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Monday, August 5, 2013

Prayer for Husband's Relationships/ Fatherhood

Several years ago, I read the book Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. I really enjoyed the book, and typed up many of the prayers from the book so I could pray them over again for my husband, Joshua. This prayer is part of a blog series on Mondays this summer with prayers for husbands. I encourage you to print the prayers and pray them along with me for your own husband! I hope you will join me in asking God to work in his relationships and fatherhood for our prayer this week...

See first prayer here.
See second prayer here.
See third prayer here.
See fourth prayer here.
See fifth prayer here.
See the sixth prayer here.
See seventh prayer here. 
Seven eighth prayer here.

Prayer for His Relationships

Lord, I pray for (Joshua) to have good, godly male friends with whom he can openly share his heart. May they be trustworthy men of wisdom who will speak truth into his life and not just say what he wants to hear (Proverbs 28:23). Give him the discernment to separate himself from anyone who will not be a good influence (1 Corinthians 5:13). Show him the importance of godly friendships and help me to encourage him to sustain them. Give us believing married couples with whom we can feel comfortable sharing our lives. 
I pray for strong, peaceful relationships with each of his family members, neighbors, acquaintances, and coworkers. Today, I specifically pray for his relationship with (name of person). Inspire open communication and mutual acceptance between them. Let there be reconciliation where there has been estrangement. Work peace into anything that needs to be worked out.
I pray that in his heart he will honor his father and mother so that he will live long and be blessed in his life (Exodus 20:12). Enable him to be a forgiving person and not carry grudges or hold things in his heart against others. Lord, You’ve said in Your Word that “he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11). I pray that my husband would never be blinded by the darkness of unforgiveness, but may continually walk in the light of forgiveness. May he not judge or show contempt for anyone but remember that “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10). Enable him to love his enemies, bless those who curse him, do good to those that hate him, and pray for those who spitefully use him and persecute him (Matthew 5:44). I pray that I will be counted as his best friend and that our friendship with one another will continue to grow. Show him what it means to be a true friend and enable him to be one. 

Prayer for His Fatherhood

Lord, teach (Joshua) 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 repentant 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 we will be united in the rules we set for our children, and be in full agreement as to how they are raised. 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 that he will not be stern, hard, cruel, cold, abusive, noncommunicative, passive, critical, weak, uninterested, neglectful, undependable, or uninvolved. Help him instead to be kind. loving, soft-hearted, warm, interested, affirming, affectionate, involved, strong, consistent, dependable, verbally communicative, understanding and patient. May he require and 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 the 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 to be very much. I pray that You would give him the desire of his heart.  
Have you prayed for your husband this week? Why not pray for him today?

Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Ephesians 6:4
 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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