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In today’s society we are taught that when our marriage is suffering, divorce is the solution. I am here to tell you that is a LIE straight from the deepest darkest pits of Hell. Many marriages have endured painful hardships that were meant to destroy them. Yet, through God’s tender loving mercy, grace, and forgiveness, these marriages have healed, and become stronger than ever before and are now beautiful testimonies that honor and glorify Him.
Sister, if your marriage is hurting because of “struggles, failures, sins, betrayals, hurts, wounds, disappointments and crushing defeats”, don’t lose heart. Our gracious Heavenly Father is still in the business of redemption and restoration. Continue reading on to see what fifty years of marriages and struggle have taught Bruce and his wife about how to pray for your husband and marriage.
4 Secrets to Prayer for Husbands
By, Bruce Wilkinson
|“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’” Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)|
|Struggles, failures, sins, betrayals, hurts, wounds, disappointments and crushing defeats. Life comes packaged with all these challenges, and marriage provides the overcoming power not only to endure it all but |
How true is the quip, “Behind every successful man is an even greater woman!” Now, after almost 50 years of marriage, I’ve been asked to reveal my wife Darlene’s secrets. Not just secrets she knows, but secrets Darlene has used “on me, for me” for decades. Today’s key verse reminds us that what and who your husband becomes is massively related to the degree you’ve helped him. And wives who flourish in their role will inevitably hear this type of a statement from their husbands and children: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all’” (Proverbs 31:28-29). So … what are these “secret” ways to pray for husbands? Here are four of our favorites:
Secret #1: Appeal to God in prayer to help your husband succeed in his work.
God has wired men to achieve and labor to become successful in their work. (Of course, women desire to achieve and become successful as well, but wives have a unique role in helping their husbands!) Learn his biggest breakthrough, what he hopes to achieve in his current work, and what he’s looking to achieve in his next career move. Anyone can pray a general prayer, but you have the heart to really uncover what would make him dance and shout for joy.
Secret #2: Appeal to God to help your husband overcome his problems.
If your husband isn’t facing at least one problem that might discourage him, then wait until tomorrow! Whether it’s a difficult boss, a lack of money, the temptation to sin or a struggle with discouragement, just imagine how your husband will feel when he discovers you care so much that you’ll help shoulder the weight with him.
Secret #3: Appeal to God to transform your husband into the image of Christ.
This is the most powerful type of praying. Instead of nagging, ask God to do the very thing He wants — to transform your husband more and more to be like Jesus in his character and conduct. Choose one character quality (such as patience, love or kindness) that you know your husband wishes he had more of … and make that your primary prayer focus.
Secret #4: Appeal to God to draw your husband into a closer relationship with Christ.
Ultimately when this happens, God’s Spirit will empower your husband in every area of his life. Ask God to draw your husband into repentance so that he can experience the incredible grace, mercy
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
~Philippians 4:6~ ESV
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