“I pray for you more than I pray for myself” This is one of my most beloved lines from a movie. The female character was confused and surprised at the male character’s affection for her, and so she asked him how he knew he loved her, and these were his words to her, “I pray for you more than I pray for myself .“ That just about melted both our hearts when we watched the movie.
The bible says Christ constantly makes intercession for us. He is our high priest who is constantly thinking about us, He does not sit at the right hand of God like a helpless romanticist who cannot do anything to help us. God’s love goes beyond wishing and hoping that it is well with us, instead it is expressed by His actions; for example, He loved us so much that He gave His only and most precious son just to redeem us. In the same way, our love for each other within a marriage should go beyond talk; saying, how I love him or her, but it should be expressed by our actions and more so even by time on our knees in the place of prayer. You see, after Christ died for us, and He announced that it is finished, He took it a step further by ascending into heaven, and even while seated at the right hand of the throne of God, HE still makes intercession for us. What does intercede mean? It means to stand in the gap, on behalf of, or represent another in difficulty or trouble. Take note of the words difficulty and trouble. It may not seem like your husband or wife is in any type of trouble; things are well with them, they are healthy, feeling and looking well. But oh my, if only you knew the half of it, if only we could see into the spirit realm and see what the enemy has planned for them, but thank God the enemy’s plans don’t come to fruition because of God’s goodness, mercy and protection. But if things were really always well with us as it seems on the outside, then what is Christ doing interceding for us, couldn’t He do with a break, after dying and responding to our countless petitions 24/7 ? But because He is always interceding for us, then we must be in some kind of trouble; the devil, the enemy of our souls is constantly lurking around to take us out, trying to steal our salvation; and so the believer is constantly under attack as long as He is on the earth, but thanks be to our God who causes us to triumph.
So, what are we saying? Simply this; your husband or wife needs you on your knees, in their corner, all the time. There is never a time when prayers should not be said for your spouse. He or she is constantly being watched by the enemy. This is not to scare you, but to encourage you to be an intercessor for your spouse. It is not enough to profess your love, take it a step further and pray for them. Every time you find yourself admiring your sugar or honey or just thinking about how much you love them, say a prayer for them. Thank God for husband’s life and pray for strength for him as he goes out everyday being your priest and provider, thank God for your wife’s life and pray for as her as she nurtures the children and stays true to you as your lover and friend. Every so often when I look at my husband when he is with me, or when I find myself day dreaming about him, I mutter a prayer and often times I launch a full attack on the enemy on his behalf. Believe us when we say there is absolutely nothing wrong with having those passionate Songs of Solomon thoughts towards your wife or your husband right in the middle of your day, but after relishing such moments, it is even better to launch a disastrous missile against the enemy whose life’s mission is to trouble your beloved.
So we encourage you; do not be slack concerning this mission, there is power in the prayer of the PRAYING WIFE OR HUSBAND. Bear in mind we say PRAYING, meaning the CONSISTENTLY PRAYING husband or wife. We advise that you pick up the titles, power of a praying wife, and power of a praying husband by Stormie Omartian, they are a great resource for any marriage. And endeavor to show your love by praying for your wife or husband more than you pray for yourself.