11.26.2014

Equally Yoked: Prayers for Your Husband

Good morning friends. I am so happy to be bringing you another chapter in Equally Yoked! Isn't it funny how these posts just seem like they were written to you, FOR YOU? I thought I created this series to help guide others, but I think God has been using it to help me even more in my own marriage. 

Today you get to hear from Beth. I have been following this lovely lady for a number of years now. It has been so wonderful to watch her blog grow and to really get to know the heart she has for Jesus. I just know you are going to love her too!
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I blog over at Oak + Oats. I am thrilled to be guest posting in this series and sharing how praying for my husband has impacted our marriage and a tradition I started a year & a half ago has continued on. I hope that you enjoy and are inspired! 


I wrote this blog post originally a year and a half ago. It is amazing how the time has flown by but that raggedy stack of prayer cards is still sitting with my Bible. It all began even months before that post was written when a dear friend of mine and I were sitting down to Starbucks and sharing about life. We both voiced the need and desire we had to be faithful in prayer to our husbands but we rarely made time to pray for them specifically and purposefully. We wanted to be supportive wives - not bitter ones. We wanted to build our husbands up - not tear them down. we wanted to make prayer for them part of our schedule and daily routine.

It wasn't long later when my friend came back to me with this prayer list she found. She had already started praying them over her husband and was enjoying having scripture that went along with each little paragraph. She printed off a copy for me and I went straight home to start writing on notecards each prayer. When you read the list here you will see that they are all written "pray that your husband..." when I began writing them down, I wanted to make them more personal so I wrote each card " I pray that Bruce..."

I wrote a couple and left them on the table as I ran off to do errands. Bruce asked me later that night if I thought he was a bad husband because he read through the cards and saw that specific things were being prayed for like "I pray Bruce would see his sin" and " I pray Bruce will stay faithful to his wedding vows" and then I would have multiple references at the bottom like I really was doing my research. I was taken aback and responded with " no I am praying for you to prevent things like that and just cover you in prayer..." It was weird, life moved on, and I stopped writing the cards and praying intentionally.

Flash forward to the day I wrote this post in April of 2013. Bruce and I were running about doing the same old same old when he asked me out of nowhere if I still prayed for him with those cards. I said no and talked about how I thought he thought it was weird and made up excuses of why I stopped. He said " I wish you would. I really appreciated that" I was shocked because I thought he really wasn't on board with the whole card prayer list but it made me want to run back all the more to those cards and finish.

Now I can pray one prayer a day. Specific and intentional. If I have time and want to dive into it more I have references to research and commentaries to look up. Or I can just pray in the car. Or during my devotions...

I want you to think about it. Satan desires to destroy your husband. He wants to break him. He wants to tear down his character, his relationship with you, and his role of a father. Trust that by daily surrendering your husband to the Lord that the Lord would move and live in your husband and help him lead you and your family well.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life"
proverbs 31: 11-12

I wish that I finished the cards months ago. That I was faithful in prayer for Bruce even when he was unsure why I was praying because I want to create that habit and I want to be a wife who does my husband good. Now is better than never and I am starting now.

I highly encourage you to pray for your husband. I think it is one of the most important things us wives can do for them. If you want to use the templet and verses that I used click here or you can just make your own prayers up. Either way make sure you are daily lifting up your man. Imagine the impact you both can have for the kingdom if you stay faithful in prayer!










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17 comments :

  1. I love the idea of the prayer cards. I do pray for Josh everyday. Specifically for him to have a good day and to keep his cool and keep his patience with difficult clients he sees. But the prayer list is just great. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I think it's great too. I really need something like this to keep me more intentional!

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  3. This is such a fabulous idea! I'm literally bouncing in my seat with excitement to start this for my husband. Thank you Beth for sharing this with us, and for encouraging us to be better wives for our husbands!

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  4. You're so adorable! hahaa so glad you liked this idea :)

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  5. I have got to start this! I feel like recently my prayers or statements of "I'm praying for you" have been a little bit of lip service and not that genuine but this system seems like it would be so helpful in keeping me honest and real about it. Thank you Beth!

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  6. Sounds like this was perfect timing for a lot of people :)

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  7. I love this serious Cassie. I always know I will be taught something great. Learning so much.

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  8. I love this so much!!! I'm going to add this to my Jan Goals! one month of prayer for my husband to start the new year off!! Thanks for sharing, Beth :)

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  9. Good luck, you'll have to let me know how it goes :)

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  10. This is such a great idea!! I am going to do this for my husband! Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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  11. This is so good. While my husband and I will pray about specific things, I haven't always looked for unprompted opportunities.


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  12. I couldn't agree more with that statement. I love the intentionality behind this!

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