Grow Compassion and Empathy in Me for Her

Abba Daddy!  I am desperate for You.  Help me see Your Amy as Your little daughter; as Your ewe lamb.  Open my eyes to how You see her and care for her.

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. – Isaiah 40:11

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Protect Her Joy

Thank you, Father, for the gift of my wife Amy.  You are the giver of all good and perfect blessings, and I’m amazed how You show Your love through her.  Please help me to cherish and nurture such an amazing gift.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17

Each day, circumstances and frustrations can easily steal her joy.  Please keep her from letting these challenges turn her focus from You, the author of her faith.  Give her the joy that Jesus had as He accomplished the Father’s will on earth.  May she consider each struggle as a reason to find hope in You.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:2–3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2–3

When she feels tired, Lord, renew her strength.  Surround her with friends who love You and will bear her burdens!  Let her feel heard, valued and loved!  Give her reason to feel refreshed by their encouragement.

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Help me to help carry her burdens.  Show me how I can come along-side her and be her comfort the way that you designed.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

May she know that the joy of the Lord is the source of her strength.  Protect her from growing tired of doing what You’ve called her to do each day.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9

Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:10-11

Give Her a Growing Need for You

Father, You supply all our needs according to Your riches in Christ.  I’m amazed that you care about us enough to meet our daily concerns and to notice every detail of our lives.  Even the hairs of our heads are numbered because You take care of Your children.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:11

I confess that I sometimes think of myself as being the one who takes care of Amy.  Forgive me for taking upon myself what truly belongs to you.   Her help comes from You!  If she depends on me, I know I’ll disappoint her.  But You never fail, and You make her like a garden that always has enough water.  You’re always faithful, always enough.  Help her to know that You are all she needs.

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. – Lamentations 3:22

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11

If she is tempted to look for comfort in anything else, may she instead realize how the power of Your Holy Spirit allows her to overflow with hope and peace.  Nothing on this earth compares to the greatness of knowing You.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ – Philippians 3:8

Shield Her from Spiritual Attack

You, God, are a shield around us; Yaweh Magen! You protect us from the enemy who seeks to destroy, and you will not let us be put to shame. Your arm is mighty, and Your Word is powerful.  Let her hear Your voice and Your voice alone.

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” – John 10

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. – Psalm 3:3

You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, – Psalm 12:7

Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. – Psalm 25:20

The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’ – Exodus 15:9

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; – Luke 1:51

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. – Hebrews 1:3

When the enemy attacks her, let her faith in You protect her so that she may stand her ground. Bring your Word to her mind so that she may turn aside his assaults and fight the good fight.  Help her to remember that You give us the victory through Christ.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:10–18

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:12

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:57

You have conquered and disarmed the spiritual powers, and everything is in complete submission to You.  Because of the cross, Amy is a new creation, and nothing can separate her from Your amazing, unfailing love.

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. – Colossians 2:15

who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:22

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38–39

The enemy is defeated. You have crushed his head.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15

Build Her Love

Father, You loved us first—so much so that You sent Your Son to take our place. How incredible it is to think that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Nothing we do could ever compare to the riches of Your grace.

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:7

Help Amy to grow first in her love for You. May she be increasingly in awe of Your power, beauty, and grace. May she know more each day about the depth and width of Your love and respond with increasing love of her own.

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.  – Psalm 27:4

may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, – Ephesians 3:18

Help her to love me through all my failures while I learn to love her as Christ loves the church. May we see each other as You see us, and may we enjoy fulfilling each other’s desires in our marriage.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her – Ephesians 5:25

But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.  The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.  The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. – 1 Corinthians 7:2–4

Please give her a growing love for others in all that she does. Show her how to be Christ’s ambassador in the world and to be a woman defined by love so that others may glorify You. Because of that love, may she share the gospel with everyone.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. – 1 Thessalonians 2:8

 

  1. Pray For Her Strength
    “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7
  2. Pray For Increased Faith
    “And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” – Matthew 21:21
  3. Pray For Peace
    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
  4. Pray For Her Work
    “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23-24
  5. Pray For Encouragement
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
  6. Pray For Freedom From Fear
    “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
  7. Pray For Her Health
    “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” – 3 John 1:2
  8. Pray For Self-Control
    “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” – Proverbs 25:28
  9. Pray For Grace
    “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;” – Hebrews 12:15
  10. Pray For Confidence
    “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-36
  11. Pray For Her To Recognize Her Purpose
    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
  12. Pray For Her Needs
    “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
  13. Pray For Her Influence
    “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” – Ephesians 5:8
  14. Pray For Transformation
    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
  15. Pray For Sexual Intimacy
    “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” – 1 Corinthians 7:5
  16. Pray For Rejuvenation
    “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
  17. Pray For A Humble Spirit
    “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom” – Proverbs 11:2