We were challenged in RAMP, on Sunday morning, and before the Worship Service, by Scott Edwards, concerning praying with our wives.
I must admit this is an area I have failed. I have a regular prayer life and pray regularly for my bride, but I fail miserably when it comes to praying with her. So this is a challenge I took personally and am thankful for Scott challenging me.
Lesson 10 covered this subject. “You become intimate with the one TO whom you pray, FOR whom you pray and WITH whom you pray.” This is an area we need to take seriously.
We are called to love our wives as Christ loved the church. Do you think He prayed for the church? I think it’s clear He did.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23.
With everything that our families are facing in this world today, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect and strengthen them. It starts with our earthly priorities….our brides.
Each day Family Life will send a short devotional-a Bible verse, some text and a pair of prayers for each of you. You will need to choose a time when the two of you are together and go through the material and pray. The challenge runs from September 1 thru 30, but as the information stated, “We hope that’s just the starting point.”
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20.
I know that we all have busy schedules and lives but at the end of the day, we make time for what we want to make time for. It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to see what is going on in our world today. Would it be worth the time and effort to pray with our brides?
“Prayer produces intimacy.”
Please join me in this challenge and may we be the men, husbands and fathers that God calls us to be.
May we be running to the cross of Christ!