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The Power of a Praying Wife

By Whitney Rousseau

I have to tell you something, I’m single.

And I know what you are going to say “How can you talk about a praying wife book if you aren’t even married?” Well, this wise woman taught me that in Proverbs 31, it says the virtuous wife does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life.  See the significance?  Not just the rest of her life, or since she met him, but all the days of her life.  I may not be married, but I hope to be one day, and I want to start doing my husband good now.  What better way is there than to pray for him?  That being said, here’s why I love this book.

First off, its set up with 30 chapters, so you can do one chapter a day and pray for your husband all month long, every month.  Each chapter has a different topic for you to pray about such as his integrity, his work, his relationships, etc.  Another wise woman taught me to write one topic on each for the chapters of Proverbs, and when I read the Proverb of the day, to also pray for my husband using the corresponding topic.  I delight in practical application.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Stormie Omartian starts the book with addressing the wife.  She tells the reader how originally she wanted to manipulate her husband to do what she thought he should be doing.  God had to teach her to change herself so that she would align with God’s will and what He thought her husband should be doing.

“First of all, let me make it perfectly clear that the power of a praying wife is not a means of gaining control over your husband, so don’t get your hopes up!”

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. She talks about how you can’t change people, only God can do that.  What you can do is pray for someone and step back to let God do the work. Most of the time that starts with changing your own attitude and perspective.

“Change him, Lord.” My favorite three word prayer had to change to God’s favorite three word prayer “Change me, Lord.”

With quotes like that from just the first chapter you know this book is a good one!  The rest of the book talks about different things your husband needs prayer for and why they are so important.  Some topics were things I had never thought of praying over like his reputation and his affection.  The topics I had thought of, Stormie narrows them down into specific categories.  Take his walk with God, she has you praying not only for that but also his repentance, his obedience, and his mind.  These are all very important aspects of a person’s walk; I think they need their own day of focus, and apparently so does the author.

This book is great if you have no idea where to start praying for your husband, but it is also good to fill in some of the cracks in that wall of prayer you are already building.  Either way, it’s a book I think every woman should read.  Have you read it yet?