Day 284: Weekly Prayer

July 23, 2012

I read and prayed through chapter 3 of The Power of a Praying Husband for act 284, which was about praying for one’s wife’s emotional well-being and for understanding when it comes to her emotions.

Although you seem emotionally healthy, I have to say that many times I really don’t know how to respond when you react emotionally to things. I think I’ve tended to downplay those responses, as if you were overreacting or something. But Omartian gave me some good advice regarding how to prepare for those situations:

The best way to approach the matter of your wife’s emotions is to ask God to give you insight into what your wife is feeling and show you how to pray accordingly.

Amen to that.

 

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Day 270: Weekly Prayer

July 6, 2012

For Sunday’s act of love (6/24), I read through the first chapter of The Power of a Praying Husband. The focus was on becoming the right kind of husband, one who is (among other things) of one mind with his wife, compassionate, loving, tenderhearted, and courteous.

The first is not something a husband has complete control over. Like the tango, being of one mind takes two. However, I can do my part to help us become of one mind: I can pray for that end, that there would be no division or quarrels in our marriage, but that we would continue to share the same purpose of devoting our lives to glorifying God and making him known.

The latter four struck me hard because I need a lot of work in each of those areas. As an example, here are a couple of questions she asked:

Do you ever talk to your wife in a way that would be considered rude if you were speaking to a friend or business associate? Are you kind to everyone all day at work, but then you take out your frustration, exhaustion, and anger on your wife when you get home?

I answered yes to each of them. Although my behavior toward you isn’t characterized by rudeness and I don’t often take out my frustration etc. on you when I get home from work, I still recognize these tendencies in me. May the God of all peace make me a peacemaker rather than a divider in our marriage.

I pray that there would be peace in our marriage and unity, and that we’d be of the same mind and judgment. May I be tenderhearted toward you and   compassionate, loving, and courteous. May I live with you in an understanding way. Praise God that we worship the same God and desire to live under his authority.