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This week in The Power of a Praying Wife, the focus for your husband is to pray for his relationships. In the chapter about priorities, Stormie points out that wives desire for their husband’s list of priorities to be God, spouse, children, then everything else. She also brings our attention to the fact that we as wives don’t always do the best job at aligning our priorities in that manner. I think it’s good for us all to get a reminder from time to time that it is just as important for us to put our husbands first (after God, of course) as it is for them to put us first. If this is an area that causes you strife, I’d encourage you to lead by example – show your husband that you are making him more of a priority, and he just might surprise you and do the same.
If you’re wondering how you could possibly make your husband feel that he is your top priority with everything else you’ve got going on in your life, Stormie has some encouragement for you.
“Fortunately, priorities don’t always have to do with the total amount of time spent on them, otherwise anyone with a forty-hour workweek would be putting God second to their job unless he or she was praying at least eight hours a day. And there’s no way a wife can give as much time to her husband as she does to a young child without neglecting the child. When it comes to your husband, it’s not so much a matter of how much time you take, but that you do take time to make him feel like he is a priority.”
The same can be said for his relationships with everyone else in his life. You should not only be praying for your husband’s relationship with you but pray for his relationships with everyone in his life. Stormie emphasizes the necessity for us, as Christians, to surround ourselves with strong Christian friends.
“This doesn’t mean we can never be around anyone who isn’t Christian, but our closest, most influential relationships should be with people who know and love the Lord.”
I hope you will join me this week in praying for God to bring our husbands close to other men of God so that they can encourage and strengthen one another.
Although I think that praying for my husband’s priorities and relationships is important, in my favorite chapter this week I was motivated to pray for his relationships with our future children. I absolutely love Stormie’s perspective on fatherhood!
“The best way for a man to be a good father is to get to know his heavenly Father and to imitate Him. The more time he spends in the Lord’s presence, being transformed into His likeness, the better influence he will be when he spends time with his children. He will have a father’s heart because he understands the Father’s heart.”
As you’re praying for your husband’s relationships, don’t forget to pray for the most important one – his relationship with the Lord.