"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Praying Wife

This week in the Completing Him Challenge the call is to prayerfully consider our husbands.

I'm especially loving this challenge and doing it in several different ways.

It was suggested that we find and use symbols to help us remember to pray throughout the day, whatever that symbol may be.  I really liked the idea of using your wedding ring to remind you to pray for your husband.  Just think about it, how many times do you spin your ring, take it off to wash dishes, etc.?  When you touch, see or feel your wedding ring, say a prayer for the man you love.

To begin, first I  asked Ian for his specific prayer requests, to know how to pray for him better.  Second,  I compiled a list, taken from the book "The Power of a Praying Wife".  I use the list to pray scripture for Ian.  God's Word is profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).  So I love to pray His Word.  I want to share this list with you, although it is by no means exhaustive in all subjects concerning prayer for our husbands nor is it complete with all scripture reference. Just a good starting place...so pray for your husbands.

His faithHe said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."  Matthew 17:20, James 1:6-8, Romans 5:1

His workLet the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17, Psalm 1:3

His financesAnd my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19, Luke 12:29-31

His sexuality Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.9Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

His affectionsIn the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church Ephesians 5:28-29

His temptationsNo temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

His mindFor though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 2 Corinthians 3-5, Ephesians 1:17-18

His fearsThere is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 35:4

His protectionThe LORD will keep  your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8  Psalm 17:5, Proverbs 3:21-23

His trialsIn this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7, But I call to God, and the LORD will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.Psalm 55:16-18

His integritylet not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4, Proverbs 28:6

His reputationIn the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16, Matthew 7:18-19

His relationshipsBut I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you Matthew 5:44 and, God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you." 1 Corinthians 5:13

His parentingfor the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12 and, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Cross references:
His pastTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:22-23, Revelations 21:5, Isaiah 43:18-19

His marriageTwo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

His emotionsWhoever trusts in his own mind are a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Proverbs 28:26

His walkO LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; Psalm 15:1-2, Isaiah 33:15-16

His talkLet no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29, Ecclesiastes 10:12

His obedienceBut this command I gave them: 'Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.' Jeremiah 7:23, Proverbs 3:1-3

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