Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Power of a Praying Wife: His Temptations, His Mind, and His Fears

Today, I am reading from THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE by Stormie Omartian. I read through chapters six to eight: "His Temptations", "His Mind", and "His Fears".
"She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." (Proverbs 31:12. ESV.)

I do not think I could possibly say enough, how thankful I am for this book and HOW TO PRAY by R.A. Torrey. My gratitude just seems so inadequate given how much I am encouraged to spend more time communing with my King and praying properly.
"Our whole life should be a constant looking upward to God. We should walk so habitually in His presence that even when we awake in the night it would be the most natural thing for us to speak to Him in thanksgiving or petition." ~R.A. Torrey

"My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right." (Psalm 119:171-172. ESV.)

"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ," (2 Corinthians 10:3-5. ESV.)

"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21. NKJV.)

"Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires". (Romans 13:13-14. ESV.)

My heart's desire is to be the absolute BEST helpmate possible! Though the path may be very difficult, it is clear. While it may hold immense challenges, it is to help and not harm. Although the wait is long, it reaps blessings and not consequences (not to be confused with refining and pruning). Despite the difficult obstacles the love is strong, unyielding, unconditional, joyful, compassionate, and covers a multitude of sins.
"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.... 20She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.... 26She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:... 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." (Proverbs 31:10-11, 20, 26-28, 30. ESV.)
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