Monday, April 26, 2010
The Prayer of Vigilance
My commitment this week involves what I believe to be the most fundamental activity that any Christ-based marriage can perform. Unfortunately, however, it is something I have always struggled with when it comes to my husband.
It is the simple act of praying for him.
Please don't get me wrong. I do not think that praying is boring. (Though, I must admit there have been times I've been bored with someone else's prayer --- oops! Did I really just admit that?) Nor do I think that praying is easy. What I do think is that prayer for our husbands is the most effective means of vigilant love there can be. Because I believe that prayer is God's chosen way of getting things done that He wants to get done. And when I pray for my husband, I get to participate in God's work in His life. I get to learn to see my husband the way that Love Himself sees him. When I come before God Himself, I submit myself to Him and His ways. I learn to speak His language. And I learn to love real love.
For whatever reason, God chose to involve us in His work. And for whatever reason, He chose to use our prayers, our very communication with the I AM Who created life itself, to accomplish His purposes. I believe that He has purposed marriage primarily for the display of His own glory. In other words, I believe that God created Christian marriage in order to show Who He is. Love itself. Real. Unconditional. Love.
So when I pray for my husband, I am submitting myself and my marriage and my role as a wife to the very God Who has the power to make our marriage successful. The real kind of successful.
That, my friends, is why I am committing today to pray daily for my husband. Every single day this week. I think I may use Stormy Omartian's book The Power of a Praying Wife to get me started.
Okay, your turn. How are you being vigilant this week in your marriage? I can't wait to hear... Know that I will pray for each of you too.
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