Monday, March 4, 2013

Power of a Praying Wife - Week 8

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There are many things in this world that can bring us fear.  Big, life altering things cause us fear.  Small, insignificant things also can cause us fear.  This weekend I was talking to a friend and she was telling me about her husband's fear.  He is a very big and very strong man, yet something as small as a spider frightens him.  There are many things to cause fear and everyone has, at least at some point, has struggled with a fear.

Common fears of men include:
  • Will I be a good husband?
  • Will I be a good father?
  • What if no one respects me?
  • What if I lose my job?
  • What if I can't support my family?
  • What if I die, who will care for my family?
Fear takes a hold of the heart and grips tight.  It is a poison.

Seventeen months ago my husband woke up in night from a startling dream.  Now, Jeremy very rarely remembers his dreams.  He can literally go years without remembering a single dream he has had.  This night he not only remember this vivid dream but it bothered him.  He shared the dream with me.  I was fearful for just a moment then after speaking the name of Jesus, I felt a beautiful peace.  His dream?  While at work an accident happened that caused him to lose his leg and our lives were changed forever.  That is all he could share with me.  I shared this dream with my two accountability partners and asked them to pray.  As I prayed, I felt God leading me to pray not that the accident would not happen, but that he would be able to handle what happens.  With peace, that is what I prayed.

Exactly one week to the day, we received word that a family friend had a 5000 pound safe {a money safe} fall on his leg completely crushing it.  After only a couple hours in emergency they had to take his leg to save his life.

We had many people praying over this friend.  A few days later, it hit me.  This was my husband's dream!  It really happened!  God had prompted us to pray before the accident even happened.  He even told me to not pray that it doesn't happen but to pray that he could handle it!  And let me tell you, this young man handled it better than anyone could possibly imagine.  Of course this new life had challenges and many changes but was not angry.  He was not bitter.  He was ready to move forward and live life.  He was his normal happy self.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4

I said all of that to say this there is a difference between a fearful thought that comes to mind as a prompting to pray for a particular thing, and a tormenting spirit of fear that paralyzes.  You don't want to undermine the promptings of the Holy Spirit to your husband's heart, but you do want to support him as he battles destructive fear.

Fear is straight from the enemy.  God is not the author of fear.  Our Father brings us peace and love, never fear.  Pray for the comforting, securing, perfect love of the Lord to surround your husband and deliver him from all his fears.

This week's prayer:

Lord,  You've said in Your Word that "there is no fear in love;but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love" {1 John 4:18}.  I pray that You will perfect my husband in Your love so that tormenting fear finds no place in him.  I know You have not given him a spirit of fear.  You've given him power, love and a sound mind {2 Timothy 1:7}.  I pray in the name of Jesus that fear will not rule over my husband.  Instead, may Your Word penetrate every fiber of his being, convincing him that Your love for him is far greater than anything he faces and nothing can separate him from it.

I pray that he will acknowledge You as a Father whose is unfailing, whose strength is without equal, and in whose presence there is nothing to fear. Deliver him this day from dear that destroys and replace it with Godly fear {Jeremiah 32:40}.  Teach him Your way, O Lord.  Help him to walk in Your truth.  Unite his heart to fear Your name {Psalm 86:11}.  May he have no dear of men, but rise up a nd bodly say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear.  What can man do to me?" {Hebrews 13:6} "How great is your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You" {Psalm 31:19}.

I say to you {husband's name}, "Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you" {Isaiah 54:14}.  "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor the destruction that lays waste at noonday" {Psalm 91:5-6}.  May the Spirit of the Lord rest upon you, "the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" {Isaiah 11:2}.


1 comment:

  1. Well put and beautifully written!!! Thanks, Jenifer, your writing is very inspiring.
    hugs, Cindy


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