Monday, January 28, 2013

Marriage Monday - Power of a Praying Wife Week 3

Money; necessary for living, but the cause of strain in many marriages.

When money is tight, we often struggle to pay bills, we worry, we stress and often it leads to arguments in the marriage.  When money is plenty, there are times we may disagree on how it is spent.

There is so much responsibility that comes with money; tithing, saving, helping others, and paying debts.  We have to make the choice to be wise or reckless with our money.  To obey God or step out on our own.

So many money problems can be solved by putting all our finances under God's covering and doing what He says to do with them.  That means giving when He says to give.  When you do, God promises to deliver you, protect you, bless you, heal you and keep you alive.

 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, 
that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” 
says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the 
floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that 
you will not have room enough for it.
Malachi 3:10

We need to pray that our husband gets a hold of this key to life and understands God's will for his finances.  God wants us to be giving with our money, helping those who need it.  God also wants us to pay our debts, and most importantly our tithe.  Whether your husband is the 'bread winner' in your family or if you both work, you need to continually pray for your husband in this area.

Last week we had the question what if your husband is unable to work and you are the one who earns the living?  In this instance, still continue to pray over your husband in this area.  And always include him in the finances.  God made man to want to care for and provide for his family.  If we do not include them in this area, they can feel like they are not living up to what God has called them to.  So continue to pray and include them in this area.

This week's prayer:

Lord, I commit our finances to You.  Be in charge of them and use them for Your purposes.  May we both be good stewards of all that You give us, and walk in total agreement as to how it is to be dispersed.  I pray that we will learn to live free of burdensome debt.  Where we have not been wise, bring restoration and give us guidance.  Show me how I can help increase our finances and not decrease them unwisely.  Help us to remember that all we have belongs to You and to be grateful for is.

I pray that {your husband's name} will find it easy to give to You and to others as You have instructed in Your Word.  Give him wisdom to handle money wisely.  Help him make good decisions as to how he spends.  Show him how to plan for the future.  I pray that he will find the perfect balance between spending needlessly and being miserly.  May he always be paid well for the work he does, and may his money not be stolen, lost, devoured, destroyed or waster.  Multiply it so that what he makes will go a long way.  I pray that he will not be anxious about finances, but will seek Your Kingdom first, knowing that as he, we will have all we need.


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