The Awkward Thing about Praying for Your Future Husband

When praying for your future husband, have you ever wondered if your prayers are going to be answered? Have you ever secretly wondered whether years from now, you’ll still be single, looking back and thinking your prayers were all wasted?

What if you never get married?

We don’t want to ask it. We don’t want to think about it. I know not everyone wants to get married, but most of us do. And the hard truth is, we all know people who have never married. Some wait for many, many years. And some marry as soon as they graduate from high school.

Life isn’t fair. It’s so hard to see someone who longs to be married, having to wait patiently as the years tick by. I don’t understand it. And I don’t think it’s meant to be understood.

God knows the future though, and it’s our duty to trust Him. You have purpose in singleness because this is where He has you, and He will carry you through.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

This might sound funny, but pray about praying for your future husband.

Ask for wisdom. (He promises to give that.) Spending excessive hours praying for your future husband, may blow perspective way out of proportion. We don’t want to over-focus on the future, or worse– paint a fairy tale picture. Pray, trust God, and go live your life right now.

Prayer is not a waste, it’s a part of our relationship with God.

If you have a desire in your heart for marriage, than talk to Him about that. Pray to Him about your future husband. When you feel loneliness, lift up a prayer. Another reason I like the “praying for us” idea (shared in last week’s post) is that it’s not all about Mr. Wonderful. It’s about what God wants to do right here and now in your life as well. Let Him write the story of your life. You’ll never regret it.

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Theme of the Month: A Different Approach to Praying for Your Future Husband

Have you ever prayed for your future husband? Does the idea fill you with excitement or confusion?

Praying for my future husband is something that I did here and there over the years, but about a year and half ago, I got more serious about it.

I’d stumbled across a 31-day prayer guide for praying for my future husband, and after sharing it with friends, I started to pray more consistently for him and keeping a journal with the prayers. It was an amazing experience.

I started to realize that my prayers sounded like I was asking for a perfect man. That was a problem. I knew in my heart he could never be all these things that I was praying for him to be. He’s going to fail at times, just like me, and he will need God’s grace.

A husband and wife are meant to live life as one. They’re meant to support one another in their respective roles and to be knit together in God’s love. Here I was praying for my future husband to exhibit the many characteristics of a godly man, but did I have the characteristics of a godly woman?

My future husband isn’t the only one who needs prayer. I do too!

A slight change happened. Instead of praying, “Help him to be patient and trust your timing,” I started praying, “God, help us to be patient and trust your timing.” It took the focus off my future husband, and made it all about what God is doing in us.

Prayer isn’t a formula, and neither is the future. It’s all a step of faith.

This printable shares a prompt for each day this month. I hope this inspires you to get more personal in your prayers for yourself and your future husband. If you’re already married, these are ideas of how to pray for your single friends.

Click for printable PDF: Prayers for You and Your Future Husband

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Encouragement for When You’re Failing to Pray

I’ve done a bad job praying this week.

It’s no wonder that as I stared at the screen wondering what to share in this week’s post, nothing great was coming. I felt like a hypocrite. How could I write a post on prayer, when I’ve not taken the quality time for it like I should have this week?

I could come up with some excuses. Life’s been busy, and at least I have prayed throughout the week, but I’ve been slipping into “Martha mode” again and missing truly resting in His presence.

But do you know what the good news is?

Prayer is not a job; and I’m not fired.

In fact, my heavenly Father is longing for me to put aside the distractions, and carve out some special time for Him.

Prayer is a privilege. It’s a gift. It’s a part of our relationship with our Maker. And what a beautiful thing that is.

Perhaps you feel the same as me this week. If so, I want to encourage you that you’re not alone.

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points  tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Let’s go to the throne of grace and begin to pray again.

And if you’ve never known sweet time of prayer with God, than there’s only one thing you need to do.

Start it. Carve out some time regularly to just come to Him and talk to Him. Open up your heart and allow Him to be King of it. Draw close to Him as your redeemer, savior, friend. He’s waiting there for you.


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10 Great Prayer Warriors and Biographies About Them!

It’s getting colder, and the nice warm fire is more desirable than the outdoors. Why not take this time to curl up with a great book and read about some prayer warriors? Biographies are a great way to learn about others and grow in your prayer life.

Here are some books that will encourage you!

1) Oswald Chambers (Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God: The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest)

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Oswald worked with soldiers in Egypt during World War I. He has an amazing story of how God worked through his life, even though it was cut short. His prayers and faithfulness are encouraging to read about.

2) Katie Davis Majors (Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful)

15 *More* Can't-Miss Books Coming in 2017 ...Katie is a young lady who works in Uganda. She has daily trials and has to work hard to share the Word of God to those who have never heard it. Her newest book is about her spiritual journey and how she lives by prayer and faith in Christ.

3) William Borden (Borden of Yale)

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William had it all. His father was rich and he could have done anything he wanted, but William chose to follow the Lord. His prayer life was amazing, and it looked like he had utterly wasted his life. While the world shook their head at his faith, William made a difference in the lives of many people.

4) Hudson Taylor (Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret)

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Prayer can change the world, and Hudson proved it. A missionary in China, Hudson had to rely on prayer and the power of God to get him through tough situations. This guy is an awesome example to us to follow.

5) William Wilberforce (Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery)

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Prayer and politics…really? Yes, William changed the course of politics with prayer. He worked for years to eliminate the slave trade in England, and with prayer and politics, William succeeded.

6) George Washington (George Washington’s Prayers)

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This man prayed and led our nation to a new beginning. His powerful prayers show the faith of a mustard seed in action.

7) Elisabeth Elliot (Elisabeth Elliot: Joyful Surrender)

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When her husband was killed, Elisabeth didn’t have much left. She was alone in a foreign country, but she put her faith in God. Her prayer life kept her going through a tragedy.

8) Don Wildmon (Don Wildmon: The Man the Networks Love to Hate)

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Can anyone change TV? Well, this man changed TV through prayer. The founder of the American Family Association, Don set out to change the TV industry and make it a more godly place. Prayer was a central part of his life and his ministry.

9) John Wesley (The Journal of John Wesley)

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Are college campuses hopeless? Well, John Wesley stepped foot on a college campus as a youth and changed the world. He led many of his friends to Christ and started a group to keep the faith in college. Prayer was a central part of John’s story.

10) David Brainerd (The Life and Diary of David Brainerd: With Notes and Reflections)

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Though he had tuberculosis, David served as a missionary to the Indians in the early 1700s. He kept on sharing the Gospel and praying for strength until the months before he died. His constant faith and his prayer life are really powerful!

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Someone is Praying for Me (a prayer poem)

Sharing with us this week is a sweet sister in Christ, Odelia Chan (you can check out her blog here). Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful poem, Odelia!

When doubts and fears cloud the way:
And I watch, helpless, as dreams slip away;
On nights when I think, “I’ve wasted another day”
I remember—someone is praying for me.

Days when I felt lost without pen or paper,
Reached out to a friend, and –for me –she wasn’t there
All alone, and suddenly feeling  God’s presence here
And I know why—someone is praying for me.

(originally posted on Odelia’s Blog.)

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Are You Ready to Climb on the Roof?

One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:17-20)

Are you ready to climb onto a roof?

Perhaps there’s a friend you’re thinking of right now who has a desperate need. Are you ready to carry them to Jesus?

The paralytic man had true friends. They didn’t make excuses. They weren’t half-hearted. They put their faith into action and climbed right onto that roof and lowered their friend down to the Savior.

Let’s be that kind of friend–the roof-climbing, prayer warrior kind.

The friend that doesn’t quit when the way is hard. The friend that keeps praying. The friend that carries others to Jesus.

Who can you carry to Jesus today?

And I used to think it mattered if I understood
But now I just don’t know

Well, I’ll admit sometimes I still wish I knew what to say
And I keep looking for a way to fix it all
But we know we’re at the mercy of God’s higher ways
And our ways are so small

But I will carry you to Jesus
He is everything you need
I will carry you to Jesus on my knees

It’s such a privilege for me to give this gift to you
All I’d ever hope you’d give me in return
Is to know that you’ll be there to do the same for me
When the tables turn

And if you need to cry go on and I, I will cry along with you, yeah
I’ve given you what I have but still I know the best thing I can do
Is just pray for you

I’ll carry you
I’ll take you to Jesus on my knees

“Carry You to Jesus” by Steven Curtis Chapman


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A Thankfulness Prayer

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150)

After reading this passage, I just want to praise the LORD and never stop!


    I want to begin by thanking you! I want to praise YOUR name!

    You have given ME (of all people) life! Not only life here on this earth, but life everlasting.

    YOU were the one that made my feet to walk and my hands to move! You opened my mouth so that I could speak praises to you! You made my eyes so that I could see! You made my ears so that I could hear!

    You placed me here! Right here, where I am, for your purpose and your glory!

    You gave me a family and a home! You blessed me with talents and gifts!

     YOU, O LORD, made the trees and the grass; the flowers and the earth were made by YOU! You created the world that I see around me! You gave the birds their wings and the fish their fins! You breathed life into each creature here on this earth!

    Praise your name forever, Yahweh!

    You placed each creature where it needs to be! You created the sky, the moon, the sun! You placed the planets and the stars in the night sky! Your hand of creativity shines through the darkness of this world!

    Your majesty and power overwhelm the works of man! What is man compared to you, O LORD? You are the Mighty God!

    Thank you for friends and those that encourage me in the Word!

    Thank you for food and water; for spiritual food and for spiritual water!

    Thank you for the rush of joy that I feel when I praise your name!

    Thank you for Christ and His salvation!

    Thank you for loving me and caring about me!

    May I never forget the God that created me!

    Thank you LORD for everything!


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He Knows Your Secrets

This truth might terrify you, but it also might be the comfort you need today:

God knows your secrets.

Pretty scary, eh? He knows our every thought. He knows our every hope and dream and disappointment and sin.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)

Sometimes in fear we hide from Yahweh, thinking we’re too messed up to approach Him, thinking He’s too holy to love us sinners. Other times we get so caught up in ourselves, our lives, our self-righteousness, that we’re blind to the broken places in our hearts.

We all have brokenness. And it’s in those broken, human places that the light breaks through. It’s in those ugly places that He wants to meet with you. In those secret battles in our minds and hearts, He wants to be victorious. In our weakness He is glorified.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Maybe you don’t feel like you have much faith today. But you can come before Him anyway, knowing that He sees you and loves you and wants to bring you out of the brokenness that haunts you.

Let Him do what His Spirit always does.

Let Him heal. Let Him redeem. Let Him do a new work. Let Him break your heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh. Let Him change your course. Let Him be the one in control.

Truth be told, I need these reminders everyday.

Surrender isn’t easy for any of us. A life lived for eternity is often a painful road, yet it’s filled with the deepest joy–a joy that circumstances can’t steal away, and that hardship only strengthen. I want that joy. How about you? And there’s only one way to receive it.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:9-11)

Where does your soul need healing?

Surrender those secret places of your heart to the One who loves you more than any other. And prepare yourself to be amazed at what He does.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)


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A Prayer for Our Veterans (And Other Ways to Show Appreciation)

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 each year in the United States. It was the day that Germany surrendered in 1918. On November 11, 1918 at the eleventh hour, the Great War (later called World War 1) was over.

Americans have this day to honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

Whether you live here in the States or somewhere else in the world, we should thank those that have risked their lives for us to live in freedom.

Here is a prayer that I have written in honor of Veterans day.

Heavenly Father, there is none like You! Thank You for my country, the United States. Thank You of the freedom that I have to freely worship You. I want to take this time to pray for the veterans of my country. Thank You for those men and women that have risked their lives for my freedom. Help me to have a new appreciation for those that have served in the military. Amen.

Her are some other ways to thank veterans:

1)When you see a hat that says, “Vietnam Veteran”, take the time to walk up to the person and say thank you.

2)Write a letter to a veteran that you know thanking them.

3)If you have a family member that served, be sure to call them up and thank them.

4)Anyone in uniform, be sure to thank them for their service to our country.

5)Make something and take it by your local VA or Post for the veterans there to thank them for their service.

6)Be sure to pray for those that are serving our country now.

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Guest Post: “A Chance” poem by Faith

A Chance

You have a chance
To have a private conversation
With the God who has made you
And remade You in His image,
The One who made The earth and all that are on it
The sea and all that dwell in it;
The heavens and all that fill it.
The King of Kings,
The Lord of Lords,
The One who holds the world in his hands.
The One who can do anything,
Who loves you more than anyone could,
Who died on the Cross for you,
And who wants the best for you.
Your Father who adopted you,
Who knows your deepest secrets,
And wants to hear your voice.

So why don’t you pray?

-Meet Faith-

Faith is a thirteen-year-old writer who loves her Savior most ardently. She enjoys sharing her love and teaching good lessons through her writing. You can find more of her work at

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