Monday, June 3, 2013

Marriage Monday - Power of a Praying Wife Week 19

The past is something that can hold a grip on us. That past can be how we were treated by someone, someone in our lives who left us, a mistake we made, or how our lives were growing up. Anything that had a negative effect on us.

Sometimes past memories and feelings can hold us in a crippling bondage. It can effect how we live our lives now. If your husband had a hard childhood or dealt with struggles in his life that are effecting his life now, you have the power to pray over it and change it.

My husband grew up without a father. This effected him greatly. It caused a great bitterness in his heart and Wow God! There is still mending that needs to take place, but it is getting there. There is still growing that needs to happen in the relationship, but it is getting there. It has only been about five years. It will take time. A few weeks ago his father called our home to wish our daughter a happy birthday. My husband talked to him for over thirty minutes, this was a first. He seemed genuinely happy to talk to him and they had a lot to say, this was a first. This is the power of a praying wife.
made it hard for him to get to know people and build relationships. I grew up with a wonderful father so it was hard for me to understand the 'other side.'  I wanted my husband to be healed of this hurt. For years I prayed that God would mend him. Then out of the blue one day we received a call from a woman saying she was his aunt and his dad was looking for him.

What has your husband faced in his past? Are there physical or emotional wounds that need healing? Do you see the effects it has on his life now? Begin now to pray that God would heal him from his past.

This week's prayer:

Lord, I pray that You would enable {husband's name} to let go of his past completely. Deliver him from any hold it has on him. Help him to put off his former conduct and habitual ways of thinking about it and be renewed in his mind {Ephesians 4:22-23}. Enlarge his understandings to know that You make all things new {Revelation 21:5}. Show him a fresh, Holy Spirit inspired way of relating to negative things that have happened. Give him the mind of Christ so that he can clearly discern Your voice from the voices of the past. When he hears those old voices, enable him to rise up and shut them down with the truth of Your Word. Where he has formerly experienced rejection or pain, I pray he not allow them to color what he sees and hears now.  Pour forgiveness into his heart so that bitterness, resentment, revenge, and unforgiveness will have no place there. May he regard the past as only a history lesson and not guide for his daily life. Wherever his past has become an unpleasant memory, I pray You would redeem it and bring life out of it. Bind up his woulds {Psalm 147:3}. Restore his soul {Psalm 23:3}. Help him to release the past so that he will not live in it, but learn from it, break out of it, and move into the future You have for him. 


1 comment:

  1. Thank you. I see that, now we take distance from our in-laws, (hopefully temporarily) the pain and processing arises in full force in my husband. Having alcoholic parents has been a disaster for him. I need to pray this prayer.



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