God is alive. He hears us. He is still at work and has a word for us if we will stop and listen. A few months ago I asked myself if I really believe those words? Really? Were they just empty words to me or was I living in the power of what those words really, truly mean. Was I tapping into the resources of prayer and the Word?
This morning in reading Numbers 20 I found some truths I wanted to share.
These people had a real need. They were in the middle of a desert with no water. That is a big problem. How they responded to adversity became even a bigger problem. It struck me today that God gives me a choice. I do not have to trust him. I do not have to talk to him about what is going on. When you remain silent before me, I may also remain silent. You do not have because you do not ask.
In this passage the community presents their complaint to their leaders with a complaining, quarrelsome spirit. Moses & Aaron, their leaders, go directly to God and fall facedown in prayer. Every time these leaders encounter trouble they go directly to God in prayer, and consistently, every time, God appears to them and speaks to them. Come to me, I am here waiting and I have a word for you if you will come.
Here is what I have written down to pray over my husband, as I read scripture and see attributes in the Bible I add them to my list:
- to be above reproach
- protect our marriage
- temperate and self-controlled
- gentle, not quarrelsome
- boys obey him with respect
- good reputation with others
- fill his mouth & heart with your words and teachings
- speak with great boldness
- hunger for your word, thirst for righteousness
- favor with students, coworkers and men
- fill to overflowing with the Holy Spirit
- new ideas/vision in work and family
If you have more things you pray for your husband please share. If you have been married awhile and want to speak to the value of praying for our husbands please share. If you are not yet married use this opportunity to pray for your future husband.
"May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD's people will not be like sheep without a shepherd." Numbers 27:16-17