I’m not sure about you, but my husband definitely needs my support and love in the power that comes in praying over him in his work. He, like most people working full time, deals with a variety of complicated situations ranging from minor every day frustrations to managing several difficult or negative interactions sometimes in a succession right after each other. He especially encounters negativity daily in a way that can wear a person down to a pulp overtime. Men (and women too) need someone on their side, praying daily for their heart to remain strong (not hard or cold) in the face of conflict, and still soft (but not weak) when dealing with the broken, young, or old.
He needs to know I’m in his corner praying for him to have wisdom and courage to fight the good fight.
Work is difficult sometimes. Because of the fall and the curse that fell on us, work has become something difficult… frustrating… and yet, it is also immensely fulfilling in that it gives us purpose. Our sweet church just did a series on work, and how one’s faith should drastically impact their entire approach to it.
Christians should work with passion, have strong work ethics, have the upmost integrity in their dealings with employers, coworkers, or clients. They should be exemplary employees, but since we are all human, many get tired of the surrounding atmosphere of a lack of team work, or frustrated with coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. It can be hard to keep a positive attitude when daily we are reminded of the negative – but as a wife, I want to cover my husband in a blanket of prayer to safeguard his positivity, his serenity, and his purpose in fulfilling his calling at his workplace.
Here are some things to consider when praying over your husband:
- His role as a provider or co-provider with you – sometimes that task can be especially daunting if your husband doesn’t find purpose or fulfillment in his work. Pray for his heart and his spirit to be encouraged in knowing the good he is doing
- His heart to remain close to God – pray for him to keep God at the center of his decisions. Many men and women simply make God or Christianity something they only partake of on Sundays, instead of allowing it to overflow into every aspect of their life. Pray he develops closeness to God or continues in his walk with the Lord.
- Pray for him to be empowered with strength to face his daily grind – pray that he’s safe-guarded from falling into a pit of discouragement, every job gets familiar and starts to lose its sparkle over time, but prolonged discouragement is dangerous to his spirit.
- Pray for him to have wisdom in every encounter
- Pray for him to be filled with Joy (the counter-serum to Depression) and to view the world through a lens of gratitude – make your family the safe haven he can retreat to every night in order to refill his cup with warm Joy, and make gratitude a focal point for your family. Joy + Gratitude makes for the BEST atmosphere and environment for staying positive in life, and will greatly affect your children as they look to you to learn what happiness in life is.
(above image from seattlefreepress.org)