Monday, March 4, 2013

Loving Prayer

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Prayer was something I never took seriously early on in my Christian walk. I don't ever remember thinking that it made a difference. After getting married to my wonderful wife, I have learned a lot more about prayer and have even had tangible things come from prayer. One would even say I have been converted to the importance of prayer. While we are not perfect about it, Kristin and I try to end our days with praying together at night. Usually we talk on the way home from work and during that time we actually hear a lot of prayer requests, even though they are not asked.

Throughout our marriage I have seen prayer become very effective when it comes to making big life decisions. Any major life choices that we have made have come with a lot of prayer. This I think is one of the things that makes our marriage work well.

Why do I bring these things up, well recently I have begun a new prayer regime you might say. I don't remember where I got this list of things to pray for but I have taken to praying it every morning when I get to school. Selfless prayer is difficult and I am always looking for help. It's easy to ask God for things for yourself but the act of praying for another is difficult unless you have something to pray for. This list is just a general list but one with the focus of trying to have a wife that is connecting to God. I think I got this list from Desiring God twitter feed, which is part of John Piper's ministries.

So Here is the list, if you would like the pdf just drop me a line and I can email it to you

  1. God, be her God — her all-satisfying treasure and all. Make her jealous for your exclusive supremacy in all her affections (Psalm 73:24–25).
  2. Increase her faith — give her a rock-solid confidence that your incomparable power is only always wielded for her absolute good in Christ (Romans 8:28–30).
  3. Intensify her joy — a joy in you that abandons all to the riches of your grace in Jesus and that says firmly, clearly, gladly: “I’ll go anywhere and do anything if you are there” (Exodus 33:14–15).
  4. Soften her heart — rescue her from cynicism and make her tender to your presence in the most complicated details and a multitude of other needs you’ve called her to meet (Hebrews 1:3).
  5. Make her cherish your church — build relationships into her life that challenge and encourage her to walk in step with the truth of the gospel, and cause her to love corporate gatherings, the Lord’s Table, and the everyday life of the body (Mark 3:35).
  6. Give her wisdom — make her see dimensions of reality that I would overlook and accompany her vision with a gentle, quiet spirit that feels safe and celebrated (1 Peter 3:4).
  7. Sustain her health — continue to speak your gift of health and keep us from presumption; it is by blood-bought grace (Psalm 139:14).
  8. Multiply her influence — encourage and deepen the impact she has on our children. Give her sweet glimpses of its fruit. Pour her out in love for our neighbors and spark creative ways to engage them for Jesus’s sake (John 12:24).
  9. Make her hear your voice — to read the Bible and accept it as it really is, your word... your very word to her where she lives, full of grace and power and everything she needs pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
  10. Overcome her with Jesus — that she is united to him, that she is a new creature in him, that she is your daughter in him. . . No longer in Adam and dead to sin; now in Christ and alive to you, forever (Romans 6:11).

P.S. After a week I am still eating mostly healthy and have kept the weight off

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