- Pray that he will love his wife as Christ loves the church. "Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her...husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies...he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church" (Eph.5:25¬32). "Husbands love your wives and do not be harsh with them" (Col.3:19). "Husbands in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life so that nothing will hinder your prayers" (1 Pe.3:7).
The family is the foundation of our society. That makes it an extremely important issue to cover in prayer! The institution of marriage is under attack. Families are stressed by financial issues. Families are separated due to work and military duties. We need to pray for families!
Imagine every family led by a husband and father who consciously released the dreams of his wife and children. Imagine wives who made it their priority to encourage their husband to dream, and who spoke prophetically into it.
This section provides prayer points to cover for families in our state and across the nation.
- Pray that she will submit to her husband in everything as the church is submissive to Christ (Eph.5:2224). "Wives in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that if any of them do not believe the Word they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes" (1 Pe.3:13) "...the wife must respect her husband" (Eph.5:33).
Pray for those without a voice (the unborn, children, persecuted Christians, politically disenfranchised); the poor, the refugee, the orphan, the widow, and those in need. The thoughts and intents of our prayers should be guided by Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Zechariah 7:9 "Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart."
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
By Kim Butts
One of the most wondrous of all miracles is how God sent His only Son into the world to redeem us. The literal meaning of "redeem" is "to obtain release by means of payment." Other meanings of redeem are: to compensate for, save, exchange, buy back, release, liberate, free, deliver and rescue. Jesus came to redeem us from the bondage of sinful lives. He came to bring deliverance from evil and injustice. By His birth, life and ultimate sacrifice upon the cross, Jesus Christ became our Kinsman-Redeemer. Take some time to read the book of Ruth with your family in order to understand the beauty of what God made possible for us.