I took a yoga class this semester for my PE credit. Oh my goodness, I think I’ve found a form of exercise that I actually enjoy! I love how yoga works out your whole body and you get your heart pumping… but without running!
Kara doesn’t run.
(I think the last time I ran was this one time seven months ago when I was babysitting for a family and their dogs got loose and I had to chase them through their neighborhood to get them back, but that’s a story for a different day.)
I attended a small Christian school from the 6th grade till when I graduated high school. In middle school, my athletics coach would sometimes talk to us about Jesus instead of making us run.
I absolutely loved those days. Because, again, #KaraDoesn’tRun
Sometimes he would start off the athletic period with a short devotional and plan on making us run afterwards, but we quickly discovered that if we just kept asking him questions, we could stall and maybe not have to run at all.
One day, he encouraged us to pray for our future spouses.
I don’t remember exactly what my coach talked to us about, only that I was convicted to start praying for my future husband.
That night, I sat down in my room, grabbed a green pen, and wrote out a prayer for my future husband.
I still have that prayer somewhere, and the bad handwriting and green-ink make me smile whenever I stumble across it.
In that first prayer, I essentially prayed that my future husband wouldn’t be in a gang or be an alcoholic or addicted to drugs. I suppose that I was worried I’d eventually fall in love with the bad boy my Christian school warned me against LOL. In other words, in my eyes today that first prayer was kinda silly.
However, that “silly” prayer started something that I still continue to do today.
I’ve written about praying for our future husbands A LOT here on Joy Because Grace. (Read those posts here, here, here, and here.) But I don’t want to create a misconception that I pray deep, long, elaborate prayers for my future husband on a daily basis.
That’s not true.
Honestly, I tend to only pray for him as often as I think of him… and some weeks this may happen on a more daily occurrence than other weeks.
And when I pray for him, it’s not typically a long, drawn-out prayer. Sure, sometimes it is if I’m driving in my car and have more time to continue praying. But typically these prayers of mine are simply prayer-flares up to heaven.
I’ve been thinking about how I pray for my future husband lately, and I’ve realized there’s one thing I tend to pray for more than anything else. I figured this one thing could be a great place for someone else to start praying for their future husband, so I decided to share it with you.
The one thing I pray for my future husband more than anything else is…
His relationship with Jesus.
That one thing is typically what I pray for when he crosses my mind.
Okay, so the exact words “Dear Jesus, I pray for my future husband’s relationship with You. Amen” aren’t typically what I utter.
Yes, my prayers for him tend to be short and sweet… but the exact wording tends to vary. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, the things I pray for are more like the following…
- May he love You more than anything else in the world.
- May He pursue a relationship with You before he does with any other person.
- May You draw him closer to Yourself.
- May he LONG to read Your word today.
- May he call out to You today.
- May he seek You with all of his heart.
- May he serve others following Your example.
- May he glorify you in all he does.
You see, I figure if my future husband loves Jesus more than anything else in the world, everything else will fall into place.
The things I listed in this post will naturally occur if he loves Jesus.
Moreover, the most important thing to me is that my future husband loves Jesus supremely. Thus, I guess it’s natural that this is the thing I most pray for.
If you want to start praying for your future husband, this is a good place to start.
Short, simple prayer-flares for your future husband’s relationship with Jesus.
Your prayers for your future husband don’t have to be long and complicated; something is far better than nothing after all. Simple prayers like the ones I listed above are a great way to help you form the habit of praying for him.
Once you’ve started this habit, you might like to go more in depth with your prayers for him. If so, I’d encourage you to check out the free Praying for Your Future Husband eGuide I wrote. This eGuide provides you with five sample prayers, based entirely off Scripture, that you can pray for your future husband. Grab your free eGuide here.
Praying for our future husbands now lays a foundation to pray for our husband once we’re married. I hope you’ll start incorporating this simple habit of praying for your future husband today. :)