This morning I awoke to sunshine, iced tea, and the cries of an almost 4 month old little boy in the bedroom next to mine. Groggily, I rolled out of bed and went to the kitchen to warm up a bottle of milk to fill his little tummy. My husband was bundled up tight under blankets in our bed, softly snoring and as my bare feet padded through our home I was reminded of what a blessed woman I am. Days filled with little fingers and little toes, making dinner for the one I love, vacuuming, sweeping, feeding, holding, cuddling, loving, praying.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
What does it mean to be a woman of prayer? The Lord says to pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17) but what does that really mean?
I believe that prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have to be able to protect, love, nurture, provide, and grow our homes and families. When God sent His Holy Spirit to be present with us He gave us a guide, a teacher, and a friend who listens. Not only that but He cares deeply about the things in your heart. What a blessing it is to be able to give our concerns, worries, fears, joys, pain, laughter, and blessings to the Lord! Personally, the Holy Spirit touches my heart in special ways when I bring before Him the needs of my family and in the process I am taught about the heart of my Father in Heaven.
As a single woman, searching and hoping to someday meet the man of my dreams, I prayed often for direction and guidance. I prayed for this man I had not met, that the Lord would protect him and comfort him and be near to his heart. Now, as a fairly new bride I am learning to continue joyfully praying for this wonderful man, my husband, which the Lord has given me. As my husband leaves for work I should wrap my arms around him and pray for his day, for his protection, for the meetings he has and the people he will encounter. As I do the dishes and clean the bathroom I should be praying with a thankful heart for his job that provides for our wonderful home and the food that we eat. As I dive into God’s word with an open spirit I should be upholding my husband’s faith, future, hopes, dreams, wisdom, reputation, integrity, and relationships in prayer. And as we turn out the lights and tuck in our little boy for the night we whisper prayers of thanksgiving to God for our family and our relationship to each other. Being able to intercede in prayer for your spouse is perhaps one of the most truly valuable gifts you could give to them. You make him a priority in your prayer life and the Lord will bless your relationship more than you could ever imagine!
“Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.” Lamentations 2:19
Speak blessings over your children and pray for them to accept the Lord, to grow in wisdom and strength, to become men and women of integrity, patience, peace, and virtue. I pray for my little son, Elisha Michael – may the Lord bless you with a measure of faith that is deep, strong, and unfailing. As we raise you with a solid foundation built on faith in God, may your own relationship with the Lord always give you the courage to trust Him no matter what is going on in your life. (Romans 12:3)
I encourage you dear friends to pray for your families and your homes. There is no greater weapon against the devil and his schemes. There is power in speaking the Word of truth and power in speaking your prayers to the Lord.
“I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.” Isaiah 44:3
In His love,
(pictures courtesy of Ann Voskamp at www.aholyexperience.com)