31 Days of Prayer for Husbands

The “Spiritually Single” page caught my attention while I was on Facebook the other day. I saw the 31 Days of Prayer for My Husband on it and thought,why encourage its use at the House of Prayer Experience meeting for  31 days leading up to Father’s Day?

Here it is below with the mention of  Shayla’s Blog. I don’t know her but I have been  impressed by  its Christ-centered message. So I asked her if it’d be okay to post the prayer prompts here, and she graciously said yes.

I especially  like this idea of praying for your husband whether or not you are married. If you plan on being married or wish to be married one day, why not begin praying for your future husband now?

She  also has 31-Day Prayers for wives,children,pastors…check it out for yourself. It might inspire you with some new ideas on how to encourage shared prayer experiences with your group or congregation.

What do you think about this one? How would you plan on using this prayer guide with your group?

31 Days of Prayer for My Husband

PRAY’ 11, Day 2: Single or Unmarried Adults

January 2, 2011

Feel free to use your own words while praying for today’s group. Single or Unmarried Adults are an increasing majority in the world today. The pressure of being a Christian single person in a society that often dismisses the strive for physical purity or monogamy can be pretty difficult. The prayer requests from this group range from asking for healing from a difficult divorce, wisdom in raising children alone, to finding compatible partnership or a spiritual community that they may become part of.

There is also expressions of gratitude for the privilege and unique opportunities that their single status has opened up for ministry or other positive life experiences!

Praise
We praise you, God for being a God of Love, for being the author of love. Thank you for the energy and courage of the Single Adult(s) whom you have placed on our path. Thank you because you promise that you are able to supply all that he or she or they need.

Reflect
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”
-Isaiah 54:4-7

It may seem that this text from Isaiah is addressed to women only, but the whole idea is that God gathers all of us to himself, and we are people of value, even when it seems that we are “abandoned” or alone.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we are reminded to not stop from using our time for good and to trust His divine grace while we focus on gracing others:
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything; you may have an abundance for every good deed;”

Admit(or Ask)
If you are an unmarried person and reading this,take the time to confess the times when you went forward without consulting God. Dealing with a heartbreak or uncertainty or bitterness or loneliness? Admit that you need help on your journey as a single person. Be truthful about your deepest need, concerns or frustrations. Bring it all to God. Trust his love for you. If there are single persons who come to your mind, pray for them to find a loving community, helpful accountability and a sense of mission or a complimentary mate-especially if they have expressed this longing for the latter. Mostly pray for them to have a sense of joy and confidence about their present and their future.

Yield
Surrender their lives to God. Pray that they too would have the courage to surrender to God and live a life ,not in waiting for life to begin when married, but fully engaged in the adventure of learning about many things, living their calling, meeting new people or making a difference whenever and wherever possible.

In the Name of Jesus,
Amen.

January 3: Young Adults, 18 to 40, College Aged

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