Pray FOR Your Wife
Chris LeggChris Legg is a licensed minister and professional counselor; he is the Campus Pastor for FBC Tyler’s South Campus; he also runs a thriving therapy practice in Tyler, Texas… counseling, speaking and consulting. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with Master’s degrees in Religious Ed. and Marriage and Family Therapy, and has developed the Phalanx discipleship ministry for men. Chris and his lovely wife Ginger have been honeymooning since 1993, and have been blessed with three great kids: Mark, Ellie, and Holland. Chris can be contacted at 903 561 8663 or firstname.lastname@example.org Check out Phalanx, articles, and other resources at his website at www.chrismlegg.com.
- 2012 May 21
Pray for her
“The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” --Rev. Theodore Hesburgh
Pray FOR Your Wife (Look for Pray WITH Your Wife in another article)
I am never-endingly amazed at how Christian publishing loves to take something that is good and reframe it and reframe it until it loses all sense of creative value.
I know, maybe if I ever get a hit like that, maybe I will feel differently (The Gauntlet for Couples, The Gauntlet for Grandparents, The Gauntlet for Pets…). However, despite my cynical attitude about this pattern, I purchased and read The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian. All other possible evaluation aside, I will tell you that the price of the book and the time to read it was worth one real gem I found.
One of the sample prayers said, to paraphrase… “Lord, don’t let my wife hear from me; I pray that she hears from you.”
Confession time: I realized that many of my prayers had been essentially, “God, please let my wife hear from me on this topic…”
I was immediately and rightfully convicted of my arrogant vainglory. I began to change the way I was praying, and thinking. I want to pass the opportunity for that conviction on to you too. You’re welcome. We are in this together.
As men, we must choose accept this truth: God knows and loves us and our wives better than we do. So, men, begin to pray for your wives to know and hear God better… not you. Ask God to teach her, ask Him that she hears from Him, not from you… Repenting from “Lord, help my wife to follow my leadership and to listen to me” to “Lord help my wife follow YOUR leadership and listen to YOU” has changed me already.
Wanna be pasted by a passage? Here is one for us all to hold near our hearts.
“This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.
Yet you say, “For what reason?”
Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” (Mal 2:13-14, NASUpdated)
(Think maybe this is the passage that Peter had in mind?)
May God keep us considerate, faithful and devoted husbands!
So, how about praying WITH your wife? http://phalanxmen.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/pray-with-your-wife/