Monday, April 8, 2013

Marriage Monday - Power of a Praying Wife Week 13

Everyone goes through hard times.  Everyone struggles.  It is nothing that can be avoided, unless God chooses to stop it, and it is nothing to be ashamed of.  We all struggle.  Period.

What matters is how we handle ourselves as we go through that struggle.  Will we go through hard times with grace and thanksgiving, continuing to serve and praise God?  Or will we close ourselves off from God and others or even become angry.

Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing
of your faith produces perseverance.
James 1:2-3

Sometimes praying will stop the trials, as we said above if God chooses. But praying does not always stop the trials.  God has His own reasons, reasons we will never understand, for allowing us to go through hardships. But as wives, we can pray for our husband's outlook as he goes through the hard time.  We can lift him up that he will remain faithful to God in all ways as he struggles.

Whether if feels like it or not, when we serve God, His love attends every moment of our lives -even the toughest, loneliest, most painful and desperate.  God is there.  Always.  He never leaves us and never forsakes us. If He, this mighty, powerful God, remains faithful to us at all times, what is stopping us from remaining faithful to Him?  

As trials and tribulations come to your husband, pray that he is able to press in and grow in his walk.  As much as I do not like the trials of life, I can look back and see how each trial led me closer to God, as long as I remained faithful.

This Week's Prayer:

Lord, You alone know the depth of the burden my husband carries.  I may understand the specifics, but You have measured the weight of it on his shoulders. I've not come to minimize what You are doing in his life, for I know You work great things in the midst of trials.  Nor am I trying to protect him from what he must face.  I only want to support him so that he will get through this battle as the winner.

God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble {Psalm 46:1}.  You  have invited us to "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" {Hebrews 4:16}.  I come before Your throne and ask grace for my husband.  Strengthen his heart for this battle and give him patience to wait on You {Psalm 27:1-4}.  Build him up so that no matter what happens he will be able to stand strong through it.  Help him to be always "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation  continuing steadfastly in prayer" {Romans 12:12}. Give him endurance to run the race and not give up, for You have said that "a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again" {Proverbs 24:16}.  Help him to remember that "the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand" {Psalm 37:23-24}.

I pray he will look to You to be his "refuge until these calamities have passed by" {Psalm 57:1}.  May he learn to wait on Your because "those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" {Isaiah 40:31}.  I pray that he will find his strength in You and as he cries out to You, You will hear him and save him out of all his troubles {Psalm 34:6}.


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