"I think many women are seriously stuck in a prayer rut because we are waiting for our husbands to take the lead. We want him to be the spiritual leader, and so we’re waiting for him to lead us in prayer. And when he doesn’t, we start getting grumpy and a little resentful. Or perhaps you just want to pray more TOGETHER, but you’re not sure how to start."I just know from reading all four of these ladies' posts from yesterday that this is going to be a wonderful series that you won't want to miss. Also, please head back over to Time-Warp Wife on Wednesday and Thursday of this week because she'll be sharing 31 Ways to Pray for Your Husband!
This Week's Challenge --
The Power of Your Prayers in Marriage
Photo CreditIt's hard to lay down what power I think I have or feel, not to mention control, and choose to rely on God's power to transform me, my husband, our marriage, and even our circumstances. There is power when we long harder after doing right than being right. And it's just plain hard to not desire to be right in my marriage. Can I get a shout? I know, right? Seriously.Prayer for our marriages opens the door for God's power to come into them, my friends, and bless them with His greatest blessings and Truth!Prayer over our children is quite a bit different than praying over our husband, isn't it? How is it? One word: Authority. We have been given authority over our children by God, but we do not have authority over our husbands. So where do we stand then?Matthew 19:5 says, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly (joined inseparably) to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." (AMP)God has joined us in covenant! We are one. We are a team. We are one unit. We are unified in Spirit. This oneness gives us amazing power! In the Spirit. In prayer. In the physical.
The thing is, the enemy doesn't like this. And understandably so! That's why he desires and plans to weaken our marriages. We know that the enemy is at work for a negative effect in our lives, and therefore our marriages."Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour." (1 Peter 5:8 AMP)This is where we have been given authority!! God has given us authority in Jesus' name to stand against the enemy's plans, effects, and negative influences (like weariness, walls, confusion, miscommunication, wrong attitudes, bad choices, even erosion of what God has built - just to name a few, as mentioned in The Power Of A Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian).Luke 10:19 says, "Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you." (AMP)We can stand in the gap between the enemy and our marriages and say, "ENOUGH!" I Jesus' name I will not allow this to destroy my marriage / I will not tolerate hurt and unforgiveness to build a wall between us / lead us to divorce. We are able to submit to God what is ailing our marriages, and pray to be released from it."We have God's power on our side. We don't have to leave our marriages up to chance. We can fight for them in prayer and not give up, because as long as we are praying, there is hope. With God, nothing is ever as dead as it seems. Not even your own feelings."
-- The Power Of A Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
Is it still hard? Yes. But... God's way is worth the effort it takes us to walk in it.
"Being intentional is super hard. Then again, really loving is also super hard.
I want to do the hard things."
"Home is the tapestry I weave day in and day out.
Prayer is the loom upon which I place my thread."
-- Time-Warp Wife
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