Another month, and another area of prayer focus for our husbands. If you are just joining us, we are committing to chose an area of focus and key scripture to pray over our husbands each and every day for a month at a time. This series is for single women, engaged women, and married women alike.
If you would like to go back to the beginning of this series, you are welcome to start here. Also, if you want to pick from a list of prayers we have done so far, check here (though they won’t be in order).
It is not necessary to start anywhere specific. If you would like to you can start right here today, and continue to follow along by email (I’ll talk about that later).
The most popular prayer for our husbands so far, (in traffic, in Facebook posts, Twitter, Pinterest and by Google search) is Praying Over Your Husband’s Career and Work Ethic. We’ve transitioned away from praying over this area, but I strongly feel it’s time to visit it again with a new focus.
If you are new, set aside as many days this month as you can to focus on this area exclusively. If you’ve been with us for awhile, you should be in the habit of praying daily.
A Working Man
Early in Adam’s life before the fall of man,
The LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
Yes, before any sin had entered the world we know, God expected Adam to work. And it was a blessing, not part of the curse of hard, toiling work (Genesis 3:17-19). Before the fall of man, Adam would enjoy working in Eden.
Most men are driven to work. They desire to work hard and long hours. Some may not have a deep drive to do the 9-5, and may be labeled as “lazy” by modern definition–but if you look deeply into their lives, there is usually something they work long and hard on quite willingly and feel driven to do–even if not for pay.
There is usually something somewhere that a man has to feel “good” at and accomplished with.
Praying Over The Work Of His Hands
Knowing that our men are driven to do something that makes them feel accomplished and respected, it would make sense that we pray for discernment as to where they should be focusing this drive. Even a workaholic may need help discerning where his drive is focused.
It’s also important to understand that even a good-paying, well-respected job could be the wrong place for a man to focus his energy. No matter how perfect life appears, it’s always a good idea to check in with God and ask for guidance for our men and a sense of recommitment to God’s will in our husband’s heart no matter how odd or sudden God’s request may seem.
Are you single? Pray that wherever your husband is, God is not only giving him discernment now as to where he should place his heart when it comes to the work of his hands, but that he would choose to see work as a blessing. Pray he would desire to bless others, but also to think fondly on a time when his work can bless a family.
Pray that the Lord would firmly establish a work ethic in him that his hands would diligently work to do their best at all times without complaining either in word or in his heart. Does that sound hard? Yes! That is why he needs your prayers Friend.
Are you engaged? Pray that in your husband’s soon-to-be role, he would not become so tempted to spend more time with you than he needs to, and thus become bitter toward his job, job-hunt, or time spent away in obedience to God. As women, we always miss our men when they are gone, but God makes it clear our men are to work. Pray he will still stay focused and be driven despite having the temptation of you.
Pray for skillful hands.
Pray for willing hands.
Pray for joyful hands.
Pray for quiet hands–that bring light to the King, and don’t seek prideful self-recognition.
Pray for timely hands–hands that are respectful, punctual, and always first to dig in.
Pray for restful hands–that he would not become a workaholic which leads to neglect in other areas of life or in his family. Men are only humans too. As such, they need rest.
Are you married? You may know better than anyone how to pray over the work of your husband’s hands. But I give you one more challenge to consider. Pray that others would be blessed through the work of your husband’s hands. I personally spent quite a bit of time praying this area over my husband–months in fact–and the results are only believable because I know the power of God.
Are you in a hard marriage right now? Believe it or not, praying for your husband’s work to bless others can be quite rewarding–even if it does take time. It can feel strange if you aren’t happy in your marriage or you feel your husband isn’t giving you what you need.
Before you start this month, I highly encourage you to consider praying specific verses–God’s words–over your husband. Pick one for the month, or one each week to focus on. Any more than that can be overwhelming.
- Drive for work that matters: Proverbs 12:11, 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, Proverbs 24:30-34, Proverbs 13:4, Psalm 127:1
- Treat all work as though it is for God: Colossians 3:23-24, Proverbs 16:3, Ephesians 6:7, Titus 2:7-8
- Perseverance: Philippians 4:13, Luke 1:37, Galatians 6:9, Psalm 138:8
- Skillful work: Proverbs 22:29
- Bless his work: Jeremiah 31:6, Job 1:10, Psalm 37:5
Ready to pray scripture over your husband? I’ll go first:
This is what the Lord says:
“Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:16
Lord You know the situation my husband and I are in with his work. I ask that You protect his heart from sorrow when things aren’t working well according to our plan. I ask that when times look the hardest for us, he is able to have faith in Your perfect and loving plan.
I have faith in and look forward to the reward You will have for him as he continues to walk in obedience working hard in pursuit of Your plans.
I ask today that You bless the work of my husband’s hands, especially when he works for other people–bless them through him, and let Your light shine in his faithfulness.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Your turn Friends. Lift him up regularly and often. Meet me back here in one month.
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What other verses would you pray over your husband this month? Leave them at the bottom if you would to encourage other women this month.