This post may contain affiliate links. Shopping through these links is at no additional expense for you, but provides support for The Diligent Woman and their charity choices. Thank you for your support!
New Year Edition
5-Day Prayer Challenge
Praying for your husband and marriage.
You made it to the last day!
Are you looking forward to your prayer time more now? I hope so!
Let’s get right to today’s challenge!
Today’s challenge is to pray as a woman who is striving to be a wife who is pleasing to God. Using Proverbs 31:11, 12, 23, and 27-29 as our guide.
So far, we have learned the basics of prayer. We have prayed to be women who fear the Lord. We have prayed that we might find ways to be beneficial to people around us – at home and outside the home. We have prayed that we will work to use money well to support the efforts needed to help those people.
Today, we pray that we will be a wife who will be a blessing to her husband.
Even though these verses are specific to being a wife – a single woman could pray with them in mind towards being a wife in the future, how she handles herself with the men she is dating, as well as how she handles herself towards anyone in authority over her.
We talked yesterday about bringing money into the household. I mentioned that we would talk about how those efforts are not to take away from the efforts of the man as the head of the house.
I don’t know what other countries are like, but in the USA “EQUAL” is a big word that is thrown around in regard to men and women. It has now gotten to the point that “equal” means the man helps the woman with everything but he has no real value in having done so.
I want to bring it back to a spiritual focus for us.
There is no question that God gave the work around the daily care and keeping of the home and children to the woman. (If you have a question about that, please email me and I will gladly study it with you.) Men did the work of going away from the home and creating the main means of financial livelihood.
This did not mean that women did nothing to bring in an income – as is seen in Proverbs 31, the example of Lydia, and Rachel being a shepherdess.
What these women did not do was to take away the right of authority their men had in their lives.
The woman in Proverbs 31 is a very capable woman. She makes large real estate purchases, hires workers, brings in harvest, and earns money from the produce. She recognizes the needs of the tradesmen she comes in contact with and seizes the chance to earn money by meeting their needs for money belts or belts for holding spices to be sold. She runs her household well; which includes more than her children.
She does all of this – and by so doing her husband
- is able to trust her
- has abundance and
- has good every day of his life.
- is known in the gates
- sits among the elders of the land
- knows his household is cared for
- has children who are happy.
Her behavior moves him to recognize the blessing that she is by telling her and those who know her what an excellent woman she is.
Her work at home allowed them BOTH to be lifted in high esteem at home and among those they knew. She did not find her worth in belittling his.
Sarah is another good example of this. You can study more about how she is in 1 Peter 3:1-6.
As we complete this week of praying for the woman we want to be in 2018 – let’s not forget to pray for how we are as wives.
Use the Prayer Worksheet to write out a prayer considering Proverbs 31:11-12, 23, and 27-29.
Some ideas for prayers would be:
Thanksgiving for your husband, his job, and his willingness to go to work.
Prayers for help to be a woman whose husband can trust her in all things.
Prayers for help to wise with managing money.
Prayers for help to see ways you can do good for him.
Prayers to protect your marriage (1 Cor. 7).
Prayers to help him to have respect at work – not distracting him from his job, supporting efforts to get to know those in authority over him, helping him to cement a good reputation with those he may be in charge over, etc.
Prayers that his work will be successful and fulfilling.
Prayers for help to be willing to submit to his authority (1 Pet. 3; Eph. 5).
As a single woman –
Pray to become a woman who is those things to the man you do marry
Pray that you bring good, abundance, and respect to those you work for.
Pray that you never harm the reputation of your father (if you still live at home, for example) at his place of employment.
Can you think of something else?
The previous days’ prayers overlap to today because those prayers will also benefit your husband and your marriage.
We just need to not forget him when we are praying for the woman we want to be in the coming year.
Woman of the Year!
This is what we are working to be.
It’s not as a prize won over other women.
It is the distinction to the purpose and accomplishment that you have achieved by living out God’s plan for you.
I am going to be a woman of God for the year – and it starts with one day. We have 365 days of hope in His promises of blessings and protection if we follow Him. Thank you, LORD!
You can be a woman of God this year! Trust, pray and obey every day.
That’s it! You made it through. Thank you for being here with me this week. If I have misused scripture in any way, please be my friend and point it out to me. Also, if there is something that wasn’t covered thoroughly that you would like to study, send me an email. I would love to study further with you.
With all diligence,
Angela – The Diligent Woman
PS – I want to leave a few verses with you.
Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:33-34 “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
And Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Romans 8:26-27 specifically states that the Spirit up in heaven will pray for you when you do not have the words.
The other two references remind us of why we would add “in Jesus’ name” to our prayers. Because Jesus is standing between us and God. He is taking our case to God the Father. This would include the prayers that call on God for things that are according to His will.
God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. They are working to HELP you. They want you to be one with God. They want you to be in communication with the Father. They want you to write the word the Spirit revealed in the scriptures on your heart, so you can speak them.
This prayer thing. This thing that can seem so daunting. This thing we are afraid to begin because we might mess it up. We are putting too much faith in ourselves when we do this. We are not putting enough faith in God and His promises.
God has promised to hear His people. A wonderful exercise, for another day, is to go through each Psalm. Just looking for “God hears” or “Lord hear”. See just how many times the Psalmists trusted that God WOULD hear. It is powerful.
Don’t forget to catch our last Facebook Live in the 5-Day Prayer Challenge New Year Edition Facebook Event!