Respect dare series – day 7 – Pray

Philippians 4:6-7

. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What don’t you have peace about in your marriage, or your life? Have you given it to the Lord in prayer? Are you thanking the Lord all the while that you present your requests?

God is my guardian. He is Glenn’s guardian. He is your guardian. He is your spouse’s guardian. Entrust yourself and your spouse into God’s hands.

We are in the unique place of seeing the best and worst in ourselves and our spouse. If there are areas in their life that need to change, or where they need growth, take it to the Lord in prayer. God is impressing on me that prayer is the single most, important thing that I can do to encourage, strengthen, build up and plant into my husband.

I can pray for his areas of strength. I can pray protection over him. I can pray for him to have wisdom for our family (definitely a natural gifting for Glenn). I can pray for his work, his hobbies, and his dreams. I can pray for strength and health. I can pray for his relationship with God, me, and our child. There is so much I can pray for on Glenn’s behalf. And don’t forget that we do it with thanksgiving! Let’s praise God for our husbands and His work in their lives!

I’ve found (and this should come as no surprise, although we seem quick to pass on prayer) that the more I pray: The more peace I have about our future. The more peace I have about our circumstances. The greater joy I have in the role of wife. The better I grow to understand and appreciate Glenn. The easier it is to pray and find time for prayer. The better I love.

My action for today: Pray and let peace flood in. Go for a beach walk and pray. Pray when shopping. Pray cooking dinner. Pray whilst feeding baby. And not just for today; make it a habit. Do it intentionally until it becomes second nature.

My prayer for today: Keep me praying; keep me praising; and keep me in your peace. Amen!

Spend time in prayer**

 

**Image by Lucky Gumbo, curtsey of The Inductive Bible Study Companion; Unlock the Word ©2015

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