Have you prayed a great, impossible prayer? Did you have faith that your request would be answered in the way you desired? What if you prayed like Jesus? What if you prayed for a strengthened marriage?
Have you prayed for your marriage … for your husband?
Peter and John approached the entrance of the temple. A lame man sat at the gate begging for money.
“Look at us,” Peter said.
The man looked at Peter and John, expecting to receive money.
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’” (Acts 3:6).
Peter took the man by his right hand and raised him up.
The man leaped for joy, praising God. All the people who saw the miracle marveled. Peter took the opportunity to tell the crowd about Jesus.
The priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees were not happy. They had Peter and John arrested. They were questioned and released the next day with the command not to preach about Jesus again.
Peter and John met with their friends and told them everything that had happened. The believers prayed for boldness to preach the gospel.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” Acts 4:31.
Focused on Jesus, the believers prayed believing that God would give them the boldness that they did not possess. On their own, they did not have the courage to defy the rulers’ command.
“The faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ’s ability to do and to do greatly is the faith which prays greatly,”E.M. Bounds.
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“But He [Jesus] said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” Luke 18:27
We can pray great prayers for our marriages. We may not be able to rise above our difficulties in our marriage with our own strength, but Jesus is our strength, and nothing is impossible with Him in our presence. Jesus in us – Christians are one with Jesus. Husbands and wives are one with Jesus.
We Can Pray Like Jesus
Although the cross was facing Him, Jesus was not focused on His upcoming suffering but on glorifying God and praying for His followers.
In John 17, we find Jesus praying for His followers, followers during His life and in the future. Jesus prayed for you and me.
“ The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.” (John 17:22-23)
Jesus prayed for unity with God and unity in the believers. What if you and I prayed for unity in our marriages … unity with God and with each other?
Jesus prayed for His followers to be made perfect through God. What if you and I prayed for our husbands to be made perfect, complete, and whole through God?
Jesus prayed that the love that God had for Jesus would be present in His believers. What if we prayed that the love that God had for Jesus would be present in our marriages? What if we prayed that we would shine God’s love upon our husbands?
Jesus, talking to His Father on behalf of you and me – on behalf of our husbands – for unity. Jesus wants unity for us as a church and unity in our marriages.
We can be united with our husbands as one in Jesus. Jesus is all-powerful. His prayer was focused and full of faith that his world-changing prayer would bless the Father and His followers, both then and in the future.
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Friend, we can expect great things from our Almighty God. Let’s pray for our husbands as we’ve never prayed before. Let’s pray like Jesus. Let’s ask Him to strengthen our marriages.
Let’s pray for unity – that they would have unity with God and with us.
Let’s pray that they would see God’s love in us and that they would draw near to God’s love for them.
Let’s pray that God will abundantly bless our husbands.
Our Father in heaven, nothing is impossible with You. Thank You for sending Your Son to the world to show us the way and to pay the price for our sins. We ask that You bring unity in our marriages, unity with You, and unity with each other. Help us to reflect Your love upon our husbands, and cause us both to draw nearer to You and to each other. Lord, rain down Your blessings upon our husbands and increase our love for each other. Thank You for Your great love for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.
Please share how you are praying for your husband in the comments below.
 E.M. Bounds, On Prayer (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books. 1990), 14.