Paul instructed, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for Her” (Eph 5:25). One of the ways to love our marriage partner, and to “give our life” (make sacrifices) for them, is to pray regularly for them. We usually know our spouse better than anyone else. We know their fears, dreams, weaknesses and desires. The best way to apply what we know about them is to pray for them every day.
You might pray something like this: “Lord, I ask You to bless my wife (or husband) today. Strengthen her, give her great grace, help her to be more like You. Give her wisdom in every decision. Bless her activities; surround her with Your presence and peace. Protect her and keep her in health today.”
If your spouse has an upcoming ministry assignment, pray about that, too. And take a few minutes to pray in the Spirit for your spouse. As you do, the Lord may give you insight about a specific need for which you should pray. Daily prayer for your spouse will strengthen your marriage before God and bless your spouse in a beautiful and powerful way.
- Pray For Your Children
Raising children is a challenging job! Most parents do not feel properly qualified, and can sometimes become discouraged when their children are less than perfect.
Scripture exhorts parents to: “bring them [your children] up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Eph 6:4); “train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov 22:6); “teach them [God’s commandments] diligently to your children” (Deut 6:7).
Our children do not belong to us; they belong to God. He entrusts them to our stewardship, to take care of them, to raise them in His ways – so that they will become faithful followers of Christ, and honor God with their talents and their lives.
This requires much time, commitment and effort – and especially a lot of prayer. As parents, we must be our children’s first and best intercessors!
You can pray for your children alone in your personal devotional time; but you and your spouse should pray together for your children as well. Prayer can be even more powerful when two are in agreement (Matt 18:19,20).
Some things for which parents can pray for their children are:
- For the work of the devil to be bound, so he cannot steal from and destroy your children; and for God’s power and purpose to be realized in your children’s lives (Matt 16:19).
- For them to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, and to grow into faithful disciples (Deut 6:4-7; John 3:16; Eph 6:4).
- For them to be open to God’s instruction and correction (Ps 119:9-11; Matt 18:1-4).
- For them to know – and follow – the will of God for their lives, and to be obedient and submitted to their parents (Eph 6:1-3; Col 3:20)
- For God to provide a good and godly spouse for them; for them to remain sexually pure until they are married (2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 1 Tim 4:12).
- For God’s blessing to be upon them and all that concerns them (Matt 19:13-15).
- For any other needs you know about, or that they have expressed to you.
B. OPEN TO YOUR LARGER FAMILY
Most of us have relatives beyond our immediate family members. They may be siblings, relatives by marriage, nieces or nephews, grandchildren, etc. They may not all live near you but, as part of your family, they should be included in your prayers.