Over the last two weeks, we have been talking about praying for our husbands. Last week, we prayed for faithfulness and the week before, dedication. Today, I have yet another serious prayer request on the mind.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” If that doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will. I have to be honest that the thought of that, of the devil sneaking around looking for ways to trip me up, is angering. Thank God for passages like 1 John 4:4, which promises that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”. With this understanding of the devil’s whole purpose and desire here on earth in the back of my mind, I am inspired to pray for Adam with increased fervor.
If you’re anything like me, I thank God that I am a woman and not a man simply for the assault this world’s fascination with sex makes on our men. Yes, women struggle with sexual sins as well, but I find that a good portion of our fashion, our entertainment, and even our sales market in areas completely unrelated to sex are designed in such away as to play with the hearts and desires of men.
My man is assaulted daily by this world we live in, and the devil is running wild looking for ways to tear him down and to tempt him to turn from the Lord in much the same way that Satan strove to destroy Job. With this sobering thought on my heart, purity and protection have become the two focuses of my prayers this week.
I was reading Proverbs 2 recently, and I began to notice the “if,…then..” concept found within this passage. The chapter starts off with a father calling his son to be attentive to wisdom, to pursue Godly knowledge, and to seek spiritual understanding. In even just the first 4 verses of this chapter, we find that there is then 18 verses of promises for those that “seek [understanding] like silver.” One of the good consequences of pursuing wisdom and understanding is protection. Yes, protection. This protection is from the ways of evil (v.12), from the deception of one’s own heart (v.10-11), from those who seek to tear him down (v.12-15), and from the wiles of the evil woman (v.16-19).
Could you beg for anything more than protection from the hand of the devil and the distractions of this world? I know that I cannot. So, I join the writer of proverbs and seek wisdom like it is “hidden treasure” and pray that same thing for my husband.
Today I prayed the following for my own husband and I challenge you to do the same:
I know that the devil is out prowling for the heart of my husband, seeking to distract him, to tear him down, to pull his spiritual eyes from You, and to offer him the passing pleasures of this world. Lord, Satan is using this world, its acceptance of evil, its deceptive and selfish men, its sensual temptations, and its promiscuous women to try to trip him up to lose sight of the spiritual prize.
I pray that you would fill my husband with a desire, a hunger, a burning passion for the Wisdom found only in you, the knowledge that is of eternal things, the understanding of that which is eternal. Consume the mind of this man so that he is protected from his own heart, from the passing distractions of this world, and from the wiles of this harm-seeking devil.
Teach me, Lord, to serve him more excellently, to pray for him more effectively, and to love him more completely.
What are you praying for your husband this week?
*Here’s an Idea*
Pray for your husband through the chapters of Proverbs. Let him know what passage you’re praying through for him. Let him know that his spiritual growth and the protection of his heart and mind for you, yes, but for Him most of all is something you pray for daily.