Choosing to Pray for Grace

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This week I’m taking a break from writing about what Stormie tells us to pray about in this week’s chapters of The Power of a Praying Wife. Instead, I want to share with you what I’ve been praying for. Recently I’ve been feeling called to be a more gracious wife (and person in general). I know that with my sinful, human heart I could never do this on my own so I’m choosing to pray for grace rather than reacting in anger or frustration.

In the first chapter of this book, we learned that we needed to pray for ourselves first so that our hearts were in the right place when we prayed for our husbands. Along a similar theme, a couple weeks ago we were reminded to pray rather than nag. I think that God was using those ideas to pave the way for what he has laid on my heart over the last week or so – choosing to pray for grace.

I’m doing a women’s study at church that calls for a lot of self-evaluation. At one point it asked us to think of a spiritually mature Christian that we wanted to be more like. I could think of several people in my life who would fit that mold so instead I of choosing just one of them, I started to think about the qualities they have that I admire. The quality that God put on my heart as the most important for me to work on right now was GRACE.

Instead of making it my immediate goal to be more gracious (old habits are hard to beak), I’ve been trying to make it a point to pray for grace every time I get into a frustrating situation. God has given me plenty of opportunities to practice this new routine and one of the biggest areas that I’m doing so is in my marriage.

Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert or maybe it’s just because I don’t like to make waves, but I don’t act ungraciously very often towards Taylor. However, that’s never stopped me from having some very harsh thoughts toward him when things don’t go exactly as I’d like. So this week, my biggest prayer for my marriage has had to do with my heart. When I start to get angry or frustrated, I’m choosing to pray for grace instead of reacting in anger or frustration.

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