Day 5 of SHMILY Time journey with Amy at Dandelion Seeds and a group of women on Facebook, praying for our husband while reading through The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. Today we’ve read through Chapter 5:
This chapter shares a couple’s story regarding the lack of affection deeply that was eventually healed through them both taking the problem to their prayer partners. I highly recommend having a prayer partner or two… as we need to remember strength in numbers! The other side of this is for accountability, which we all need from time to time.
Please remember too that situations will not change overnight… we need to be patient and wait on God’s perfect timing while lifting situations up in prayer. When His time comes the Holy Spirit will give guidance for an affirming conversation. Additionally, we are all (wives/husbands) worthy of affection from one another – don’t ever feel like you’re not; as guilt is not from God. His Word shares:
“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:3) (p.71)
Visit Amy’s post for today’s reading as well!
Lord God, I come to You lifting up each marriage… asking & reclaiming a hedge of protection around us. I pray for open communication and physical affection between my husband and me. Enable each of us to lay aside self-consciousness or apathy and be effusive in our display of love. Help us to demonstrate how much we care for and value each other. Remind us throughout each day to affectionately touch one another in some way. Help us to overcome and break through any hardheadedness on our part that refuses to change and grow. If one of us is less affectionate to the others detriment, bring us into balance. Help us to be the examples to our children You want us to be; and to openly confess our errors to them.
Change our habits of indifference or busyness. May we not so take each other for granted that we don’t make the effort to reach out and touch one another with affection. Help us not to weaken the marriage through neglect of this vital means of communications. I pray that we always “greet one another with a kiss of love” (1 Peter 5:14). I ask You Father to fill with the Holy Spirit to transform us and make us the husband and wife You called us to be.
Thank You for Your continued work in us… In Jesus’ name, amen.