Friday, January 11, 2013

10 Things to Pray for My Wife via DesiringGod

Men, if most of us are honest with ourselves, we do not pray for our wives as we should but thankfully Desiring God has compiled a list to help us with that. Here is a list of 10 things to pray for your wife from Desiring God. If you would like a free print version click here.

10 Things to Pray for My Wife
  1. 1  God, be her God — her all-satisfying treasure and all. Make her jealous for your exclusive supremacy in all her affections (Psalm 73:24–25).
  2. 2  Increase her faith — give her a rock-solid confidence that your incomparable power is only always wielded for her absolute good in Christ (Romans 8:28–30).
  3. 3  Intensify her joy — a joy in you that abandons all to the riches of your grace in Jesus and that says firmly, clearly, gladly: “I’ll go anywhere and do anything if you are there” (Exodus 33:14–15).
  4. 4  Soften her heart — rescue her from cynicism and make her tender to your presence in the most complicated details and a multitude of other needs you’ve called her to meet (Hebrews 1:3).
  5. 5  Make her cherish your church — build relationships into her life that challenge and encourage her to walk in step with the truth of the gospel, and cause her to love corporate gatherings, the Lord’s Table, and the everyday life of the body (Mark 3:35).
  6. 6  Give her wisdom — make her see dimensions of reality that I would overlook and accompany her vision with a gentle, quiet spirit that feels safe and celebrated (1 Peter 3:4).
  7. 7  Sustain her health — continue to speak your gift of health and keep us from presumption; it is by blood-bought grace (Psalm 139:14).
  8. 8  Multiply her influence — encourage and deepen the impact she has on our children. Give her sweet glimpses of its fruit. Pour her out in love for our neighbors and spark creative ways to engage them for Jesus’s sake
    (John 12:24).

  9. 9  Make her hear your voice — to read the Bible and accept it as it really is, your word... your very word to her where she lives, full of grace and power and everything she needs pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
  10. 10  Overcome her with Jesus — that she is united to him, that she is a new creature in him, that she is your daughter in him. . . No longer in Adam and dead to sin; now in Christ and alive to you, forever (Romans 6:11).

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list! You can't honestly pray this without changing your focus regarding your marriage to the better. I've recently been thinking about how we tend to think about marriage in the West. The resources I find typically focus on the definition of marriage and how to treat our spouses so we get out of marriage what we each seemed designed to want out of marriage. But the "God made me this way" argument only flies as far as scripture throws it. It's the same argument that homosexuals use to justify their sin by pinning it on God.

    What I have a hard time finding in all the resources are the objectives that we should have as husbands and wives according to the Bible. If I were to ask men what their primary objective is in marriage, most would have to answer, if they were honest, "Get sex in the next day or few." Most women, if they were honest, would have to answer, "Get him to clean part of the house or take the kids off my hands today," or, "I want him just to listen to me for a change," because women know that improving a relationship by talking is more honorable, noble, and mature than just having sex.

    Well, the physical union of a husband and wife is noble enough to have an entire book of the Bible devoted (in part) to it. However, Paul instructs men primarily to love their wives as Christ loved the Church: sacrificially. The reason Christ died was to purify the Church. The reason husbands must love their wives sacrificially is to agree with God in their sanctification. How many of us as husbands make it our primary goal to observe what God is doing in our wives lives and actively pursue His best interest where our wives are concerned? Ahh, but this short list of prayer from DG can help get our minds focused on that rather than satiating our own appetites.