Welcome to Our Journey of Faith. My blog is a place where I share the joys and trials of living a faith-filled life as the mother of an extra large (12 children) homeschooling family, and my prayer is that it brings encouragement to others to live their lives as an adventure of faith, as well.
Have any of you read any of Stormie Omartian's books on Prayer? She's written quite a few, including ...
The Power of a Praying Wife
The Power of a Praying Husband
The Power of a Praying Woman
The Prayer that Changes Everything
I have appreciated Stormie's books for many years. So, yesterday I bought one that I hadn't heard of before:
The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage
(previously published as:
Praying through the Deeper Issues of Marriage)
In this book,
Stormie addresses a LOT of common issues in Marriage ...
Anger / Abuse
Hardness of Heart
Our Top Priorities
The "D" Word
If Hope Seems Lost
While I look forward to reading through the whole book, this morning I skipped right to ...
Chapter 10: If You Are No Longer Each Other's Top Priority
(which is what happened in our marriage ... I was no longer at the top of Papa's Priority List).
Stormie had some good things to say.
She shared scripture.
She talked about how we must make God our #1 priority, and then the other priorities will fall into place.
Today, however, what I really needed was the specific prayers that she has written out at the end of each chapter.
Have you ever been at a place where you just didn't know how to pray? You didn't know what to pray?
That's where I've been.
While I have found myself sitting in a Mud Puddle , and walking through a Dark Tunnel, I haven't always known how to pray. I'm not angry with God. I don't feel as if God has forgotten me. But ... I haven't been able to pray. I haven't had the words to describe all of the feelings that are racing through my mind.
Prayer has been a huge priority in my life for the past 34 years. So, not being able to find the words to pray, has been a bit disheartening, to say the least. I haven't necessarily felt distant from the Lord, but I know that I haven't felt as close to Him as I should in such a time as this.
Here is one of the prayers that Stormie shares in Chapter 10 ...
Prayer for Protection (page 192)
Lord, I pray YOU would help (Jim) and me to always make You our top priority, and to make each other our priority under You. Enable us to live in Your love so that we can learn to love each other the way You want us to. Make us to be vessels through which Your love flows. Show us how to establish right priorities in our marriage and in our family.
I pray that we will not do anything "through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind" may we esteem each other better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Help us to always find time for one another to be a help, support, encourager, uplifter, lover, companion, and sharer of good things. Enable us to always bear the burden of the other concerning the difficult things that happen in life. Help us to choose each other over the other seemingly important things that vie for our attention. Teach us to set aside time to be together alone and to reaffirm each other as our top priority under You. In our seasons of necessary busyness, help us to be understanding of one another and in agreement as to how to handle those times successfully. Thank You that You have chosen us to be people for Yourself, "a special treasure" for Your glory (Deuteronomy 7:6). Help us to always find our treasure in You above all else. In Jesus' name I pray."
I wish I had learned to pray this prayer BEFORE we were in the midst of crisis.
Can you imagine the work that the Lord could/would do in each of our marriages, if we each committed to praying a prayer like this each and every day ... if we truly committed our priority lists to the Lord?
Stormie continued on with 2 more prayers for Chapter 10:
Prayer for Breakthrough in Me
Prayer for Breakthrough in My Husband/Wife
She really gets to the heart of the issues, whether we are the offender or the offended. We each have things to pray through ... we each have healing that needs to take place.
I would recommend this book for any marriage, whether or not you are currently walking through a crisis. We all need to learn how to pray for our marriages.
I'd love to hear if you've read any of Stormie's books ... and if they have helped you in your Prayer Journey.