Sunday, 24 August 2014

Praying Wives

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour of the LORD.

        A call the men of God who have been blessed with wives who prays for their husbands, and the fiancées who pray for their husbands-to-be. May God's face shine on these blessings from God and give them the desires of their hearts for their lives and families. 
      May we men say, "Thank you, Lord, for a wife who prays for us and our families." I am so grateful for a wife who not only loves me, but prays with me and for me. When God says in Proverbs that I have obtained favor of the Lord. I believe part of that favor is the fact that the one who loves me prays with love for me, just as the Lord does; therefore, there are two in agreement for my life and that would be the Lord and my wife. 
      Prov. 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. This is why her worth cannot be measured with diamonds, rubies and gold because the power of prayer is eternal. I'm not saying she would not like some diamonds, rubies and gold, no no no no, on the contrary, but what I'm saying is she is worth much more because God has put an eternal value on our union.
      Even when a woman of God is married to a lost soul because of stubbornness, fear, addiction or plain idiocy, there is hope if his wife is praying. There is a story of David, Abigail and Nabal who, in particular, is not the most reasonable man. 1 Sam. 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. 
      David and his men had been protecting the land and area where Nabal's livestock was grazing. David asked for some food for himself and his men, but Nabal did not see the blessing of having his lands protected. 1 Sam. 25:10a And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be? 
      Nabal's servants immediately tell Abigail, Nabal's wife, what a bone-head thing he had just done with David's request. Abigail organizes a large amount of food and sends it off to David. Then she also heads out to meet him. We know that Abigail is a woman who prays because she knows what the will of God is for Israel when she finally talks David out of killing her husband. 1 Sam. 25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel. 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 
      In this case, the prayers of a praying wife saved the lives of many and helped fulfill a prophetic and divine appointment that day. So I say, "Thank you," to all the women who pray for their husbands and especially, to my wife who prays for me. I wrote this next verse for her a few years ago and feel it is apropos to post it here today. I do it with a grateful heart and true love for her.

African Violets On Wings
      Who can say what will keep a man attracted to a woman, or a woman to her man? Who can speak of what one might interpret to be love? For millenniums millions have tried to describe this mystery, in song and verse, through stories and sculpture, or participating in magnanimous declarations of "I am yours till the end of time." Maybe it is the potpourri of little things that one notices over a lifetime together that matures love. 

      I, too, am in wonder of love and its many shadows and hidden meanings. However, I believe I have seen and felt one of the multiple faces of love when I have candidly observed my wife becoming transfixed and overjoyed after noticing the first budding on an African Violet plant that she has tenderly cultured. Her countenance glows with ornate beauty as she becomes convinced that God has created these little bursts of colour just for her personal enjoyment. 
      She moves toward other violets with curvaceous poise on her feminine frame while seeking additional heavenly blooms. I believe these flowers stretch their colour just to be cooed to, by her, and "why not?" I say, for I have done the same from day, to day, to day.
      I've seen her feed the winter birds with seeds and breadcrumbs saved. They arrive with songs and chirps galore as they salaam, in a birdly way. A childlike grin she beams delight, that would please Saint Francis, even today. I have seen the birds dancing for her, with twitches, and shuffles, as they introductions of their young were made. 

      She welcomes them all with gentleness and provision of food in her oasis of calm in this often stormy world. And "why not?" I say, for I have done the same, from day, to day, to day,
      "Is this love?" you ask. Well, I do not know. But I do know that if more of us looked for the best in our lovers and gave the best to our lovers, there would be a lot more lovers and therefore more of the faces of love would be discovered.
      Te quiero mi amor!
Prov. 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

1 comment:

  1. I pray for my husband every day and he knows that I do. I love how you describe your sweet wife. It is how I feel when I catch my husband watching me doing the things I love! When we pray for our spouses, we are able to see them with God's eyes and His love, which really is the strength of the marriage. Great piece!