A Prayer for Wives to Pray for Their Husbands
By: Alisha Headley
“Wives, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.” – I Peter 3:1
Words come easily to me. I have a love for talking and that talking has spilled out into my love for writing. As women, we tend to want to help and nurture others. Oftentimes, that is done through talking. But sometimes, our husbands can interpret our talking as us trying to change or nag them.
What if we as women, began to start praying more and talking less? What if your spouse could be won without saying a single word?
In today’s verse, where words come easy to us as women, Paul is saying we will have more of an impact by winning our husbands without words. Our impact will come when we talk less, and they begin to “observe our chaste conduct accompanied by fear (of the Lord)” (v 2). Paul then goes on to say in verses 3 and 4, that it’s not about how well we portray ourselves from our outside appearance, but that “it’s the hidden person of the heart…with the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” that will win our husbands.
Rather than focus on winning our husbands over with our words, let’s put on a gentle spirit and love for the Lord. Let’s begin to walk in this wisdom. Proverbs 10:19 echoes this when it says, “in the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”
Let’s pray these verses over our lives now:
Thank you for your Word, Lord. Thank you that your Word is the source of all wisdom. Thank you for revealing new and fresh truths to us so we can navigate through this world.
We give our spouses to you today. We surrender them to you for they are not ours to hold onto, they are a gift from you. Thank you that you have our spouses in the palm of your hands, and what we may think is best for them and what we may think they need to win them, you are the one who knows best. For “your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and your ways are higher than our ways.” (Isaiah 55:9) Thank you that even when we feel nothing is working, that when we come to you in prayer, that you hear us, and you are working.
Father, please help us to restrain our lips. Please help us to take everything to the throne of Cross as our first resort, and not our last resort. Holy Spirit, please prompt us this day reminding us to be “swift to hear, and slow to speak” (James 1:19) in our interactions with our spouse. May our spouse begin to see our gentle and quiet spirit as we begin to cultivate a house of peace and less words.
We can only do this through your power, not our own. Please give us the strength in these moments, and may we win our husbands without a word by our obedient behavior to you. We love you, Lord.
In Jesus’ Name,
Alisha Headley is a writer and speaker who has a desire to meet the everyday woman in her everyday life with biblical truth. Healing from a chapter of life consumed with lies she once believed about herself, she is inspired to point women to Christ to experience the freedom and power to overcome those lies with the truth written in God’s Word. You can follow her blog by visiting her website or connect with her on facebook + instagram.
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