Happy Saturday! As praying for our husbands continues, I thought I’d build on something I mentioned yesterday. You know, even though these short devotions are numbered, it doesn’t mean you have to use them in that order. In fact, you can even bookmark the series, and just come back to a topic here and there as they relate to your husband and your marriage.
It’s always a good thing to pray specifically and consistently for both!
Often men have fewer close friends than women because of the way their time is consumed with establishing their careers. They don’t take the necessary steps to develop close friendships like we do. That’s where prayer can make a difference! Being good friends with godly people who love the Lord doesn’t just happen by chance. We must pray that such people will come into our lives. And then when we find them, we should continue to cover those relationships in prayer. We should also pray the bad influences away! (p. 133,132)
Day 17 deals with our husband’s relationships
Read Chapter 17 – “His Relationships” from PPW
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Questions for thought/journaling:
- What are your husband’s friends like? Are they godly! Do you fell they are an asset to him or a detriment? Are there any people you would consider to be especially bad influences in his life or that continuall trouble him?
- Read 2 Corinthians 6:14. Does your husband have any close friends or close business relationships with people who are not believers? List their names and pray for their salvation!
- Where does your husband find most of this friends? Does he have close, mature, believing male friends or mentors who counsel him and encourage his spiritual growth?
- Is your husband part of a men’s prayer group of Bible study? Is yes, pray for his involvement and relationships within that group. If not, pray that that might become a reality in his life.
- How is your friendship with your husband? Do you think it could be improved upon or deepened? How do you need to pray for it?
If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7
Day 18 deals with fatherhood
Call me crazy, but honestly some of the times that I feel closest to and warmest towards Paul are when I see him interacting with our kids. There’s something that goes right to my heart when I watch them kick a ball together in the yard, or concentrate over a board game, in deep discussion over a heart-matter, or even laughing together over a joke.
It fills my heart to ’bout bursting! 🙂 And right-or-wrong, we all form our image of God, to some extent, by our relationship with and perspective of our earthly fathers. We so need to pray that the Lord will help our husbands accurately reflect Him to our kiddos…
Read Chapter 18 – “His Fatherhood” from PPW
Questions for thought/journaling:
- Did your husband have a good father? What does he say his relationship with his father was like? What is it like today? Does he have the desire to emulate his father or does he want to do a better job with his own children. Explain.
- Does your husband ever feel guilty or like he has failed as a parent when he sees something wrong with his children? If he does not have children, does he feel a lack because of that? How could you pray about that?
- Read 2 Corinthians 6:18. Does your husband really know God as his heavenly Father? Do you? Write a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you both as your heavenly Father.
- If you do not have children, does your husband get along well with other people’s children? Is his desire to have children of his own? Lift the situation up to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to work in this situation.
Men do not always realize how important they are to there children. They sometimes feel they are only there to provide materially for them. But the importance of a father’s influence can never be underestimated. How he relates to his children will shape their lives for bad or for good. It will change his life forever, too. (p. 140)
How are things going with you and your Abba Father these days? Don’t forget to keep in touch with Him.
I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:18
In this 30 Days of Praying for Your Husband series, we will be covering the following areas: His wife,Work,Finances,Sexuality,Affections, Temptations and Trials, His Mind, Fears, Purpose, Choices, Health, Protection, Integrity, Reputation, Priorities, Relationships, Fatherhood, His Past, Attitude, Marriage, Emotions, Walk, Talk, Repentance, Deliverance, Obedience, Self-Image, Faith, Future
Interested in the going through the complete series? Find the whole study here.
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