Monday, June 29, 2009

Prayer Challenge Day 27: His Obedience

Dear Moms thank you for hanging in there with me as we come to the end of our 30 day challenge to pray for our husbands.  It has been a blessed time as we have been in a concert of prayer for our husbands.

Today’s chapter is praying for our husbands obedience.

I have been reading a small book by Andrew Murray called, The Blessings of Obedience.  It is a short book, but has been packed full of great truth concerning our obedience to God.

He says this concerning obedience…

Obedience is constant dependence on a moment-by-moment fellowship and operation of God,a hearing and seeing of what God speaks, does and shows.

The very essence of salvation is obedience to God.  Christ as the Obedient One saves us as His obedient ones.  Whether in His suffering on earth or in His glory in heaven, Christ’s heart is set on obedience.

Our obedience is a really big deal to God.  He has made it clear that there are blessings in store for the obedient.  In Deuteronomy 11:26-28 the importance of our obedience is summed up in this way…

I set before you…A blessing, if you obey…And a curse, if you will not obey.

Be careful not to pray for the blessing, but to rather to be concerned with obedience.  God will take care of the blessing.  We should be more concerned with how we can obey and please our God than the blessings that follow obedience.

 

If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15)

Jesus is talking to the disciples here in John 14.  The love that is used in this verse is the Greek word Agape.  This is a devoted love.  The same love that is used in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” This is the same love that Jesus asked Peter if he had for him.(John 21)  It is a devoted love, not a brotherly love.  Matthew Henry calls it a “sincere love”. 

Why am I focusing so much on this word love?  Because if you have this type of love for your God you will want to obey him.  If you have this type of love for him when you don’t obey him you will be in agony over your disobedience, because you will recognize that you have been unfaithful to your God.

In Galatians 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit are listed and this agape love is the first listed as a fruit of the Spirit.  You will be known by your fruit.  When you know your God and you are filled with His Spirit, agape love will be a natural outpouring from you and obedience will follow.

I love what Stormie writes in chapter 27 about how to deal with disobedience in your husband.  She writes;

If you clearly observe your husband walking down a wrong path, should you way something?  If so, how much should you say and when is the right time to say it?  The best way I’ve found to proceed is to take it to God first and weigh it on His scales.  He may instruct you to just be quiet and pray.  But if He does direct you to speak to your husband about the matter, there will be a far greater chance of him hearing God’s voice somewhere in your words if you’ve prayed before you speak. Praying that his eyes be opened to the truth and his heart convicted will be far more effective than you telling him what to do.

This can be a scary thing if you are considering approaching your husband about his disobedience.  Remember to cover it in prayer first.  Don’t let your emotions lead you.  If you have a mentor you can go to, seek her advice and ask her to pray with you about what to do.  As you pray for your husband’s obedience, pray about your own obedience also.   The Lord has shown me many areas of disobedience in my own life as I prayed through this chapter for my husband.

Blessings in your prayers!

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