(...Ok so it isn't an "official" one but I thought it would be a good idea.)
In February, a friend and I were working out. She was telling me about how her husband didn't fulfill her needs, didn't have a clue, etc. I've had many conversations with women about how men "don't get it". "If he would just do..." or "If he would just say..." are usually part of the conversation. What it boils down to is..."If he was just perfect like me!!!". Well, I know we aren't perfect but sometimes I think we think it is all our spouse's fault. I realized (and continue to realize) I can't change my husband. Although he is NEAR perfect, there are some things I would love to change about him but I CAN NOT change him. I can't even get him to take multivitamins!!!!
So, instead of having a "male bashing conversation" (which is where it was headed), I decided to do something different this time. I said, "Let's commit to pray for our husband EACH DAY whether we feel like it or not." (What? I couldn't believe that came out of my mouth!! It is much easier to just complain!!!) We decided to read Stormie O'Martain's book "Power of a Praying Wife" which has a prayer for each day.
Each day I prayed for my husband (good days and not so good days). Sometimes I didn't feel like it but I prayed anyway. After the month was over, he didn't change, really, but I changed! Things that bugged me before didn't bug me and I had so much more grace when it came to him. Ugh!!! He was supposed to change...not me! However, maybe it wasn't he who was supposed to change...maybe it was me!
In March, the days I prayed for my husband were usually great. I could tell a difference on the days I didn't pray for him.
There are at least 5-10 people that read my blog. I thought I would challenge y'all as well. Pray for your husband this month. I'll post the prayers everyday. Pray for them each day...see what happens....
(These are from Stormie O'Martian's Power of a Praying Wife)
"Lord, teach me how to pray for my husband and make my prayers a true language of love. Where love has died, create new love between us. Show me what unconditional love rally is and how to communicate it in a way he can clearly perceive.
Bring unity between us so that we can be in agreement about everything (Amos 3:3). May the God of patience and comfort grand us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5).
Make us a team, not pursuing separate, competitive, or independent lives, but working together, overlooking each other's faults and weaknesses for the greater good of the marriage. Help us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19).
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
"Lord, I pray that You would bless the work of my husband's hands. May his labor bring not only favor, success, and prosperity, but great fulfillment as well. If the work he is doing is not in line with Your perfect will for his life, reveal it to him. Show him what he should do differently and guide him down the right path.
Give him strength, faith, and a vision for the future so he can rise above any propensity for laziness. May he never run from work out of fear, selfishness, or a desire to avoid responsibility.
On the other hand, help him to see that he doesn't have to work himself to death for man's approval. Give him the ability to enjoy his success without striving for more. Help him to excel, but free him from the pressure to do so."
Do you see a man who excels in his work?He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.