Heather Marshall on December 4th, 2008

I was convicted recently … I came to the realization that I have been doing my husband a MAJOR disservice by not regularly, specifically, and fervently praying for him!

The prayer of a righteous [wo]man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16(b)

Now, I pray all day long… and often it’s for my husband, but I’m talking about prayers that are not just for the current, daily, “help him get through his day” kind of prayers.  Prayers for his spiritual growth, leadership, career, future, ministries……. deep, life-changing, empowering prayers that only a wife would pray.

And I, the wife, fell short.

Am I responsible for my husband’s failings? His discouragements? Temptations? Self-image? No…. but at the same time, yes!

Yes? Well…. Here’s why I say that:

Are you praying for the areas where your husband fails? Gets discouraged or tempted? Has low self-image?  If not, you’re not guarding him against attacks from Satan in those areas.  I’m not saying that he’ll be perfect if you pray, but…..  it’s been known to help!

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Stormie O’Martian has an AMAZING book called, “The Power of a Praying Wife,” which I highly recommend for ALL wives.  (Not a wife? There’s also “The Power of a Praying Woman” and “The Power of a Praying Husband” …. or click HERE for other options!)

In this book, she not only explains the importance of prayer, and not only gives the topics of what to pray for our husbands…she goes so far as to give SAMPLE PRAYERS to pray!!  Sounds weird, but these prayers are so full of the Holy Spirit that it doesn’t feel weird to pray them!

The best part? Instead of praying to change our husbands, the first chapter (& prayer) is devoted to praying for his wife. That’s right… you’ll be praying for yourself to change, to be a better wife.  It’s quite amazing, convicting, and empowering all in one.

That’s all I’m going to say for now…. because I’m going to go spend some time in fervent prayer for my husband…. and his wife. ;)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

Check out the book…. you won’t be disappointed!  There’s also a handy little “Book of Prayers” that’s full of only the prayers, in an easy-to-carry-in-your-purse size that’s worth getting, too!

Keep on Striving - in Prayer!!

Heather :)

919244: The Power of a Praying Wife The Power of a Praying Wife

By Stormie Omartian

Bestselling author Stormie Omartian inspires women to develop a deeper relationship with their husbands by praying for them. The Power of a Praying Wife—now with a fresh new cover design— is packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas of a husband’s life including his decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, role as father and leader, and his faith and future. Every woman who desires a closer relationship with her husband will appreciate the life illustrations, select Scripture verses, and the assurances of God’s promises and power for their marriage.

PS - I’d love to hear your success stories in prayer, or your thoughts on these books, or even your prayer requests! Leave a comment below!  (…and don’t forget to check for your confirmation email if you subscribe to the Striving Wives newsletter!)

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13 Responses to “The Power of a Praying Wife”

  1. Hey Heather! Thanks for this post! Jayson and I read these books when we were 1st married almost 7 years ago now, and I re-read the power of a praying wife probably about a year and a half ago, anyways I have forgotten alot of these things! Thanks for encouraging us and inspiring us to be praying for our hubby’s in deeper ways!!!! Love ya girl!!!

  2. Well, I just tried leaving a comment, but it doesn’t look like it worked. So anyways, so I’m not a wife or a female for that matter! ;)

    But I just wanted to say how nice it is to see people take prayer seriously. As a man and a husband, it’s great to know your wife cares enough to pray for you… So keep up the great work!

    Oh, can I recommend a book on prayer? It’s an intense book that will make you think: http://www.amazon.com/Destined.....amp;sr=1-1

  3. hey heather,
    i dont have your email but i found out im 8 weeks pregnant!
    just wanted to share with you!!!

  4. i am in the middle of this book, too and i am loving it! i am trying to make this a daily occurrance, and although i have not succeeded yet, i know that God will bless my efforts :)

  5. This IS a great book! Definitely highly recommended for all wives :) I’ve read a few of her other books too & thought they were good! Great post Heather!

  6. I love the commitment you have one to another!
    Great post!

  7. Thanks for the prayers honey! It’s interesting that you are posting this because I just got the “Power of a Praying Husband” back out about 2 weeks ago and thought the same thing. I love you!

    Jason

  8. Is this book good for ladies that are preparing for marriage?

  9. Alexis, this is a GREAT book… it can start you praying for your husband-to-be (and yourself, which the first part covers) …nothing like covering your upcoming marriage in a blanket of prayer! :)

  10. ” Created To Be A Help Meet” By Debi Pearl.. Heard it was a good book… Has anyone read that book?

  11. this is a great book, i mean very very great.

  12. stellah naomi wanjiku
    May 29th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    i love ur books stormie.may God always bless you

  13. How do I get to order the books I want? are there any nearer bookshop in my place. Tanzania Dare es Salaam East Africa

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