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Bro, Pray This for Your Wife

Posted on April 1, 2015  · View Comments

by Gary Chester Morse (1945-2010)

Hey bros, pray this for your wife:

 

Father,

I said, "Til death do us part" -- I want to mean it. Help me love you more than her, and her more than anyone or anything else. Help me bring her into Your presence today. Make us one, like You are three-in-one.

I want to hear her, cherish her, and serve her --

So she would love You more and we can bring You glory.

Amen.**

 

This prayer is pretty extraordinary.  Think of the radical pleas contained in it.  

 

1)  Help me to love You more than her.  The reason for this prayer is that I'll actually wind up loving her more passionately (Ephesians 5:28).

 

2)  I want to hear her, cherish her, and serve her.  This goes against my lower nature (flesh - KJ), the desires and impulses that stem from the body.   The reason is that my uncrucified flesh wants her to hear ME, cherish ME, and serve ME, not vice versa (Galatians 5:16-18).  I can only pray this prayer fervently -- and not begrudgingly -- under the power of God's spirit who lives in each person that's personally had a life-changing encounter with the one who was raised from the dead (Romans 8:5). 

 

3)  So she would love you more and we can bring you glory.  Isn't this what all of us guys who love Christ want for our soul mates, that she'll be growing and changing in her faith.  There is, of course, a payoff here for the husband (not that any of us so pure in deeds would be so prone as to even desire such a payoff).  The payoff is that the more a wife loves God, the more she will love and care for her man.

 

After years of being a Christian, and seeing many so divorces among my Christian brothers I have found this to be true: A man who will pray such a prayer consistently, is a man with a happy home.  If a man has a happy home, he has joined the ranks of the men who win!

 

**Gary's comments are on the prayer that's contained in a book, The Marriage Prayer, by David Delk and Patrick Morley.


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