February 11, 2015
Praying for the Men in Your Life
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).
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Of all the roles and responsibilities that God has given us as women, the position of a prayer warrior or intercessor is perhaps the greatest of all. An intercessor is a person who intervenes or prays for another person. It was derived from the Greek word enteuxis, which means to go before a king with a petition or plea on behalf of someone else. In essence, it means the same thing today. We go before the King of kings with a petition or plea on someone’s behalf. What we accomplish on our knees in the invisible realm will ultimately affect what we see in the visible realm.
As a wife, there is no other person who is more called or more qualified to pray for your man than you. As a mother, there is no other person more qualified to pray for your children than you.
In the Bible, God describes the marriage of a man and a woman as a visual example of the spiritual union between Jesus Christ and the Church (all Christians). Believers are called “the bride of Christ” (Revelation 19:7). A marriage is a walking, talking, earthly example of the heavenly relationship between God’s Son and those who believe on His name. God instructs men, “Love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
There is someone who wants to destroy that living example, and his name is Satan. Jesus said, “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). He desires to destroy the God-ordained and designed institution of marriage. He began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and continues his destructive tactics even today. Satan is not very creative, but he’s very effective, and he uses the same temptations and tactics today that he used in the first marriage on earth. Satan has proclaimed an all-out assault on the family and he begins at the top—with the husband and wife.
If you are married, I encourage you to pray for your marriage. If you are single, I encourage you to pray for the marriages of your friends and family.
So many times we fail to see the real enemy. The writer of Ephesians explains, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
When having a conflict with my husband, I need to stop, take a deep breath, and think…who is the real enemy here? There is a spiritual battle raging all around us that we can’t even see, but is very real. It is the greater reality. It is a battle that is not to be feared, but one that is to be recognized and fought in the only place where it can be won—in prayer.
Below are Scriptures that I use to pray for my husband and my son. I encourage you to pray them over the men in your life.
Dear Lord, I pray for __________ from head to toe.
For my Son—That he will not be tempted by sexual sin. (Matthew 6:13)
Now It’s Your Turn
Consider asking your husband, son, nephew, or male friend for some specific ways that you can pray for him today.
Look up each of the Scripture references above and make the prayers specific to the needs of the person you are praying for.
Find one friend with whom you can pray for your marriage. Commit to pray for each other’s marriage on a regular basis.
Click over to my Facebook page and share your husband, son, or boyfriend’s name. Then pray for the name above yours.
More from the Girlfriends
As a wife, you have been given the privilege of serving as a mighty prayer warrior for your husband. Today’s devotion is just a sample of the power of praying Scripture over your man. Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Daily Guide to Scripture Based Prayer teaches about the importance of each of the 16 landmarks in your man’s life, and gives a comprehensive thirty-day prayer guide to cover him from head to toe. You’ll be equipped and empowered to establish the habit of purposeful prayer in just 5-7 minutes a day! Check it out at www.prayingforyourhusband.com. I’d also encourage you to join me in the 30-Day Prayer Dare!
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