We Can Pray For Our Wife Today

Father forgive me for not loving the mate that you gave me as she so needs and deserves. Oh God, what grace for you to have given her to me. She has now for these many days walked the walk of faith with me. She has encouraged me beyond measure, made laughter my friend, reared the most wonderful children beyond what mere man can even imagine, and not faltered in our tumultuous journey.

You have used her to mold me into a better dad, husband, friend, and follower of you. Our differences have blessed me with peaks of unadulterated giddiness and challenged me to humility and holiness beyond what I could have ever imagined.

Her uniqueness has caused me to face my own sinfulness in ways I surely would have shunned without her, for truly marriage, although densely peppered with bliss and joy, is the crucible of exposing sin and drawing one to holiness if they desire, and I do.

I do so desperately want to love as you love. I want to love my dear wife far more than I do or can on my own; although I love her more than anyone other than you. I want to love her with the love of your glory. There is no woman on earth that I want other than the one you have most graciously given me, and for that I thank Thee; but I so want to love her as my Lord Jesus “loves the church.”

That I love her so passionately and singularly can only be attributed to what you have done in my life even though she is on her own so deserving of such love, for I am, without your work and constant convicting, healing, and growing, woefully incapable of such love.

I pray for her to know my love daily. Help me to encourage and accept her; may you fill her days with reminders of your love for her and how you have and are using her. Protect her from making decisions without sufficient thought and continue to enrich lives through her heart of joy, sacrifice for others, love of family, love of you, and bountiful and generous giving heart.

A Prayer to Disesteem Me

I pray with John, “Oh that I might decrease that you might increase” (John 3:30). Let every compliment that I am paid because of my teaching, ministering, or helping people spiritually be immediately directed toward You, the rightful recipient. Let me not see myself as my friends or enemies see me, but only as you see me through the eyes of holiness, redemption, and grace.

Help me to see me last, lower than my peers, and may pride be immediately vanquished so that my mind may be stayed on You. May every compliment, every promotion, every success, every reward, every accolade, every accomplishment cause me to give thanks to You the giver of all and never be a cause for boasting in me. And yet, may I ever so gently receive and direct those thoughts with regard to the giver so that my humility does not become false humility or hurt those whom You love and have been gracious through.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12)

A Prayer to Love as God Loves

By Your grace that has so radically and eternally changed me and Your Holy Spirit within me, the cry of my regenerated heart through the otherwise impervious layers of sin and selfishness is that my inner man wants to love, and love like You love me the most unfathomable thought I could ever have.

Oh God, beyond my ponderings at heaven’s glory and wonder at the power of the forever sea is my ever-present humbling marvel at how You could can love me when You know my selfishness, sin, and un-Christlikeness. I live in grace because my constant failings are always before me, not in pessimism nor defeatism, but in the liberty and love of Your grace.

Let me love others with total disregard for myself. Let me see their failings and know even their assailing against me or my family, and let me love them like You do. Guard my heart and mind from the plethora of modern unbiblical ways that eschew the word sin and therefore the need to repent, but allow me to truly love as You and enjoy the restoration of relationship when repentance is present.

I choose love, gentleness, forgiveness, turning them over to You, rather than bitterness, sin, resentment. Thank You my Lord for even my desire to make that choice, for without You I would not and could not; although, in my sin I could easily cloak it in what You know to be self-righteousness.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

Praying Against Bitterness

Oh Lord please, I beseech you, guard my heart, and mind. Guard them from pondering ingratitude, betrayals, arrogant religious talk, and others self-righteousness lest I become what you loathe. For to ponder such can only lead to dying from within as the root of bitterness’s fecundity produces growth that chokes the Word in my life and makes repentance seem so distant and hard, producing ungodly talk and self-defense.

Please dear Lord, let my thoughts be spent not upon such that leads to bitterness. Rather may my meditations hover in the rays of your grace and love, which leads to praising you and walking with you. May bitterness be overcome with blessing and anger with thanksgiving. May hurts from others be subdued by my contemplation upon your undeserved goodness to me each and every day.

I pray the very same for those whom I hurt through my own thoughtlessness and insensitivity. Grant them not to be tempted by my failures, but only by your grace drawn more closely to you.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15).


A Simple Prayer For Godly Eating When Blessed By Abundance

May I honor You with gratefulness and reject every sinful prompting to chronicle my “woes” as long as the world stands.

Lord I pray to be convicted when I complain about a lack of ice while there are children who die daily because of contaminated water. Teach me the godly discipline of silence before I complain of inconveniences when children’s parents are taken from them in war. Forgive me of my prideful, arrogant, and bovaristic complaining; moreover, may I walk in the Spirit so as not to grumble of being overfull because of abundance while children whom You love starve.

I pray on this day that I will never overeat again, while children want for food, so that I may not sin against You in gluttony, self-centeredness, and pride.

May my diet be spiritual before physical, and may I eat with thanksgiving until I am not hungry rather than to a state of overindulgence because it is there. May I do this so long as there are little children whose stomachs hurt because of hunger and parasites from unsanitary conditions.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)

A Simple Prayer for Living in the World but Not of It

Lord, let me touch the things around me, but not cling to them. Let me hold things necessary for physical life, but not own them. Let me have You as the only end and the end to every thought and endeavor.

Lord let my joy be divine, coming from You, and be experienced in communion with You. Lord may my life be Your tool, my will be Your will, my desires have You as the always end.

Oh my Lord, You are my master, object of praise and devotion, and You are my friend; You have never turned Your face from me, though I from You, and You have protected me from myself more times than I can count.

Thank You, in my words, from my heart, and may You see it in my life.

A Husband Who Embraces Death

May I be the husband of the Scripture. I know all too well that these are tritely impious words if I shun death. For I shall never love as Christ loved me, nurture as Christ has nurtured me, protect as Christ has protected me, or bless and edify as Christ has edified me unless I die to self. But oh my Lord Jesus, dying is so dreadfully painful and difficult because my flesh is so brutally enthralled with the sensate stimuli of this world.

For my flesh passionately desires to be served, recognized, encouraged, extolled, catered to, agreed with, and know the future is secure, and therefore opposes with a hellish ferocity even the very mention of death. Although I surrender to die to self and make no place for the deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19), it is a daily and at times moment-by-moment battle, for the flesh vigorously and rigorously wills to live, and so my flesh and spirit are in constant war (Galatians 5:17).

With bemoaning so deep in my being that I dare not, yea even cannot utter it, I have often been startled as one stormed in the still of night with the truth, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).

May I be meek, not weak and not relish in ingratitude.

For I must not merely be willing to die, I must choose death, pursue death, and will to being devoured by death so that Christ may live through me so that “I may know the power of the resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings” (Philippians 4:10).