The Power of A Praying Wife: His Wife
Good morning, all!
Today we tackle chapter 1 of The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.
Each chapter of this book focusues on a unique aspect of your husband's life and appropriately enough, Omartian starts in chapter one with His Wife.
The first time I read this book, it struck me as odd that I should begin praying for my husband by praying for myself. But as Omartian so eloquently put it:
"My heart had to be softened, humbled, pummeled, molded and reconstructed before He even started working on my husband. I had to learn to see things according to the way GOd saw them - not how I thought they should be."
She goes on throughout the chapter to describe the way she used to pray for her husband, stating that her favorite three-word prayer was "Change him, Lord." I have to admit, that I have probably prayed that same prayer more times than enough times to be aboslutely humbled by the rest of her explanations that if I expect to see any positive change in my marriage, it's crucial to begin with my own heart and motivations and reactions to my husband and let God take care of it.
She speaks with so much wisdom throughout this whole chapter, and she gives such sound biblical advice on how to be a good wife.
"When you are praying for yourself - his wife - remember this model of a good wife from the Bible. It says she takes care of her home and runs it well. She knows how to buy and sell and make wise investments. She keeps herself healthy and strong and dresses attractively. She works diligently and has skills which are marketable. Sh is giving and conscientiously prepares for the future. She contributes to her husband's good reputation. She is strong, solid, honorable, and not afraid of growing older. She speaks wisely and kindly. She doesn't sit around doing nothing, but carefully watches what goes on in her home. Her children and her husband praise her. She doesn't rely on charm and beauty but knows that the fear of the Lord is what is most attractive. She supports her husband and still has a fruitful life of her own which speaks loudly for itself (Proverbs 31)."
As always she provides a pre-written prayer to guide us in praying for the traits she has described throughout the chapter, as well as several scriptures she calls "Power Tools."
For this week, I'm going to work on memorizing Mark 11:24, 25 "Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."
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Praying for my hubby, and for you all!