.

Lets Pray

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

As a wife, you have been given the privilege of serving as a mighty prayer warrior for your husband. Yet sometimes, it’s hard to know what to pray. In Sharon’s book, Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Scriptural Guide to Daily Prayer, she maps out sixteen areas to target, from the thoughts he thinks to the path he walks. This book will equip and empower you to establish a habit of purposeful prayer in just a few minutes a day. Click over to her webpage and check out her specially priced Valentine’s Day Bundle!

 

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

  1. Ruth says:

    Please pray for Chris. I know he loves me but We need to communicate way better than we do. Its becoming a very big issue.

  2. Sharon says:

    That he keeps his hope and heart upon Jesus

  3. Laura says:

    Please pray that God will guide my husband to be a prayer warrior and strengthen him to be the head of our family in wisdom and in the ways of God. Thank you and God bless you!

  4. Carol Ann says:

    For Tom to be more of a gentleman in little matters such as not grabbing the best seat for himself. Thank you!

  5. Pamela says:

    Thank you for this message. Please pray for my husband, God knows the need. Thank you 😊

  6. Kim says:

    Please pray that I would learn more and more that i need to allow the power to be with God and not my own…that as I decrease, Christ wil increase. As my marriage teeters back and forth from tolerable to terrible I need to be more consistent to not lose hope and keep in prayer. As I pray..please lord let me see your power and your provision being poured out as I step back and watch you shape my husband into the man you created him to be…in Jesus name, amen

  7. Natasha says:

    My husband is struggling with knowing which job to take or should he stay where he is at. Both options are good options, he can’t hear God’s words. Thank you!!!

  8. Shelly says:

    Connecting with our children.

  9. Mara says:

    My prayer request for my marriage of over 30 years is that God would somehow enable it to be one where we pray together, maybe go to church together, serve others in the community, and pray over our children and grandchildren. Currently I do all these things alone, and it’s a terribly lonely path. Also a marriage where provision is made and money isn’t squandered, so that I don’t wonder where the next meal is coming from. I have no doubt that one day there will be a breakthrough, and joy will come in the morning and lift my decades long sadness.
    Thank you for praying for me. I will pray for the next person in the comments.

  10. Cindy says:

    Please pray for salvation for my husband Jason. We’ve been married almost 33 years. I was saved a year after we were married.

  11. Asashia says:

    To be intentional in our interactions despite the daily grind of work and caring for children. To be better about not being two ships passing by but to stop, recognize, affirm, and care for each other intentionally throughout the day.

  12. Annie says:

    Needed this today- thank you- my husband Richard and I are in need of prayer. God Bless you all for all you do.

  13. Stacy P. says:

    Lord, I am praying for my husbands heart and mind. Ephesians 6:10-12. You know the situation. I pray he is covered in the blood of Jesus. I give you control. You are God, I am not. We need you. In Jesus precious name, Amen

  14. Stacy says:

    Lord, I pray for my husbands heart and mind. Ephesians 6:10-12. Lord we need you. You are God and I Am not. I pray for him to be covered in the Blood Of Jesus Christ. I’m giving you control. We love you. In Jesus precious name, Amen

  15. Lynn says:

    Wise decisions, good communication between us.

  16. Patricia says:

    Today is our 37th wedding anniversary! I am still working but my husband is retired. I would like to have more fun together, to find things to do together that we both enjoy. We have both worked hard all our lives, so we have not taken time to pursue things together just for fun. We are both Christians, and my husband is actually a preacher, and was pastor for over 20 years. Thank you for praying!

  17. Dorothy says:

    Husband and I to learn to love in presence of differences and surrender to the will of God in our daily undertakings. Thanks

  18. Sonda says:

    My other half, Scott, to give his life to Christ and become the spiritual leader of our home.

  19. Deedee says:

    Please pray for my husband’s strength. He worries over his family’s finances and future. He’s a good man who is working so hard with hopes of a brighter future for our children.

  20. Wendy says:

    Prayers for my husband Tony. That God continue to strengthen, bless and protect him. Thank you!

  21. Tonia says:

    Need prayer that my husband and I will do more things together as a couple and join church together. Thank you!

  22. Elaine says:

    For Steven that he learn to see the glass half full- see all the blessings we have been given not the ones he believes we “need”.

  23. Emily says:

    Please pray for us and my marriage and for us to be reconciled. Evil found a way in and I have been praying for my husband my marriage and my family. We need you Lord. Cover us all in the blood of Jesus amen

  24. Elizabeth says:

    For Mark, that he will find healing for early life hurts and that he can become emotionally available to the family. That he will become the spiritual leader in our marriage.

  25. Latrice says:

    Please pray for my husband Ralph, that he would be restored to his rightful relationship with the Lord. That he would return home in more ways then one.

  26. Jamie says:

    Please pray my husband turn his life over to God,get on a job and provide for his family.Be delivered from drugs and stop been abusive.

  27. Carola says:

    Orar porque mi esposo Eduardo . Sea firme en ser de cristiano.que el mundo no lo convierta A él. El convierta al mundo a Cristo.

    Amén.

  28. Missy says:

    May GOD protect and Bless all the husband’s and important men in our lives, from the top of their heads to the soul of their feet.
    Please pray for the Man in my life that GOD has recently placed, after 3 1/2 years divorced. This has been a struggle to accept because of a failed marriage. Pray GOD orders Chris J. steps. Amen

  29. Charlene says:

    Please pray for healing for my husband. He is a veteran with a condition that has been undiagnosed. He is in terrible pain throughout his stomach area all the time. Every test they run comes back normal. Even a week at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found nothing. It is destroying our lives as he barely wants to leave the house. I don’t blame him, but it makes it hard.

  30. Linda says:

    Please pray for my husband’s self-awareness to intentionally be kind and loving and to make God-loving choices. Put God first! Everything else will follow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  31. Katir says:

    Healing of health & a spirit kindness to fall upon the man I chose to love through my King.

  32. Becky says:

    Please pray for my husband, Dave, in that he prioritizes God first in his life and is motivated to become a spiritual leader in our household.

  33. Sophira says:

    Please pray for Q, my husband. He’s having issues with taking up the responsibility of being a husband: submitting to God, holding and keeping a job he might not enjoy, and being a spiritual leader in our home. I sometimes feel discouraged or angry because it seems the heavy lifting is up to me- including prayer, which I already struggle with my alone time with God. Both of us need to be surrendered and filled with God’s Spirit.

  34. Elle says:

    Pray that God will give my husband a heart that loves Him more than anything else.

  35. Jada says:

    Lord, I pray for my husband’s heart mind and soul, for he is about to leave us (our family of 7) to serve his sentencing. I pray for his protection while he is away from us, and I pray that when he comes home that he has a clear mind and at peace and strong enough to rebuild what has been broken. I pray for my best friend’s husband to help keep my friend in good spirits while she is fighting for her life. Help him Lord to understand that You will not put anything on him that he can’t handle. Show him your power God and the miracles that only you make happen. I pray for all of the husbands and husbands to be all around the world. Keep them safe and whole, order their steps Lord. Help those to see that You are the way, the only way. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.

  36. Marie says:

    My husband will stop drinking, especially stop drinking and driving. It is hard return back to Christ and not only what he told him not with Christ all over again, but he would fall in love again with me as well.

  37. Deb says:

    Please pray for Chris. He is at a crossroads in his career and needs the Lord’s guidance to make the right decision for himself and our family.

  38. Karen says:

    Please pray for my husband god knows the need! Sending prayers up for everyone.

  39. Christina says:

    Pray for Rick that he will experience total healing. Pray for intimacy in marriage.

  40. Carolyn says:

    I have been praying and crying out to our Lord and Savior, that the Holy Spirit will convict my son to be saved confessing that Jesus is His Lord and Savior. He is married and has a faithful wife and 2 beautiful children. Thank you for all that you do, and God’s Blessings to everyone.

  41. Andrea says:

    He is my high school sweetheart, we been married 35 years but jumped into family soon after the first year. Please pray that as he is thinking about retirement that we will find things that we can enjoy to do together. We love each other so we just don’t have that many things in common hobby wise .

  42. Cherie says:

    Please pray for John. That he has the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), knowing God is in control. Please pray that John recognizes God in his life and he gives his heart to Christ to become the man God intends for him to be. That John seeks God in all his decisions. Thank you!

  43. Carine says:

    Praying first that he would realize what he really needs to do & what it really means to walk with God. Praying secondly for a miracle allowing us to be intimate again someday.

  44. Nykoya says:

    May we know a deep communion with you every day. May our marriage be a place where we grow together and lean on You in every situation. Help us to grow to be more like You every day, having a unity in Spirit, being patient, humble and gentle with each other, and bearing each other’s burdens with Your love and strength. Fill our marriage with Your peace. When a struggle or strife arises, may our first response be to come to You together for help. Help us make talking about You and Your Word a priority. We ask your Spirit to help us understand Your Word and grow together in our love and service to You.

  45. Margaret says:

    Please pray for Chad my boyfriend, my love for almost 5 years. We have had many struggles including acoholism and interferance from other family and friends. We have always come through these tumultuous times but struggle with anger and relapses. Please pray for Chad to give him courage to be truthful to his family and that God comes to his mind and heart abd gives him the wisdom and courage to know that God will be with him to face these challenges and to be able to face his family with the truth and stoo the lies and be strong to confront the ultimatum he was given. I pray that I have more faith to step back and let God take control of helping Chad be the strong loving partner in life w me and to control his addictions that cause such conflick with us and his life. Thank you all for the prayers. I have paryed for you all!

  46. Debra says:

    Please pray for John that he stay the strong, healthy wonderful man he is!

  47. Jane says:

    Please pray for Jim. May the Holy Spirit speak to him so that he may know You are there.

  48. Anne says:

    My marriage needs prayers in the area of intimacy. We have a good strong marriage but it could be stronger.

  49. Girlfriend says:

    My husband needs prayer over an attack that is taking place regarding his career. Please pray for defeat over the enemy once and for all in this matter!

  50. Margaret says:

    Please pray for my husband and I who have been married for 23 years going on 24 in July. We are separated at the moment due to adultery. I know God is a miracle worker who is not through with us yet. I know that the Lord has the last word. HE is the beginning and the end of all things including this marriage. In Jesus Name! Amen

  51. Angilen says:

    Please pray for Leon,
    Since we have both retired, instead of spending this time together, we are distancing ourselves more and more. He has a daily agenda that does not include me, but often includes others.

  52. Margaret says:

    Please pray for my husband and I who have been married for 23 years going on 24 in July. We are separated at the moment due to adultery. God is a God of miracles and I believe HE is not through with us yet. HE is the beginning and end of all things including my marriage. In Jesus Name, Amen!

  53. Laurie says:

    As with Cindy above, praying for my husband’s salvation. It’s been 24 years.

  54. Dolores says:

    Please pray for Todd. Communication has been a huge problem for us. Please help him in opening his heart to our relationship. and please pray for the women above me in this blog. Thank you!

  55. Paige says:

    Please pray that Zach would become the spiritual leader of our household. Thank you!

  56. Jayne says:

    Please pray that my husband and I can discover the joys of physical intimacy.

  57. Vickie says:

    Please pray my husband of 41 years will have a true desire and will come to know Jesus personally.

  58. Vickie says:

    Please pray my husband Bob of 41 years will desire to truly want to know Jesus personally and that Jesus will make that a reality.

  59. Elyssa says:

    Praise God!!! My husband has become a man after God’s own heart.
    Please pray for his self esteem to be determined by God not by his past, especially dealing with a future career.
    Thank you!!

  60. Stephanie says:

    Please pray that my husband has that connection with the Lord again. As soon as he has that then it will all fall in place. Thank you!

  61. Kaycee says:

    My husband, Casey, works away from home most of the time. Please pray for a job where he is home more without a large cut in pay. Also for him to become the spiritual leader of our household. Thank you.

  62. Debbie says:

    Please pray for my husband to be saved

  63. Jody says:

    Prayer for financial breakthrough. A heart to trust God for tithing and not waiting to tithe until our finances are in order based on our human efforts.

  64. Brenda says:

    Please pray for Rick, great man and provider but does not seem to have a relationship with Jesus. We have major differences in our planning. I want to settle in at home and he wants to travel. I am worn out and weary of packing bags every couple weeks. This causes great strife in our relationship.

  65. Krystal says:

    Prayer for reconciliation and communication in my marriage. For my husband Jason to communicate with me. For God to bless and lead our marriage in such a way that others find hope! That God restores us as husband and wife.

  66. Dee says:

    I lift up Todd to you , open the lines ok f communication for he & Delores.

    Please pray for Ernie my faithful husband fot 37 years until i chose divorce (and hatefulness etc) over patience and love. He is still very supportive and recently broke a 5 yr relationship with a woman. Pray for God’s will in our relationship and for my patience.
    Thank you
    Amen

  67. Karen says:

    Please pray that God leads my husband’s efforts in seeking income for our family.

  68. Barbara says:

    Please pray for my dear husband Rob, the love of my life for almost 50 years who was just diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Cherish life and love with all your heart. I know I must trust in God’s plans even though I don’t understand how or why this can happen to such an extraordinarily kind soul, my dearest Rob. We appreciate your prays.

  69. Sandi says:

    I am praying for better and more communication between my husband and myself.

  70. Terry says:

    Please pray for my husband God knows the need. Thank you in advance

  71. Jannan says:

    Please pray for my loving husband of 40 years. For his continued good health, he was diagnosed with ALL (Luekemia) in 2014 & went through a bone marrow transplant, also August 2014. ❤️God has greatly blessed us!! Thank you!!

  72. Laura says:

    Heavenly Father make your presence VERY real to Barbara, Rob and those caring for him through this process. Please keep him as comfortable as possible as he goes through all the bloodwork, tests, etc..! Jehovah Rapha heal and restore him if it be your will. Give him, his beautiful wife and family the peace that passes all understanding as they go through this next chapter in life. Thank You Abba Father, You are faithful and good! We love You and thank you for loving us! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen!

  73. Iris says:

    Please pray for my husband G. That the Lord will keep him safe from innapropiate messages

  74. Jody says:

    Please pray for my husband Craig that he will rely on God for managing our finances and not rely on human efforts.

  75. Angela says:

    Please pray for my husband to know that I love and want him in every way. That God will remove any physical, phycological and medical barriers that may be causing this difficulty.

  76. Eve says:

    Prayers for my husbands infidelity issues and insecurities. Communication and accountability. He has been called by God to be a man of valor. My prayer is that he walks accordingly. In Jesus name! I stand in agreement with every prayer request written. Amen!!!

  77. Tammy says:

    Pray for Dave. First and foremost his salvation. Then that we could find a way to meet each others needs for companionship. He is struggling with stress from financial issues but doesnt know the love and guidance of God. May the evil that holds him captive be banished.

  78. Jul says:

    My future husband is sitting in a jail in Turkey. Innocent. Went there to work. Please pray for him as we hope his return will be early March. Please please pray

  79. Debie says:

    I pray a prayer card I received years ago, and I still have to lay Craig at the cross and get out of God’s way. I find myself softening when I pray for him.

  80. Elizabeth says:

    Please help me to pray by my husband to know and will love Jesus with all his heart!
    Thank you

  81. Judith says:

    Please pray that my husband and my son which is his step son will love each other.

  82. Jennifer says:

    Please pray that God help me love my husband better and criticize his actions and words less. I love Him with all my heart, but we don’t feel close these last few months and I have a feeling I am having that influence on him by being a difficult wife. I pray that God help us connect back to each other even though our every days are crazy with work and the kid’s schedules.

  83. J says:

    Please pray for Geoff and me. We desparately need God to work a miracle in our lives. Our marriage is all but over and I’m so grateful that you all are willing to pray for us. Thank you.

  84. Mary says:

    Please pray for my husband to reignite the fire he used to have for God, and to have a better relationship with his kids. And for God to remove all the chains that are holding him back to become the spiritual leader at home that God intends him to be.

  85. Jessica says:

    Please pray for my honey that God would transform us both into the couple he wants us to be with Jesus as the foundation

  86. Jenny says:

    Please pray for my husband Tony. That
    God will show him the truth in love with myself and his kids in our relationship and to become a born again Christian with an unquenchable passion for Jesus

  87. Mel says:

    Pray for my Husband’s passion to speak truth to our community/church to be spoken with grace and compassion and that he will remain humble. He is such a good man and is so in love with Jesus! I know Satan is on edge about it and our family needs God’s protection!

  88. Cassandra says:

    Please pray the lord sends me a good ,godly man with godly character.Thanks in advance for your prayers God Bless.

  89. Melanie says:

    Please pray for my husband N of almost 40 years. He is involved in a part time ministry and because of that his business is taking blows. Thank you

  90. Aiva says:

    Please pray for my husband Ivo. That he would open his heart to Jesus. That God would change his impatience and quick anger into love, patience and meekness.

  91. Ibiene says:

    Dear Lord,thank you for this opportunity to pray concerning my partner to be…while i understand what you did by bringing us together, I also ask that you keep us continually growing in love with each other and towards you. Thank you for what you are doing in our lives this minute. Dear Lord, I ask that you perfect all that concerns us IJN. Amen!

  92. Carolina says:

    For communication as we get ready to receive our first “ours” baby, to raise our tribe together in harmony. And I thank you Lord for his willingness to love me at my best and my worst

  93. Sherry says:

    Praying for my husband Jeff, Lord I pray that he will surrender his heart, his mind and his spirit to the leading of your Holy Spirit.

  94. Brenda says:

    Lord, thank you Father for my spouse and our family.
    You alone know what Bruce is struggling with and I pray and ask that Your touch on him will turn him into Your loving arms to come home to You, Lord, at last.
    Repentance, forgiveness, restitution can be Bruce’s today!
    With love- your daughter- Brenda

  95. B says:

    Please pray that my husband allow me to help him, to let me in and recognize that accepting help doesn’t make him weak, but strengthens our bond.

  96. Daqueline says:

    Pray for my husband kirk..in everything he’s going through in mind body and relationship with God.

  97. Darlene says:

    We need prayer, to be open to each other’s differences. George has threatened to leave and becoming more hostile towards the things of God. For perseverance, forgiveness, standing strong despite immense hurt, and reconciliation. That he would have a Saul/Paul moment and I guard my witness. For support during this time for both of us. Thy will be done.

  98. Barbara says:

    I am SO very grateful for everyone and I especially want to thank LAURA who said a special prayer for my husband Rob (on Feb. 13th about 11:30 AM)! I researched Jehovah Rapha and read aloud to my husband. There ARE God’s angels among us and I have no doubt Laura is one of them. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We, too, will continue to pray, not only for ourselves, but for all of God’s children. THANK YOU and God bless!

  99. Karin says:

    Prayer for softer words.

  100. Laura says:

    Please pray for my husband Keith. I recently found he has been looking at porn sites on his phone. This breaks my heart.

  101. Karen says:

    Please pray for my husband to follow through with the promises He made me a long time ago. Sometimes I feel discouraged and disappointed but I know God’s timing is best and nothing is impossible for Him. I pray any selfishness on my end goes away and for me to continue to love my husband not allow arguments to caught a drift. Thank you

  102. abby says:

    for my hubby to stay on the path of God (rededicated himself to God few weeks ago). soften his heart from his past. also to put Christian people in his life besides our church family. and our marriage to stay strong as it has always been as we are comin up on our 10 year wedding anniversary in few months.

  103. Liza says:

    Prayers for Kevin
    To let the past go and look towards our future with God at the center of our life’s.
    I’m Jesus Name Amen 🙌🏼🙌🏼
    Liza

  104. Mary says:

    Pray for my husband David, that he would realize I should be his best friend and not some other girl he has only know for 8 months. Help him to accept the fact that he is 40 and does not need to act like a 20 year old. Help him to put God first and then his family and then his work. Also, pray for him to be honest and not selfish and self-centered.

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