Ladies, let’s pray! (An October Dare)
As we look to Him, the glory of His image gets imprinted upon us. When our self-image gets so wrapped up in God that we lose ourselves in the process, we’re free…
(We) will never see who (we) really (are) until (we) see who God really is…
Lord, I pray that (we) will find (our) identity in You. Help (us) to understand (our) worth through Your eyes and by Your standards. May (we) recognize the unique qualities You’ve placed in (us) and be able to appreciate them. Enable (us) to see (ourselves) the way You see (us), understanding that “You have made (us) a little lower than the angels, and You crowned (us) with glory and honor. You have made (us) to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under (our) feet” (Psalm 8:4-6). Quiet the voices that tell (us) otherwise and give (us) ears to hear Your voice telling (us) that it will not be (our) perfection that gets (us) through life successfully, it will be Yours.
Reveal to (us) that “(we are) the image and glory of God” (1 Corinthians 11:7), and (we are) “complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10). Give (us) the peace and security of knowing that (we are) accepted, not rejected, by You. Free (us) from the self-focus and self-consciousness that can imprison (our) soul. Help (us) to see who You really are so (we’ll) know who (we) really (are). May (our) true self-image be the image of Christ stamped upon (our) soul.
Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son… Romans 8:29
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory… 2 Corinthians 3:18
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
~The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian, Day 28
(all parenthesis are mine…changing he’s into we’s, etc.)
It is so hard for me to just pray for Nathan when I open these daily chapters. As much as my heart cries out for my man, it also longs to join him in all these transformations. We are one, and I want our hearts and minds to be one in Christ Jesus. So, often I exchange the singular for the plural. (There are times God lays my children or others on my heart as well, and “he” becomes “they.”)
Speaking of God laying something on my heart, I want to send out an open invitation to anyone who wants to join me in the month of October. I am going to continue using a chapter a day out of Stormie’s book, praying for my hubby (and myself…and others…). There are 31 chapters and 31 days in October; I’d love to join alongside other sisters who are bringing their husbands boldly to the throne of grace! (This may also be a great time for you to pray for a brother, son, or other boy/man in your life.) Feel free to let me know you’re joining in and we can also keep each other in our prayers. If you want to just “silently join,” I understand, just know you are also prayed for. The reason praying for each other in this is so important is that the enemy will be threatened and he will make it hard and some days’ prayers touch sensitive topics (some of which I have to gulp down with His help alone)!
I do caution you not to use this as a time to bash your husband before God and others; instead, be willing to do the hard thing for Him. Seek God’s view of your husband – His heart and love for him. Allow God to change you and seek Him on behalf of your hubby. Let’s love God. Let’s love our men. I dare us!