Monday, September 26, 2011

Prayer For My Husband

I love reading. Sometimes I get a little distracted with life and get out of the habit, but I really do enjoy spending some of my time to myself reading a good book. One book that I have gone back to time and time again is called Power of a Praying Wife. I absolutely believe in the power of prayer, and have seen it change lives. My own being one of them.

Today I decided to skip to the chapter on praying for your husband's work. This is surely something most of us wives, girlfriends, mothers, fiancee's {am I spelling that right?} can relate to. As my husband's best friend, I want to be his greatest encourager and supporter. Sometimes finding the right words in times of stress are not possible and I turn to the Lord for help.

We own our own small auto repair business. It has been in the family for almost three decades. We have been blessed with amazing customers and friends and the business has done well for many years despite the changes in the economy. God is good. But along with all the perks of running your own business, there are many stresses that also come along with the territory. I won't bother boring you with them all, but let me just tell you, they are very real.

Today in my quiet time as the kids happened to be resting at the same time. I say resting because my three year old has been on nap refusal for the last week... but mainly due to the most annoying cough that I have caught as well. No fun! But, I did get some quiet time in and went back to this book that I haven't opened in quite some time. At the end of the chapter on praying for his work, there is a prayer and this is what I read:

Lord, I pray that You would bless the work of my husband's hands. May his labor bring not only favor, success, and prosperity, but great fulfillment as well. If the work he is doing is not in line with Your perfect will for his life, reveal it to him. Show him what he should do differently and guide him down the right path. Help him to excel, but free him from the pressure to do so. 

I pray that You will be Lord over his work, and may he bring You into every aspect of it. Give him enough confidence in the gifts You've placed in him to be able to seek, find, and do good work. Open up doors of opportunity for him that no man can close. Develop his skills so that they grow more valuable with each passing year. Show me what I can do to encourage him. 

I pray that his work will be established, secure, successful, satisfying, and financially rewarding. May he not be "lagging in diligence, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11). Let him be like a tree planted by the stream of Your living water, which brings forth fruit in due season. May he never wither under pressure, but grow strong and prosper (Psalm 1:3). 

I texted this entire prayer to him and let him know I would continue to pray this prayer for him. It was exactly what he needed to hear. ♥

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8.

10 comments:

  1. OMG This is next on our reading list at our momma bible study at Emmanuel Faith! Too funny! Can't Wait!! XOXO!!

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  2. Hi! Just found your blog. I began this devotional back in January, and I never finished it. I may have to pick it up and try again!

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  3. For some reason, I've never really thought about praying for my husband's work. I really should do that. Thanks for this "duh" moment!

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  4. Marissa & Laura you will love it! If you are like me, it won't be one you read just once. ♥

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  5. My Songbook.. thank you for the post! I love when we can be an encouragement to each other. Even people we have never met! Start praying for your hubby at work today and look back in 6 months and see if you can see God's work. xo ♥

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  6. Such a wonderful book! I need to read that again, since we might be going through "job" changes soon ... Thanks for the sweet reminder! Love you!

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  7. read that book a few months ago. what a blessing! your blog title caught my eye and i'm so glad i clicked on it. you are beautiful and so is what your blog is about. happy to be following!

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  8. Ashley! Thank you for your sweet words! I'm thrilled to have you as a follower! I never knew when I started this journey where it would take me, but I love how we can meet so many amazing people by sharing our stories.. one post at a time! ♥

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  9. Heather! thank you for the comment you left on my blog the other day! i love the verse be still also. amazing! thanks for saying hi!

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  10. Wynne! I already passed your blog along! ♥

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