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How do I pray for my wife?

One of the books I picked up a few weeks ago is titled, “Water of the Word” by Andrew Case.

Mr. Case wrote this book to provide husbands a foundation to start praying for their wife.  In many cases he has taken phrases straight from the Bible and arranged them into beautiful prayers.  He considers these a good starting point for praying for your wife, from which you can move into more intimate, personal prayer.  Here’s what he has to say in the introduction:

“These prayers are also not intended to be read alone.  The the married man I commend frequent use of these prayers with his wife, praying them over her from his heart, using her name.  The should be the rule and not the exception, so that she is regularly reminded that Christ intercedes for her in like manner, that he husband loves her, and that the Word of God abounds with sanctifying power…I solemnly charge you before the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to never neglect the joy and privilege of interceding for your wife…God has shown marvelous favor to you, therefore pray for her with all your might while you live.  Show Christ to her and to the fallen world in this way.  Whatever you do for her, do not fail or forget to do the best thing.  She is a gift too wonderful for you to care for alone; Sovereign Grace must guard, guide, and govern her heart and life.”

 The image he portrays here of a man cherishing and caring for his wife in this way is not the image of a “normal” husband that is portrayed in our culture.  By that, I don’t mean that there aren’t men modeling this behavior out there, I mean that it isn’t modeled in our tv shows and movies.  We typically don’t see men caring for their wives this way and treating her like she is a “marvelous favor” from God and a “wonderful gift.”  This is just not “normal” today to think that way.  Typically “the wife” is our old ball and chain, or our “social coordinator,” or other things, but most men don’t refer to their wives this way at all.  I’ve been exposed to a couple of teachings in the last few days that have left me wondering, “Is it really possible to live that way today in America?”  This one doesn’t seem all that impossible, but it will prove a challenge, because I honestly need to retrain my heart with some of these attitudes. 

 He also speaks at length about pride and humbleness:

“Be ever conscious of your broken condition – that you are a sinful man who is in need of continued renewal by which you are being conformed to the image of Christ.  Therefore pray strongly , as one who knows he is weak.  Pray boldly, as one who knows he has no ability or confidence of himself.  Pray sweetly, as one well aware of the heart within him still tinged with the bitter fruit of wickedness.  And pray mindful of the truth that you are in need of just as much intercession as she.”

Here is one of the prayers in the book:

Incomparable God,

I praise you that while my wife was still weak and ungodly, Christ died for her.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person, but You have shown Your love to her in that while she was still a sinner, Christ died for her. 

O beloved, since therefore you have been justified by His blood, much more shall you be saved by Him from the wrath of God.  Rejoice!  Rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom you have now received reconciliation.

Father, let her not continue in sin so that grace may abound.  May it never be!  Do not allow her to live in sin once she has died to it.  Cause her to consider herself dead to sin and alive to You in Christ Jesus.  Let not sin reign in her mortal body, to make her obey its passions.  Keep her from presenting her members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over her, since she is not under law but under grace. 

Just as she once presented her members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now may she present her members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.  Instill this truth every deeply within her: the wages of sin is death, but Your free gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Restrain her from earning deadly wages.  And come quickly, Lord Jesus.  We long for You.  Amen


Brothers together in Christ

A quick little bit by Dr. Roy Ortlund about what it means to be Brothers in Christ.

I don’t think many guys have experienced anything like it.

“Manly men of God loving one another intensely and openly are a life-enriching social environment.”

Brothers together in Christ

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