So here's a tough question. When was the last time you prayed for your wife? No, not that prayer that asks God to change your wife. A prayer FOR your wife?
I think if we were to be honest with ourselves, we might say that we aren't very good at praying for our wives. I don't know if it's a man thing, or just that we're not tuned into the idea of daily praying for our wives, but our prayer is lacking.
Amy and I have been married for 21 years. I have prayed for my wife many times through the years. Some seasons have been more consistent than others. And the reason for my prayers have varied. But unlike the seasons before, there is a new burden for prayer on her life.
This current season of ministry and life has come with a number of significant life-milestones; major changes and transitions for us as a couple and for our family. These milestones are causing us to rely on God in new ways. Being a wife and a mother, is a tough job, but more than just a job, it's a calling. And like any other call, God must be present and involved. On top of her calling, she has also had to return to work, way sooner than we expected. She has spent the last year working 6 part-time jobs so that we are able to make ends meet. This time has put considerable pressure on our marriage and our family, while slowly eating away at what we both believe is her first calling.
Being a wife and a mother is a tough job, but more than just a job, it's a calling. And like any other call, God must be present and involved.
Now, maybe more than ever, my wife needs me to be praying for her. So I pray.
I want God to move in big ways in her life. I want her to know His love for her. I want her to be filled with the confidence of knowing that she is fully capable of accomplishing all that He has led her to. And I want her to rest in the assurance of God's amazing grace. I want her to once again be able to fulfill her true calling as a wife and a mother. I want her to know that I support her, treasure her, and will do anything for her. I want my wife to be able to do what she feels called to do, and know the great joy that comes when you know and live out your purpose.
So I pray. And I will continue to pray. And I will ask God to open the doors to opportunities so that she can fulfill her calling, that she will rest in God's perfect plan and that she will know that she is deeply loved.
So when was the last time you prayed FOR your wife?
Why not take a few minutes to pray for her right now. Pray for the things that you know matter to her; the things that she is praying for. By doing so, you take another step forward in deepening and enriching the intimacy of your relationship as husband and wife.
- the higham family
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