Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pray For Your Wife: 31 Day Challenge—Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen: That she would sever the root of bitterness

“Let all bitterness… be put away from you…” –Ephesians 4:31

There are a myriad of consequences that can lead to our wives becoming bitter. But at its root bitterness is a mark of rebellion instead of redemption. Therefore, all bitterness must be put away. “A spirit of antagonism and hostility” comes from a hardness of heart that finds its source in unbelief. A bitter heart is one that no longer delights in God’s salvation or trusts in His goodness. Our wives (and we) are not immune to a bitterness of heart. Let’s pray today that our wives would sever the root of bitterness.

Lord, thank you for redeeming my wife. Thank you that you “work all things together for her good”, which is ultimately conformity to Christ. Lord, at times redemption is painful. Life is tough. You seem distant. And yet you are working. Rescue my wife from bitterness that springs from unbelief. You have made her a Naomi (pleasant, agreeable, sweet) through the work of Jesus. Rescue her form the temptation to live as a Mara (bitter). Cause her to rejoice today in the joy of her salvation. Amen.

5 comments:

  1. Spirit of God, I praise you for your work of creation in my wife, Lois. You have given her life and a heart for the things of God. I pray that you will continue to work in her as she ministers in the name of Christ and is exposed to some of the worst other Christians have to offer as those not yet fully sanctified. I pray that you keep her heart tender and open. I pray that she not be moved to bitterness, but continues diligently in the love of Christ for his Church as one broken for God.

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