This week as I was thinking about my husband, I heard God say something very powerful and very convicting to me.
We’ve been married now for just over three years and I can say with complete confidence that at this point in his life, I am the one person on this entire planet who knows him the best.
Not his college roommates, not his brothers, not his parents…me.
Obviously, it wasn’t always this way, but it kind of comes with the marriage territory. Eventually, you know each other better than anyone else. You spend so much time together, you can honestly say no one knows you better. Even people in your life you’ve known longer, you don’t know the same way as you know your spouse.
So, think for a minute, who do you know in your life the best? Who is the one person who you can honestly say you know better than anyone else? You might not be married, but it doesn’t have to be a spouse. Maybe it’s a sister, or a friend, a cousin, or a parent. Take a moment, and think. Who do I know better than anyone else? Even if you think there may be someone else who knows them better, who do you know the most?
Now, think about this phrase God shared with me last week in reference to my husband.
“Since you know him like no one else on this earth, you can pray for him like no one else on this earth.”
As a wife, I’m called to pray for my husband. I’m to ask the Lord to protect him, lead him from temptation, empower him, equip him, guide him, strengthen him. And honestly, I don’t.
Yes, occasionally I’ll pray for my husband. But it wasn’t until recently I realized I was praying for him the way I pray for most people really. When something is going on in their life that makes it seem like they “need” prayer, I will pray for that thing in their life. But I don’t pray for him day-in and day-out over everything he does. And I should!
I don’t think “should” is a great motivator, however. So I hope you’re not reading this and thinking of everything you “should” be doing in your faith walk. Instead, I want you to be motivated to action based on this sentence, “Since you know him/her like no one else on this earth, you can pray for him/her like no one else on this earth.”
Think back to the person you named earlier. Who do you know better than anyone else? Now think about how no one else can pray for that person the way you can. If anyone has ever told you something in confidence, or they’ve shared a struggle or pain with you they haven’t told anyone else about, you can pray for him or her like no one else on this earth.
You are in a unique position to lift that person up in the heavenly realms and ask God to work in him or her.
This is an awesome privilege, but also a big responsibility. Prayer is a powerful thing, and we cannot go through life thinking we can do without it.
As you ponder these things this week, I’d encourage you first and foremost to pray. Ask God to bless that person. Secondly, I’d encourage you to read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
I put out a video about this same topic if you’d prefer to watch instead of read: