Is Your Marriage Thriving or Just Surviving?

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This week we are reading chapters 5-7 in The Power of a Praying Wife. As I promised last week, I’ll also be discussing chapter 4 since it fits in quite well with this theme. As I was reading this set of chapters, one theme kept jumping out at me – the difference between a thriving marriage and a marriage that is merely surviving.

I’d be willing to bet that we all would love to have a thriving marriage. Unfortunately I’d also be willing to bet that there are a lot of us who would be more likely to classify our marriages as just surviving. So just how do we get from the just surviving category to the thriving category? The answer to that question, as with most questions in life, begins with prayer.

In this section of the book, Stormie talks about several areas of our husbands’ lives that we should be covering in prayer – his sexuality, affection, temptations, and mind. Of course, we should be covering every area of our husbands’ lives in prayer, but these specific areas tend to have more of a direct impact on our marriage than some of the others.

Like a lot of Christian wives, sometimes I struggle to figure out exactly how to pray for my husband so I’m really glad that in this book Stormie gives us some guidance. Here are some small excerpts from each of these chapters that give us a starting place for the prayers that can be so difficult to begin sometimes.

His Sexuality

“Lord, Bless my husband’s sexuality and make it an area of great fulfillment for him. Restore what needs to be restored, balance what needs to be balanced…I commit this area of our lives to you, Lord. May it continually be new and alive. Make it all that you created it to be.”

His Affection

“Lord, Help us to demonstrate how much we care for and value each other…Change our habits of indifference or busyness…Help us to not weaken the marriage through neglect of this vital means of communication…I trust you to transform us and make us the husband and wife you called us to be.”

His Temptations

“Lord, I pray that you would strengthen my husband to resist any temptation that comes his way…Make him strong where he is weak…Establish a wall of protection around him. Fill him with your Spirit and flush out all that is not of you.”

His Mind

“Lord, I pray for your protection on my husband’s mind. Shield him from the lies of the enemy…May he thirst for your word and hunger for your truth so that he can recognize wrong thinking…Help him to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let his requests be known to you; and may your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard his heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”

I hope these prayers help you on your journey to a thriving marriage. 

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