Chapter 7 of The Power of a Praying Wife is all about praying for your husband’s mind.
The mind often becomes Satan’s playground. When the mind is weak and not filled with God’s truth and promises, Satan can use our circumstances to create in our minds’ frustration, doubt, depression which if left alone could result in attempted suicide.
Our thoughts are important to God, not just our actions. He knows that our actions are a result of our thoughts and obedience is never a result of negative or sinful thoughts. In Psalm 19:14, David prays to God,
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
The meditations of the heart are what you ponder & think on. David wanted even his thoughts to be pleasing to the Lord.
It is so important that we pray for our husband’s mind. Especially if your husband in experiencing difficult circumstances. So many of our husbands are under attack either in their job, or other ways. I have seen in our mom’s group at church how the Lord has begun a work in the hearts and minds of many of the husbands of the women who attend our group. It has been exciting, but these husbands have all battled with depression and feelings of failure because of a job loss. The “what if’s” can bring a man down to utter ruin if his mind is not on the Lord. I encouraged these moms to pray for their husbands mind because a strong mind filled with the word of God is like a life preserver in the midst of a bad storm. You may fall in the water, but you will not drown.
- Pray that your husband is spiritually minded(Romans 8:6) not worldly minded. He considers every thing he does through the light of scripture.
- Pray that he will learn to capture every thought that is not of God and throw it out. (2Corinthians 10:5) Remember in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God does not give us the spirit of fear, but of sound mind.(my paraphrase)
- Pray that he will think on that which is excellent and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
- Pray that your husband will love the Lord with all his mind.(Mark 12:30) This leaves no room for fear or doubt in his mind.
Just like Stormie reminded us, the power of praying the Word is massive in our prayer life! I can’t stress to you enough how powerful it is to pray the words of God back to Him. There is strength and authority in his words because he wrote them. His word is alive.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Oswald Chambers.
"Fill you mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be easy as breathing for you to remember, my heavenly Father knows all about this! Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him."