By: Jenifer Metzger
Have you ever noticed your husband dragging himself through the door after work? He says his work day was okay, but he seems exhausted or stressed. Or maybe he seems a bit 'off' to you lately, or he complains of a physical pain.
All day long we deal with our own stresses, exhaustion and each little 'ouchy' the kids bring to us. When our husband has his own issues, we often shrug them off and think that he is strong enough to handle it on his own. If he has a pain, we tell him to go to the doctor or take some medication. But that's about the extent of our involvement.
Yes, ladies, I know we deal with a lot. Our plates are full, our schedule is full and our hands are full. We drag our self out of bed each morning and fall into bed each night. But what if we stop focusing on our own issues and realize that our husband has issues too? What if we realize that his issues and our issues are intertwined? What if we stop and ask our husband 6 little words? 6 words that will have a powerful impact on our husband, our marriage, our family, even on ourselves.
How can I pray for you?
When was the last time you asked your husband how you could pray for him? When was the last time you actually prayed for him? Maybe he has a pain he hasn't mentioned that he would love for you to pray about. Maybe a situation at work he hasn't brought up but he needs some guidance and would covet your prayers. Maybe he has a relationship that is strained and he needs prayer about. Maybe an old addiction is rearing its ugly head and he needs prayer for self control. There could be a hundred or more situations that your husband needs prayer for. If you don't pray for your husband, who will?
By you asking him how you can pray for him, you are lifting his specific need to God, you are letting him know that you are willing to go to battle for him, you are reminding him that you are bonded through Christ, and you are showing him that you are there for him.
Today I challenge you to ask your husband these 6 words. Call him, text him, stop by his work and surprise him, or wait until he gets home this evening. Whichever it is, just ask how you can pray, then follow through.