Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4
I used to think single girls who prayed for husbands, they didn’t have yet were silly. I remember being younger, hearing mid-twenties single girls talk about praying for their husbands and saying in my head, ‘find a boyfriend first‘. I mean you aren’t in a relationship so who are you praying for huh? It really didn’t make any sense to me. When the Holy Spirit takes me down memory lane to see memories such as these, I realize I’m really not as bright as I like to believe because it was very foolish to think we should wait to pray for our future only when we get there. I mean?? If my husband is reading this right now, babe you are more than free to hold this against me in any argument we would have. This is what they call in Akan ‘3ti wuo’ (literally translated as dead in the brain) hehe I am however pleased to announce that the young is growing and maturing. She has come to understand that in the Kingdom of God, we pray TO see not pray what we already see. We pray to reveal and establish the Will of God in our lives. In the kingdom of God we send forth the promises of God into our future before we get there.
This is not my topic but I’m led to talk a little concerning prayer. First of all, the art of prayer is a huge step of faith on its own. Prayer is a power weapon we as Christians have. If it wasn’t powerful, the devil would not be trying his hardest to prevent us and distract us from constantly praying. God doesn’t want us to pray for today in today, we should have prayed about today, years ago. What I mean is true prayer is set to prevent things and establish things way before you step into the moment. God doesn’t want you to pray when you fall into temptation, He wants you to have prayed to prevent the temptation from happening at all. ” LEAD us not into temptation“, notice how it didn’t say rescue us out of temptation but praying against future occurrences of temptation. God doesn’t approve of emergency prayers it’s why He lays it on our hearts to pray against future mishaps today. So don’t ignore them. When you are led to pray for someone or something don’t assume because you aren’t seeing it manifest now, it’s not urgent so you can shake it off or put it off for later. Be sensitive to the spirit.
God doesn’t approve of emergency prayers, it’s why He lays it on our hearts to pray against future mishaps today
Okay so back to what I was saying, I would look at these young women wondering how sad of them to be praying for something they don’t have yet. From last year I joined the sad mid-twenties husband praying bunch myself hahaha. Sometime last year, God would lay it on my heart so strongly to raise my husband up in prayer and I’m there thinking ‘oh Jewie you’ve become one of them. You are the most ‘singlest’ 24 year old in the history of 24 year olds yet you are here praying for your husband’ but to obey is better than sacrifice so I’d obey. I mean I wasn’t even going to tell anyone what I was praying for so i was safe lol Sometimes this burden would take a day before it lifts, sometimes a week and I’d stay on it until it lifted.
Early this month, the 3rd of July to be exact, I woke up and the first thing was to speak the promises of God into the life of my husband. Then the Holy Spirit took me through my days on the 1st and 2nd and showed me that I had unconsciously been declaring things over his life but now He wants me to be intentional about it. My first reaction was ‘this man better be on his knees praying and fasting for me too because this isn’t fair.‘ But really even if He’s not (He better ooo), my praying for him is praying for us so I’m good! Lol I named it ‘my baeclarations’ (oh nice! my phone has recognized the word to auto finish it for me) so baeclarations is by the leading of the Holy Spirit declaring out loud truth over your spouse. Declaring the word of God, speaking the promises of God over their life now and in the future and coming against things that want to come against them. I do mine throughout the day, I don’t have a specific time frame! Most of it however happens right when I wake up and again when I’m going to bed but all through the day I’m prompted on something to declare. Somewhere out there, a man is becoming a cheerful giver, He’s learning to submit wholly to God. He’s building a better relationship with his father, He’s building up a healthy appetite for prayer, He’s warring in the Spirit, a girl somewhere is losing interest in him because He’s not hers(shwe). Out there somewhere my man is putting down soda and picking up water because I have and am praying concerning his heath lol He’s learning the place of a husband. He’s becoming more patient( if you’ve met me you’d understand why hehe) He’s learning to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger amongst the 18 million things I’ve been declaring over his life in these past 26 days.
So today, I’m sharing what I’ve learnt, still learning and what I’ve noticed since I started the baeclarations. First thing is that intercessory prayer or declaration should be selfless. Don’t pray for personal gain, pray for the betterment and preservation of the person. If it in the long run affects you that’s fine but it shouldn’t be your only motivation. You also need to learn to pray for the will of God to be done and not your own will. When the Holy Spirit said to be intentional about the declarations, my first thought was ’30 billion for his account ooo’ and He checked me on that because I was already seeing MY trips and bag collections in my mind’s eye. He said if I was already thinking selfishly with something as little as intercessory prayer then I would be very selfish in my marriage. So yes lesson one be selfless in praying for others.
Lesson 2, there is no such thing as ‘too early’ to pray for your spouse. If you are anything like I was, I know you are probably thinking I have school to think about, work or money moves. Ain’t nobody got time to pray about a spouse. I mean it’s not in even in my immediate future and that’s okay but what do you stand to lose? It’s almost like saying you won’t save because you have all you need right now. Praying for your spouse ahead of time is like putting money away for the rainy days instead of waiting for it to rain then you try to find a way out.
Lesson 3: Things we see in the natural already exist in the supernatural so we shape our reality by calling forth the things predestined by God in the supernatural into the natural. So you aren’t wasting your time praying for someone you haven’t met yet, you are actually picking up the image of God, taking His will which is already available in the supernatural and birthing it forth into the natural. It’s by the word of God the world is created and it’s by that same power our future is created as well. So in praying for your future or for your spouse now, you are establishing the will of God. You are speaking the future you want to see tomorrow, today.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.(Jeremiah 33:3).
Lesson 4 : Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come(John 16:13) God is not interested in emergencies and surprises. It’s why He said He’d tell you things to come. It’s one of the many advantages we have fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. He will prompt you concerning things before they happen. He will lay them on your heart for you to deal with them or establish them before the time comes. I’m here now and single praying for my husband’s health thinking what if He never has any major crisis? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to wait and experience the ‘what if he does’. God prompted me to raise that up for a reason. I don’t know if it’s a thing happening right now or a future thing but I don’t want to find out, I just want to obey and deal with it before it’s actually made manifest. Even if nothing was set to happen to him ever, I still lose nothing praying for him.
Yup so that’s my first four lessons I’ve learnt from this journey. I’d definitely be bringing you more. You need to pray for the future you want today. Once in a while lift your spouse up in prayer whether you are dating or single, stand in the gap and intercede on their behalf. Speak the things you want to see manifest in the future. Also, imagine how divine and beautiful it would be to see the things you prayed for play out months or years from now. Before I sign off let me just mention that I noticed just yesterday that Amanda Pittman @amandaapittman on instagram who is a young christian public figure is starting a 5 day #prayforyourfuturespouse challenge. The link to sign up is in her Bio. Until next time, stay blessed!