Do you pray for your future husband?
You may think, “I don’t even know who my future husband is. How can I pray for him?!” Stick around and I’ll tell you.
Prayer is one of the most important things that we do as Christ-followers. Our goal is to be more and more like Jesus, and Jesus prayed a lot.
There’s power in prayer! George Müller, a preacher and missionary who lived in England in the 1800s, writes about a morning when his orphanage had run out of food and milk for breakfast. After gathering the orphanage to pray, they heard a knock on the door. It was the baker, who had bread for the entire orphanage. Moments later, the milkman knocked. His cart had broken down outside the school, and he gave the orphanage all the milk in the cart so it wouldn’t spoil. That’s just one example of the power of prayer!
There are so many benefits both for you and your future husband (whom you may not know yet) available through prayer. I started praying for my wife when I was nineteen and there was no potential wife in sight! This practice has played a huge role in making my faith active and trusting that God will provide someone in His time.
How do you start? What do you pray? Below are five ways to pray for your future husband.
1. Pray for his relationship with Jesus.
We will all experience seasons of doubt and distraction in our walk with Jesus. Your future husband may be going through that season right now.
Hebrews 4:16 has this to say: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Supplication is when we pray for other people. You can pray for mercy and grace and perseverance for your future husband no matter what he’s going through right now.
2. Pray for his purity.
The average age of exposure to pornography for a male is 13.7 (with some as young as age five). In this culture, for your future guy, purity is a battle. Pray that he will be passionate about fighting for God’s standard of purity.
3. Pray for his prayer life.
Here’s a little free advice (just kidding, it’s all free): you want a husband who is devoted to prayer. Who realizes the power of prayer. Who spends time daily praying to his heavenly Father. Why? Not only because Jesus devoted himself to prayer, but because we are called to pray (Matt. 6:9–13; 1 Tim. 2:1–4). Pray for him to be passionate about prayer!
4. Pray for his relationships.
All through the Bible we see examples of men surrounding themselves with other strong, godly men. Paul and Timothy, Paul and Silas, Moses and Joshua, Jesus and his apostles (and that’s just a few examples). A man with godly friends and mentors is stronger than a man who tries to live in faith on his own. Pray that he develops strong, healthy relationships with other men.
5. Pray that he will be grounded in truth.
Ephesians 6:14 calls us to fasten on the belt of truth. (While we’re in Ephesians, I should mention that praying your future husband will put on the whole armor of God is a great idea.) We know the Truth because we know Jesus (John 14:6) and study His Word. If we aren’t grounded in biblical truth, it doesn’t take much to shake our faith. Pray for your future husband to be grounded in truth.
You may never know exactly how your prayers help your future husband in his day-to-day life. Isn’t it cool to think that as you pray for him right now, God is at work in his life? Someday you’ll be able to sit down with him and tell him about how you prayed for his relationship with Jesus, his prayer life, his purity, his relationships, and his desire to stand for truth.
I’d love to hear from you.
- If you pray for your future husband, what are some ways you pray that are different from above?
- If you’re married or engaged, how have you seen prayer affect your relationship with your husband?