Intentional Prayer: Part 2 {Praying For Your Spouse}

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Earlier this week I began this 4-part series on Intentional Prayer. The first two parts are geared more towards the married crowd and those who have kids, but I will be finishing this series next week with two areas that everyone should be able to connect with. Just a heads up, so stick with me!

Here’s Part 1 if you missed it —> Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}.

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Today we are diving into Part 2 which is about praying for your spouse. This plan is designed to guide you through praying the “Fruit of the Spirit” for your spouse over the course of one year.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23 {ESV}

There are nine “fruits” this verse talks about, so the idea is to focus on praying about one “fruit” per month. I have included a simple prayer to go along with each fruit/month. Since there are only nine fruits and twelve months, the last three months repeat three of the fruits that I think pertain the most to marriage {even though they all really do}—The prayers for these three months are geared specifically as strengthening your marriage.

I have organized everything in a chart, and there is a printable version of it below so that you can use it as a reference throughout the year. Use it in whatever way works for you but here’s one idea:

Start keeping a prayer journal if you don’t already do so. Dedicate a certain part of your journal to Spouse/Marriage. Cut out the chart below, and then each month paste the card of the month into the Spouse/Marriage part of your journal. Underneath the card, write down things God reveals to you as I pray throughout the month, ways you see your prayers being answered, bible verses that pertain to that month’s fruit, and so on. You will probably be amazed at how God moves through your prayers. 

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A Year Long Guide To Praying The ‘Fruit Of The Spirit’ For Your Spouse

January

[Fruit: Love]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help _______ to experience your love in a real way and allow that love to flow through him/her for all the days of his/her life.

July

[Fruit: Faithfulness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Give _______ a passion to live purely in all areas of his/her life and develop a character of integrity within him/her.

February

[Fruit: Joy]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Fill _______ with an everlasting joy that comes from being filled with Your Spirit.

August

[Fruit: Gentleness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help _______ to extend the same grace towards others that You extend toward us.

March

[Fruit: Peace]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Allow _______ to experience the peace that passes all understanding which comes from trusting in You through all seasons of life.

September

[Fruit: Self-Control]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Lead _______ to live a disciplined and balanced life spiritually, emotionally and physically.

April

[Fruit: Patience]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Supply _______ with the patience needed to endure hardships, trials and times of waiting.

October

[Fruit: Love (in marriage)]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Teach my Husband/Wife and I to love each other passionately, unconditionally and in a way that leads us to a deeper intimacy with You.

May

[Fruit: Kindness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ________ to be slow to anger and quick to show kindness and compassion to all.

November

[Fruit: Peace (in marriage)]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Remove any seeds of quarrelsome and bitterness in my marriage, and help us to live at peace with each other.

June

[Fruit: Goodness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Equip _______ to do good works for Your Kingdom, remind him/her that Your plans for his/her life are good and protect him/her from the evil he/she faces along the way.

December

[Fruit: Faithfulness (in marriage)]

Prayer: Give my Husband/Wife and I the strength to stand up to the temptations of this world, and guard our hearts and minds in you so that we might enjoy the blessings of a pure marriage.

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Many Blessings,

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Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}

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As I have reflected on what area of my life I desire to grow in the most this year, it’s my prayer life. I specifically want to be more intentional about praying for others this year. Since having a child 2 and 1/2 years ago, I have found it more difficult to be balanced in certain areas of my life—one area being my prayer life. So, I am seeking to get back on track this year with spending quality “quiet times” with God and growing deeper in my prayer walk.

 I have put in place a couple of tools to help me be more focused in my prayer life, and I’ll be sharing them with you in this 4-part series over the next 2 weeks. They are just my ideas, but hopefully they might help you too. Each plan provides simple, yet rich ways to guide you through a year of praying.

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Today’s Focus : Praying For Your Children

Our children need us, and they need us to pray for them. We should be covering them in prayer and it’s never too late to start! I have created a simple plan to help guide you {and me} through a year of praying for our children. I have chosen a “theme” for each month and I have taken 12 verses from the Bible as my inspiration. I have paired a one sentence prayer that ties along with each theme/verse. The “blanks” are to be filled in with your child’s name.

This prayer plan is designed to be used in such a way that you pray for your child/children by focusing on a different theme throughout each month. You can pray the verse, the prayer sentences I have included, do both or extend it in a way that works for you {e.g. also pray for God to help you as a parent to instill these virtues in your children}.

There is a printable version of this plan at the bottom of this page so that you can print it off, cut it out and post each months theme in a place where you will see it everyday—you could even use them as bookmarks in your Bible. Hopefully this helps you get started in a prayerful direction for you children!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series coming up later this week!

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A YEAR LONG GUIDE TO PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

January [Joy]

Verse: You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” ~Psalm 16:11

Prayer: Dear Lord, Lead ____________ to a place of experiencing the joy that comes from following the path you have laid out for his/her life.

February [Love]

Verse: “…and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” ~Ephesians 5:2

Prayer: Dear Lord, May your great love fill ____________’s life and overflow for others to see. 

March [Obedience]

Verse: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” ~Colossians 3:20 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________to develop on obedient heart. 

April [Passion]

Verse: As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?” ~Psalm 42:1-2 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Stir a deep passion within _____________ to know You and make You known. 

May [Self-Image]

Verse: For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to see himself/herself through your eyes and be firmly rooted in who you have made him/her to be.

June [Protection]

Verse: “God is our refuge and strength,

   an ever-present help in trouble.” ~Psalm 46:1 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Protect ____________ from the evil of this world and be the shield that defends him/her wherever he/she goes.

July [Servant Heart]

Verse: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” ~Ephesians 6:7 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Give ____________ a servant’s heart and a desire to live for You.

August [Purity]

Verse: “Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to develop a passion for making pure choices, and strengthen him/her to stand up against the temptations of this world.

September [Respect]

Verse: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~Romans 12:10 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Teach ____________ to respect others and to respect himself/herself.

October [Trust]

Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5 

Prayer: Dear Lord, May ____________ learn to place his/her full trust in you and experience the peace that comes from following your lead.

November [Integrity]

Verse: “May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord, is in you.” ~Psalm 25:21 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ____________ to develop a character of integrity and honesty.

December [Witnessing]

Verse: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” ~Mark 16:15 

Prayer: Dear Lord, Equip ____________ with the courage to share your love and good news with this world.

PRINTABLE VERSION: A YEAR LONG GUIDE TO PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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*All verses are from the NIV*

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Let them see You in me…

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Many Blessings,

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