We previewed “War Room” last night for our church New Year’s Eve event this evening. I was reminded of more things I need to focus upon, develop, and spiritually hone in my life. My favorite part of the movie was actually something in the bonus features. “Modern Day Miss Clara,” introduces viewers to Molly Bruno, a 91-year-old prayer warrior and one of the inspirations behind the character of Miss Clara. Sweet and empowering. I was encouraged by this lady’s example, and inspired to be like her. I found years ago that “My job is not the heavy lifting. That is His job.” I want to realize this even more in the coming year. You too?
Some years ago, I wrote this outline for a ladies retreat. I apologize for any formatting weirdness…I’m copying and pasting from a Word document. I hope it will help others who want to pray for their family more faithfully, and for their husbands in particular:
PRAYING FOR MEN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
No title to this psalm, but it is a companion to Ps. 111. Psalm 111 ascribes praise to God for His glories. Psalm 112 ascribes praise to God for how His glory is manifested in man.
Verse 1—“Blessed”=happy, to be envied
“is the man that feareth the Lord” (reverential awe)
–not “blessed is the powerful, the handsome, the rich man…”
–Jeremiah 9:23,24 (LOOK UP)
Psalm 111:10—this man has begun to have wisdom
God is great =fear
God is good=love
“Jehovah is to be praised both for inspiring men with godly fear and for the blessedness which they enjoy in consequence thereof.” Spurgeon (Phil. 2:17 will & do).
“delighteth greatly in his commandments”
–commandments =law, ordinances
–he delights in God’s directives and glad for the safety of divine restriction
–he is cheerful in obedience, not reluctant
PRAY: That he would fear God. That he would delight in the Word of God. That he would obey God’s commandments.
Verse 2—the upright man leaves a legacy of potential blessing; an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled…
–“Honesty and integrity are better cornerstones for an honorable house than mere cunning and avarice, or even talent and push.” Spurgeon
PRAY: That he will be a consistent example to his children and others. That he would have a faith worthy of imitation.
Verse 3—II Cor. 4:10
–Who can be richer than he who is heir of God and joint heir with Christ?
PRAY: That he would strive to “make others rich”, beginning with his own house.
Verse 4—because of the strength of his faith, he does not fear
–this is the kind of man people look to in adversity
–speaks of a connection between integrity of purpose and clearness of perception
–righteousness=discernment Thos. Chalmers (1847)
–see 111:4 phrase used regarding God “gracious, full of compassion”
–Matt. 5:45 Eph. 5:8 Luke 6:36
PRAY: That he would have discernment, especially in difficulty/temptation
Verse 5—4b lead into this. He considers the needs of others (not “be ye warmed and filled”) type of man. HE is open handed with wealth and talents. He spends, saves, gives and lends in order to fulfill his Father’s will.
–Discretion called the chief of all virtues.
PRAY: That he would have works to prove his faith (James), know how to demonstrate agape (selfless) love, and have the mind of Christ in ordering his affairs.
Verse 6—His character (what God knows us to be) lends itself to a sterling reputation (What men perceive us to be). They are one and the same.
–seeks an everlasting remembrance “Well done” (Mt. 25:21)
–faithful regardless of who is/is not watching
–men pleasers have their only, fleeting reward in this life (Mt. 6)
PRAY: That he would have a tenacity for the truth and a resolve to do right. That he would live his life practicing the presence of Christ—for His approval and not man’s.
Verse 7—when trial touches him personally he has a godly fortitude that gives no consideration to panic, alarm. He is neither fickle nor cowardly, but is quiet and patient, waiting upon God.
–what makes him this way (back to verse 1)
PRAY: that he would have an inner strength and unswerving and fearless dedication to his God.
“God is unchangeable; and therefore faith is invicible, for it sets the heart on Him, fastens it there on the rock of eternity; then let winds blow and storms arise, it cares not.” Robert Leighton
Verse 8—fixed = prepared, set up; established=to sustain, support
–“see his desire”…looks upon his oppressors with confidence
–his desire is not revenge, but rather salvation
–his courage has a firm foundation
PRAY: That his feet may be solidly planted when facing opposition, that he would desire the good of those who would be his enemies.
Verse 9: His motto is “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, Mt. 10:8)
“His life is the result of principle, his actions flow from settled, sure and fixed convictions and therefore his integrity is maintained when others fail.” Spurgeon
PRAY: That he would know the blessedness of giving, realizing how much he has been given.
Verse 10—“The ungodly shall first see the example of the saints to their own condemnation, and shall at last behold the happiness of the godly to the increase of their eternal misery. “ Spurgeon
PRAYING FOR MEN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
Sunday: That he would fear God. That he would delight in the Word of God. That he would obey God’s commandments.
Monday: That he will be a consistent example to his children and others. That he would have a faith worthy of imitation.
Tuesday: That he would strive to “make others rich”, beginning with his own house.
Wednesday: That he would have discernment, especially in difficulty/temptation.
Thursday: That he would have works to prove his faith (James), know how to demonstrate agape (selfless) love, and have the mind of Christ in ordering his affairs. That he would know the blessedness of giving, realizing how much he has been given.
Friday: That he would have tenacity for the truth and a resolve to do right. That he would live his life practicing the presence of Christ—for His approval and not man’s. That his feet may be solidly planted when facing opposition, that he would desire the good of those that would be his enemies.
Saturday: That he would have an inner strength and unswerving and fearless dedication to his God.
Here is a link to the “30-Day Praying for Your Husband” Challenge from Nancy Wolgemuth (newlywed!) at Revive our Hearts.
Here is a link to an excellent, free tool from Proverbial Homemaker to help you in praying for your family more effectively in 2016! Grab it now, and join me on the “front line”!