Today, please welcome Jared Brock, writer of A Year of Living Prayerfully, a humorous travel memoir about prayer. Jared is sharing five great ways to pray for your husband.
The email read as follows: “Hey Jared, can you write an article called ‘5 Ways to Pray for Your Husband?’”
I thought about it for a moment, then laughed out loud. How was I supposed to know five ways to pray for a husband? I’ve never been married to a dude.
Yep, I’m that slow.
It eventually dawned on me that I’d been given a wonderful opportunity. The opportunity to answer an entirely different question:
“What are five ways that my wife can pray for me?”
That I can do.
Ladies, I’ll be honest: we boys don’t play well with others.
There’s a reason why most of our fathers are lone rangers, who don’t have any close male friends. It’s hard to be open, honest, and understanding.
Pray that we’d find ways to cultivate and maintain a ‘band of brothers,’ a group of godly men with whom we can share life. This will massively impact our entire existence, and it’ll overflow into our ability to be a good husband and father.
If you ever meet a man that says he doesn’t struggle with lust, just run. It really is ‘every man’s battle.’
We love our spouses – deeply – and it’s that bond of love that keeps most of us ‘walking the line.’ But your prayers are what keep us pursuing an even higher standard. The sin nature is strong, and we need the spiritual support to purpose that intimate oneness that God invites us into, together.
It’s not that we’re right every time, but it’s really close. Our opinion is the most accurate, our political position is the right one, our belief system is the most true. It’s ugly, really. I don’t know where our deep need to always be right comes from, but it’s certainly anti-Jesus.
Pray that we’d allow the Holy Spirit to turn our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, that we’d care more about ‘His kingdom come’ than ‘our will be done.’
Guys get loud when they watch NFL or UFC, but have you ever seen that happen during a Sunday church service? We’re dying here.
Pray that churches would find ways to reach men. Pray that godly grizzlies would seek us out and mentor us. Pray that churches would get creative with adding movement and action to the standard contemplative rhythms of the modern meeting.
There’s a reason why so many guys play video games – we’re looking for a mission. For the most part, our 9-5 is killing us. We crave meaning and purpose, more than you can imagine. But we’re stuck.
Pray that we’d have the energy, endurance, creativity, and will to fight for our dreams and passions. Pray that we’ll enter the fullness of our calling – to do all that we were created to do, and be all that we were created to be.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other things you could pray about for us, that don’t start with the letter P, but we’ll save them for another day.
Oh, and one more thing that us guys usually aren’t very good at doing..
Thanks for praying for us.
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Jared is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, a humorous travel memoir about prayer. He is the cofounder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights human trafficking one word at a time. and he has written for Huffington Post, Esquire, Converge, and Relevant. Jared is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, whom he first kissed in the seventh grade.