Download The Power of a Praying Wife PDF Stormie Omartian published in 1997.
Inside this book
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. When you pray for your husband, especially in the hopes of changing him, you can surely expect some changes. But the first changes won’t be in him. They’ll be in you. If this makes you as mad as it made me, you’ll say, “Wait a minute! I’m not the one that needs changing here!” But God sees things we don’t. He knows where we have room for improvement. He doesn’t have to search long to uncover attitudes and habits that are outside His perfect will for us. He requires us to not sin in our hearts because sin separates us from Him and we don’t get our prayers answered. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18). God wants our hearts to be right so the answers to our prayers are not compromised.
This whole requirement is especially hard when you feel your husband has sinned against you with unkindness, lack of respect, indifference, irresponsibility, infidelity, abandonment, cruelty, or abuse. But God considers the sins of unforgiveness, anger, hatred, self-pity, lovelessness, and revenge to be just as bad as any others. Confess them and ask God to set you free from anything that is not of Him. One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness. The most effective tool in transforming him maybe your own transformation.
Don’t worry, I struggled with all this, too. In fact, every time my husband and I came to an impasse, God and I had a conversation that went something like this
There is a joke in our household when I refer to the number of years Stormie and I have been married. I always say, “It’s been twenty-five wonderful years for me and twenty-five miserable years for her.” After twenty-five years of marriage to Stormie, there aren’t any phases of my complex personality left for her to discover. She has seen me triumph, fails, struggles, be fearful and depressed, and doubt my competency as a husband, father, and musician. She has seen me angry at God because He wouldn’t jump when I asked Him to. She has witnessed miracles, as God redeemed something from the ashes to gold.
Every step of the way has been accompanied by her prayers and this book was written from her experience over the years. I cannot imagine what my life would be without her praying for me. It gives me comfort and security and also fulfills the mission the Lord has for us to pray for each other and bear one another burdens. I can think of no better way to truly love your husband than by lifting him up in prayer on a consistent basis. It is a priceless gift that helps him experience God’s blessings and grace. Stormie, I love you
About the Author
STORMIE OMARTIAN is the bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® books (more than 10 million copies sold worldwide) Stormie, Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, and The Prayer That Changes Everything®.