Day 27 deals with His Obedience. As parents,, we (Paul and I) teach our kids that obedience has 3 aspects: it’s immediate, it’s complete, and it’s sweet (i.e. no complaining allowed!). Hmmm…sometimes I think I need a reminder of that for myself!
Obedience is not something we grow out of. By teaching our children obedience when they’re young, we lay the groundwork for them being obedient to the Father as they age. Many of us, however, may not have been raised by parents who bought into that concept. If your husband was raised with the motto “Don’t do what I do, do what I say!”, he may actually have developed resentment towards authority and a rebellious spirit.
Only the Holy Spirit can soften his heart and shape him into a loving son who is open to obey and follow God’s direction and discipline in his life.
Read Chapter 27 – “His Obedience” from The Power of a Praying Wife
Questions for thought/journaling:
- Who do you feel has a more committed and deep relationship with God – you or your husband? Write a prayer asking God to help you grow together in the Lord.
- Do you feel that your husband has a heart to obey God and live His way? Do you ever see your husband doing things that are opposed to the way God has asked us to live? How can you pray for him about this?
- One of the best ways to learn how God wants us to live is to read His Word. Does your husband read the Bible regularly? Does he get good Bible teaching? Ask God to open your husband’s heart to an ever-increasing knowledge of the truth of His Word.
- Read Proverbs 28:9. What happens when we don’t walk in obedience? Does your husband experience frustration over unanswered prayer?
- Read Matthew 7:24-27. In light of this Scripture, how important is it to you and your family that your husband obeys God?
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you. Jeremiah 7:23
Praying that we may all walk in obedience to Him who loves us enough to die for :-)!
Day 28 deals with His Self-Image. I hope you all are planning a lovely Father’s Day this weekend – whether it will be with your husband or your own father, or even perhaps memories of your own father… Father’s Day always leads me to think of just how vital our relationships with our earthly fathers really are – because they help us form thoughts and images and our perception of our Heavenly Father. In addition, to a great extent our self-image is also influenced by what we think our fathers (both of them) think of us (hence the too-close-to-home humor we find in the punch line: “Daddy always did like you best!”).
How is the root of your husband’s self-image?
Read Chapter 28 – “His Self-Image” from The Power of a Praying Wife
Questions for thought/journaling:
- Do you fell that your husband is living up to his potential? Why or why not? Is his perception of himself that of a successful man, or does he have doubts about himself that creep into his life?
- Does your husband have feelings of rejection? Did he feel rejected in his past? Does he fell rejected by you or the children, or other family members? Do you have feelings of rejection, currently or as part of your past? Do you ever feel rejected by your husband? How can you pray about these issues?
- Read Ephesians 1:3-6. Write this out as a prayer for your husband and yourself.
- Part of being accepted by other people has to do with accepting who we are in the Lord first. Read Colossians 3:9,10. Pray this Scripture over your husband, inserting his name where appropriate.
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18
In addition to praying that the Lord speaks to his heart about who he is in Him, make sure you make an effort this weekend to boost your man’s self-image – we all need a pat on the back sometimes – Father’s Day is a good opportunity to get your kids involved, too!
Be a blessing.
Tomorrow is our final day of the series!
Now of course, that doesn’t mean we’re ever done praying for our husbands, but it does mean we’re done with this study. Moving forward, or even if you’ve just found us, that means you have options (I just LOVE options, don’t you?!):
Option 1 – You can go through this series on your own and print out each post, keep them together, and then pray through them as you can. OR
Option 2 – You can sign up here TODAY to receive them all, one at a time, as a daily devotional later this year. Just prior to Thanksgiving I’ll be releasing them together as part of a special Thanksgiving series we’re planning. They will include bonus material, links and resources and you will NOT want to miss it!
Whatever you decide is fine, but I’d recommend option 2
So glad you joined us. I hope this was a benefit to you and your marriage, as it has been to me and mine. But let me encourage you that even if you have not seen fruit doesn’t mean God isn’t moving in your husband’s heart and life! Perhaps what needed to happen was a change in your own heart and life. Just stay diligent and keep praying…remember:
the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b
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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