When I read through The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian, I remember when I came across the part where she explains that we should pray for the spouse of our sons and daughters even before they are married.
I chuckled because I had been praying for my son's future wife since he was three!
I remember well standing over him as he slept and lifting up his future wife in prayer.
Because I come from divorced parents and so does my husband. We both know how to ruin a marriage, but neither one of us knew how to build a solid marriage. So, I wanted to start praying for my son as early as I could in order to ask the Lord to bless his marriage if that's what He has in store for our son.
pray for every part of my son's life. So, when he was little, I began to lift up his future wife and her family in my prayers:
I pray for her parents. I pray that her father is the spiritual leader of the home and that he shows his family how much he loves their mother daily.
I pray that her mother is a godly woman who teachers her children how to pray and trust in the Lord. I pray that she is teaching her daughter what it looks like to submit to her husband and to Christ.
I pray that her parents are teaching her God's Word and how to treasure it in her heart that she might not sin against God.
I pray that the Lord is speaking to her heart about her purpose in this life. I pray that He is using her talents and gifts for His glory at church and in everyday life.
I pray that she spends time alone with the Lord daily and is filled with the Holy Spirit.
I pray that her parents are teaching her financial responsibility and common sense when it comes to money and budgeting.
I pray that she loves learning and has a teachable spirit and longs to love the Lord with her mind as well as her heart.
I pray for her purity and that the Lord will spare her from any mistakes that might cause her pain and regret.
I pray that if there are any strongholds in her life or family, that the Lord will break down any strongholds and family inheritance of bondage or sin and keep her from carrying on any of these struggles or burdens.
But most of all, I pray that she and my son will have a long life together filled with godly offspring, joy, happiness, and God's strength to endure the hard times that will come. I pray for them to be the best of friends and enjoy years of laughter together. May they be found holding hands together in their Golden years as they were in their youth.
The Power of Prayer
All the things I pray for my son's future wife, I pray for my son as well. I have seen the Lord answer my prayers for my son over and over.
God is faithful. I have seen the power of prayer.
I urge you to lift up your child's future spouse today. Even if your son or daughter is in the crib or in the womb, bathe them in prayer!
Marriage is hard enough with prayer, I cannot imagine it without prayer!
Your son and/or daughter will appreciate knowing that you were praying for their spouse for many years even before they met. I even wrote a letter to my son's wife to give to her on her wedding day. I wrote it many years ago.
It is never too early to begin praying for your children's future needs. In doing so, you are showing the Lord how willing you are to submit the future to His capable hands.
Release your children to the Lord today.