Monday, May 20, 2013

Marriage Monday - Power of a Praying Wife Week 18

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We know motherhood is a beautiful thing. We know that it is also difficult. I continually think and pray about motherhood. I have these four precious children God has placed in my care. Everything I do and say shapes who they are. Our homeschooling shapes their future career path. Our Bible time and how I live my life influences their own walk with God. That is a big load.
Our men face the same thing. Often times the husband is the sole breadwinner for the family. His
family's livelihood is dependent on him alone. If this is not the case in your family, I would venture to say that he still feels this heavy load on his shoulders even if you are working as well or even if you are the sole provider. God wired men this way.
One of the greatest fear of men is raising children. If their own father was not a good one, they fear they will turn out like him. If their own father was a wonderful father, they fear they will not live up to that standard. They know that not only does their family's livelihood depend on him, but also how they will grow up. How their sons will treat women, how their daughters will treat men. If he is a Godly man, he worries about his children's faith. There is so much to fatherhood.
With such a large load to carry, we need to continually lift our husband in prayer. We need to pray that His relationship with God would be so strong. The best way for a man to be a good father is to get to know his Heavenly Father and learn to imitate Him.
This Week's Prayer:
Lord, teach {husband's name} to be a good father. Where it was not modeled to him according to Your ways, heal those areas and help him to forgive his dad. Give him revelation of You and a hunger in his heart to really know You as his Heavenly Father. Draw him close to spend time in Your presence so he can become more like You, and fully understand Your Father's heart of compassion and love toward him. Grow that same heart in him for his children. Help him to balance mercy, judgment, and instruction the way You do. Though You require obedience, You are quick to acknowledge a repent heart. make him that way, too. Show him when to discipline and how. Help him to see that he who loves his child disciplines him promptly {Proverbs 13:24}. May he never provoke his "children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" {Ephesians 6:4}. I pray that there will be no strife or argument over how to handle them and the issues that surround their lives.
Give him skills of communication with his children. I pray he will not be stern, hard, cruel, cold, abusive, noncommunicative, passive, critical, weak, uninterested, neglectful, undependable, or involved. Help him instead to be kind, loving, softhearted, warm, interest, affirming, affectionate, involved, strong, consistent, dependable, verbally communicative, understanding and patient. May he require to inspire his children to honor him as their father so that their lives will be long and blessed.
Lord, I know we pass a spiritual inheritance to our children. Let the heritage he passes on be one rich in fullness of Your Holy Spirit. Enable him to model clearly a walk of submission to Your laws. May he delight in his children and long to grow them up Your way. Being a good father is something he wants very much. I pray that You would give him the desire of his heart.


  1. I couldn't agree more. Men carry such a burden. We as wives need to be covering them in prayer, as well as showing them respect and honor. Great post friend!

  2. I have often said a prayer of thanks that I am not a man. I see the burdens a man must carry...the people that depend on him, the family that he must support...yes, men carry a huge burden and we need to cover them with prayer!


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