Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. …
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
Head knowledge is good. Scripture knowledge is great. Heart knowledge of the Scriptures prompts me to prayer. I love praying God’s Word.
I also love my husband of 48 years. As I read 1 Corinthians 13, I began to focus upon my relationship with the Lord and with Keith and decided to pray portions of this Scripture.
Father, Your love is so very patient with me, and I long to be patient with Keith.
Your kindness endures forever, and it is such a blessing. Holy Spirit, prompt kindness within my heart, tongue, and actions towards Keith.
I admit that I am sometimes envious of all the opportunities that You have created for him. Lord, forgive me and help me to show Keith how proud I am of him. I admit that I get prideful sometimes. Help me to be humble before this man You created for me. He has taken on a life of service towards me.
Father, you know my heart. Sometimes, I snip at Keith and have a focus on myself. Help me to focus on what is best for our marriage and for him. Slow my anger, and help me to think only good of Keith.
Father, keep Keith from sin. I rejoice in this man You have created and rejoice in all his goodness and truth.
You know all things, and I know that with You as our focus and Keith as my leader, that I can bear all trials and seasons, because I believe he has my best interests at heart. I know that the future with Keith is bright, even though there will be those trials that we endure together.
Your love never fails, and the love You have given Keith and me will never end.
Father, You have given us faith … faith in You and faith in each other. Hope embraces us, but love carries us and will never end.
Thank you Father, for this amazing love! Amen.
How do you pray for your spouse?
What Scriptures do you use to pray?