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Praying for Your Spouse

 One of the greatest, and often most challenging, ministries that we have is the one toward our spouse. It is easy to forget that your spouse, your marriage partner, is the one to whom you are most responsible on this earth. How easy it is to take him/her for granted and neglect the fact that without this one, we probably would not have much.

          The following prayer guide is a tool that proved most useful in our marriage. It was given to us by Rev. Ed Fleagle whose wisdom and patience and forthrightness (he minced no words) helped us through one of the most distressful times in our marriage. I distinctly remember when my wife asked if she could pray for me from this sheet and though my spirit wanted her to, that thing within me that was opposing God did not. Oh what a battle raged within me at that time. She did this for a couple of months until I found that I had the strength of will to ask her to pray for me. Had it not been for God’s Word, for Fleagle, for my wife’s prayers, and the prayers of so many friends in Christ, I horror at the thought of where we may be today. Prayer makes things happen!! So I reprint this for you here in the hopes that you will use it and begin to see a difference in your spouse and in your marriage.

Praying Daily for Your Husband (or Wife)

(and the leadership of your church)


Adapted from "Making a Difference in Ministry" by Betty Morgan

Devote yourselves to Prayer, keeping alert in it,

with an attitude of thanksgiving. –Colossians 4:2

Sunday

1. That he would be more Biblical and faithful in public and private worship, delighting more and more in God and His Word. (Psalm 1:2, 37:4, 119:24, 77, 92, 143; Proverbs 22:36; Song of Solomon 2:3)

2. That he might become a holy man, a humble man of prayer, mature in the Lord, ever growing in his knowledge of God. (I Thess. 5:23; Col. 4:12; Eph. 6:18, 3:16-19; II Peter 3:18)

Monday

3. That he might learn and be enabled to take every thought captive, to be not conformed to the world’s thinking, but to think Scripturally. (Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 10:5)

4. That he would learn to not depend upon his circumstances, people or things for happiness and fulfillment, but upon God alone; that he would consistently feed upon God’s Word for the nourishment of his own soul. (Hab. 3:17-19; Jer. 15:16)

Tuesday

5. That he might daily seek God with all his heart, walking in the Spirit moment by moment in a manner worthy of our Lord, growing in his trust and dependence on Him. (Ps. 63:1-2; 119:1-2; 27:4; Prov. 3:5-6; John 15:5)

6. That his sense of significance and self-image would be a reflection of the Lord’s thoughts toward him. (Eph. 1:17-18; Rom. 12:3; Ps. 139)

7. That he might have new, increased strength in the midst of his busy schedule; that the Lord would infuse him with His strength to labor faithfully in his appointed place of service. (Isa. 40:31; Eph. 3:14-19; Philippians 4:13)

Wednesday

8. That God would enable him to be faithful and fruitful, by precept and example, for the building and strengthening of God’s Kingdom. (I Tim. 4:11-12; Eph. 5:1-2)

9. That he might learn to love God and others in a Biblical way. (I Cor. 13:4-7; Rom. 12:8-10; Acts 20:27-28)

Thursday

10. That he might demonstrate reverence and gratitude, not driven, with well-thought-through and prayed-through goals in life. (I Cor. 9:19-27)

11. That the Lord would give him wisdom to lead his family physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually; that he would lovingly give teaching, exhortation, encouragement and discipline as needed. (Eph. 1:17-19; 6:4; 5:31-35; I Thess. 2:11-12)

12. That the fruit of the Spirit might be exhibited more and more in his life. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Friday

13. That he might stand firm against the schemes of the devil, recognizing and resisting Satan in all circumstances. (Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7; II Cor. 2:11; I Peter 5:8)

14. That he might not be deceived into unbelief or sin in any form; that he would be uncompromising with the world, the flesh or the devil. (Matt. 26:58-75; Gal. 6:7; Eph. 5:11)

15. That he would be continually faithful to examine himself in light of Scripture; recognizing, confessing, and repenting of all inward and outward sins. (Ps. 119:130; 32:1-5; 51:10; I John 1:7)

Saturday

16. That the Lord would protect him, guarding his course; that he would have needful grace to accept all "disappointments" as God’s sovereign appointments, submitting cheerfully and trustfully to the Lordship of Christ in his life. (Prov. 2:8ff; II Thess. 3:3; Prov. 19:21; Ps. 135:6; Eph. 1:11; Dan. 4:35)

17. That he might be self-disciplined, learning to manage his time well. (Eph. 5:15; Phil. 2:12-13)

18. That God would give him favor with others outside the walls of your house, opening doors of opportunity for him to have a godly influence in the church and community. (Ps. 133:1-3; Prov. 21:1; Neh. 1:11; 2:18, 20)


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