Monday, April 27, 2009

1 Corinthians for a wife

I'm reading this book with a couple of girlfriends and this prayer was at the end of chapter 3. I thought is was so great I had to share.

If I teach Bible study classes, volunteer for women's ministry, and sing in the choir, but do not love my husband, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.  If I have a college degree, high paying job, and successful career, but do not love my husband, I am emotionally and spiritually bankrupt.  If I have faith that can move mountains, am quick to pray for those in need, and even have half the bible memorized, but do not love my husband, I am disobedient and do not please God.  If I keep a spotless house maintain a well manicured lawn, and prepare nutritionally balanced meals, but do not love my husband, it is all for naught.  Hired hands can do as much.

Lord, help me to be patient. Help me to be kind.  I pray that I will not envy others who have seemingly happier marriages and husbands who are more helpful around the house or thoughtful or romantic. I pray that I will never try to lift myself up by putting my husband down.  Lord, I pray that I will not be a proud woman who refuses to listen to her husband, who always have to have the last word, who always thinks her way is best.  I pray that I will not be rude to my husband with curt comments, disregards his needs, or be ungrateful for all he does and is, but treat him with respect and honor that the king of the castle deserves.

I pray that I will not be self-serving, always thinking about what is best for me, but thinking of what would be best for my husband.  I pray that I would not be angered easily, not hold a grudge, not keep a record of wrongs, not plan ways to retaliate, and not use my tongue as a weapon to cause pain.  I pray that I will not rejoice and say "I told you so" when things don't work out the way my husband hoped.

Lord, above all I pray that my husband will see me as his chief cheerleader who desires to rejoice with him in his victories, both big and small.  That he will see me as one who longs to protect our marriage and our love.  Help me to create a warm and loving environment in which he feels safe, wanted and revered.  I pray that You will give me endurance when things get tough.  Help the word "divorce" to never enter my mind or cross my lips as an option.  Lord, I know that love never fails and that You never fail.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to give me the endurance to stand up under trials and love my husband as You would have me love him - till death do us part.
In Jesus' name, amen.

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