As a parent, you pray for your daughter often. After all, you desire the best for her. What about the man she married? Are you praying for him?
When a man, whether young or more mature, saunters into your daughter’s life and whisks her across the beautiful threshold of marriage, you have the privilege of not only praying for your offspring, but also her husband. You have the honor of communing with God concerning the current and future generations.
Darkness would love nothing more than to kill, steal, or destroy the head of household, the beginning of a new generation. Why not blanket him with prayer, coat him in a covering of words offered to Christ? Consider the following 10 areas of your son-in-law’s life that need your prayers.
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1. His Trust
Does your son-in-law trust Jesus for his salvation? Darkness would love nothing more than to encourage your son-in-law to trust in himself more than God, wayward emotions rather than truth.
How about trust in his relationship with your daughter? Some marriages stagger, eventually breaking due to a lack of trust between spouses. What a needful area for prayer coverage.
“Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 WEB)
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2. His Heart
Does your son-in-law love the Lord with all his heart? How does he love your daughter? Since the heart is hidden to all but God, it’s imperative to pray over this area, to take requests and praises to the One who sees.
But don’t stop only at heart prayers concerning God and his wife. Consider praying your special son-in-law will love himself, too – as God’s creation. Pray he’ll extend that love in godly ways to his wife, children, and others filling the category of “neighbor.”
“He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27WEB)
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3. His Communication
Communication is key in marriage as well as a person’s walk with God. Without a good flow of conversation, relationships spiral downward – fast! Likewise, attempts at good interaction often take the human connection to new heights.
Why not pray over your son-in-law’s communication with God but also his exchanges with his wife, children, co-workers, friends, and family?
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Yahweh, my rock, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 WEB)
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4. His Hope and Future
In this day and age, many people eye goods and treasures for happiness. Work or accomplishments often slide into that position as well. Just watch television ads for proof. Folks place great hope, not to mention time and money, in these lost efforts.
True, life-offering hope is found only in Jesus and heaven. How beautiful when a son-in-law sets his confidence for the future in eternity with his Savior. It affects all that surrounds him, including your daughter.
“Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal.” (Matthew 6:19 WEB)
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5. His Courage
Fear beats a path to any door, man or woman. But perfect love casts out all fear. Thank God.
Guys may appear confident, but fear often nips behind the scenes, eating at their courage and decisions. Consider grabbing the words God spoke to Joshua, speaking them over your son-in-law in prayer. His need for courage over fear is just that – a need.
“Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 WEB)
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6. His Decision-making
Do you ever wonder how many decisions a person makes daily? What to eat, what to wear, whether to turn left or right… Life overflows with questions and decision-making opportunities.
Your son-in-law faces a crowd of decisions daily as well. Choices concerning his marriage, work situations, household repairs, fathering, and more fill his time. His decisions impact his relationship with God Almighty, your daughter, grandchildren, work, friends, and even foes. Why not pray he acknowledges God when giving the nod to a yea or nay?
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6WEB)
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7. His Patience
Power resides with patience. Consider all the people entering heaven simply because of God’s patience. How much better life flows for his family and himself when a son-in-law grasps patience regularly.
Work stress, fatherhood, finances, plans for the future, and unmet needs between a couple often foster conditions for impatience. Why not cover his need for long-suffering with prayer?
“One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32 WEB)
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8. His Humility
Pride, whether at home, in the workplace, or among friends, causes men to fall. But a man who fears the Lord, realizes the need to remain attached to Jesus. That man walks in humility and traverses a solid path. That man bears much fruit in his spiritual life, not to mention in his marriage.
“I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 WEB)
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9. His Selflessness
A clash of wills happens in nearly every marriage. The man walking hand-in-hand with your daughter has his own internal drive – his will. And let’s be honest, for any of us that will sometimes leans toward selfishness. He’s no different.
Why not pray for a son-in-law who, with wisdom, sets his personal will aside for the heart of Christ? Why not pray for a man to walk with great discernment and love as he considers the needs of his marriage and family?
“Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33 WEB)
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10. His Past
Past experiences lay a foundation. How does your daughter’s husband build on that foundation – with bitterness and resentment or with healing and love?
Regardless of how good or bad the early years were, lies have a way of entangling themselves with our current thoughts and beliefs. When a son-in-law searches the Lord for understanding and wisdom, for healing and deliverance with past hurts and festering lies, freedom unfolds. Why not pray for forgiveness and freedom concerning his past? Why not pray he walks victoriously into the future with healing and love?
“… bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.” (Colossians 3:13 WEB)
Kristi Woods, writer and speaker, is passionate about women walking deeper with God. She clicks words of encouragement at www.KristiWoods.net and is published in both Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions and Military Families as well as on Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today. Kristi, her husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle, and have set roots in Oklahoma. Connect with Kristi here: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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