Fervent prayer is tremendously powerful. Praying for your husband is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your marriage. Calling on God to bless your husband will not only benefit him; it will transform your entire family for the better.
There are numerous ways to cover your husband in prayer. Here are 10 important prayers to lift your husband up as you walk through life together.
Pray for his ability to lead spiritually.
Your husband is meant to be the spiritual leader of your family. The book of Ephesians says, “The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church…” (5:23 MSG). If your husband is already a strong spiritual leader, pray for him to grow in faith and to remain steadfast over the years.
Many men are not equipped to lead their families spiritually. If you find that you and your husband are in this position, pray for him to be strengthened over time. Ask for doors to be opened in his life that will draw him closer to God. In the meantime, live a holy life and treat your husband with respect, “so that even if some [husbands] do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives” (1 Peter 3:1 ESV).
Pray for his prayer life.
Your husband’s relationship with God is integral to his growth as a spiritual leader–and, in fact, his growth in all areas of life. Pray fervently that he will faithfully reach out to God in prayer in good times and in bad. Encourage him to spend time alone with God, but also to lead your family in prayer.
Pray for your marriage.
Keeping God first in your marriage is critical to its success. Pray that your husband will follow God’s expectations of him, and pray that you will also be a godly wife to your husband. Ask that the two of you will come out of hard times stronger and closer than ever, and that no internal or external factors will be allowed to divide you. “Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart” (Matthew 19:6 MSG).
Pray for his strength of character.
J.C. Watts famously said, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” The quality of your husband’s character will either positively or negatively impact every part of your lives. Pray for him to consider his actions and his effect on others through the lens of his character, and that he will always seek to self-improve.
You’ll see him at his best and at his worst–and often, you’ll be the only one who sees how he operates when no one else is looking. Always encourage him to make the right choices, especially when it’s most difficult. Use your unique influence as his wife to help him be the best version of himself, and pray for your own ability to help him safeguard his character.
Pray for his relationship with your children.
If you have children, ask God to help your husband have a close, loving relationship with them. Pray for his ability to lead them by example. Pray that he will be able to level with them and see the world through their eyes as he makes daily decisions about guidance and discipline. If your husband is trying to break dysfunctional patterns inherited from his family of origin, pray specifically for him to be able to overcome them.
Pray over your sex life.
It may seem like an awkward suggestion, but praying for your sex life to flourish is an amazing way to bless your husband (and you will definitely be blessed, as well). God is pleased when you are fully engaged with one another. Involving Him in the most intimate part of your life will allow the two of you to connect fully the spiritual level that God intends for husbands and wives to experience. You can never go wrong with asking God to bless your lovemaking!
Pray for him to remain at peace through adversity.
When hard times come, be armed with the prayer that, no matter what may happen, God will shower His peace over your husband, as well as your family. In the book of Philippians, we’re instructed on specifically how to ask for peace: “[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (4:6-7 ESV).
Turmoil, tragedy, and stress can easily rob a marriage of its intimacy, a family of its closeness, and a person of his or her spirit. Pray that your husband will be able to persevere through the inevitable storms, and pray that he will instill God’s peace in you and your children as he leads you.
Pray for a successful career path.
These days, many men (and women!) find themselves floundering in their careers. They’re staring down job shortages, economic woes, and a myriad of other challenges. Perhaps your husband has taken a job just to get by–maybe it’s not in his field of expertise, or maybe it’s with a less than stellar company. He might be pushing forward every day despite being miserable in his job.
Support him and pray for him in his current circumstances, but also pray that he will be able to transition into a career that is fulfilling and rewarding. Pray that he will be able to use his God-given talents to earn a living for your family, and that he will be blessed with a vocation he’s passionate about.
Pray for his safety and good health.
It’s a no-brainer: your husband’s health and safety are vitally important. Cover your husband in prayer daily as he goes about his business, asking God to protect him in every way. Who better to ask for protection that the Lord himself? He is the ultimate guardian.
Pray for his dreams to be fulfilled.
Whether or not you know all your husband’s hopes and dreams, pray that God will bless and fulfill the ones that are in line with His will for your family. Supporting your husband’s dreams, both through prayer and in your relationship with him, will energize and motivate him.
Your support, or lack thereof, will make or break him. Combine your supportive presence with fervent prayer in his favor, and watch him thrive.