There are countless wives standing in the gap who are believing for their husbands to “rise up” and walk in who God is calling them to be. Perhaps you’re one of them and could use some inspiration and encouragement to continue standing strong. We believe that in order to fully provide this for you, you’ll need our best resource – the Word of God. Keep reading for seven Scriptures you can declare and decree over your husband and his spiritual journey.
7 Scriptures for Wives Standing in the Gap
There are many angles to approaching this particular concept of standing in the gap. To make it practical, we’ll focus on seven key areas revolving around the biblical roles and calling in a man’s life. This will help you be as specific as possible when praying and meditating on behalf of your husband.
Purpose is something we have all been given, whether we’ve figured it out or not. While praying about your husband’s purpose, ask the Father to speak clearly to him and to help your husband realize who he is in Christ. Ask for his eyes of understanding to be enlightened so he clearly sees the hope of the Father’s calling.
Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
The mind is a powerful battleground and we can all agree that’s where many of the battles are fought and lost. Pray for a shield of protection on your husband’s mind. Ask the Father for increased help in taking thoughts captive and enabling your husband to be strong in the Lord. Stand on the following verse that deals with things that we all ought to think on – including our husbands.
Philippians 4:8 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
Fear is something we all battle with, yet, when it comes to men, it’s not always so easy to see. At the same time, fear could be part of the reason why your husband is not walking fully in who God called him to be. Pray that your husband would put fear in its rightful place and have it replaced with power, love, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:17 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Choices are at the basis of all we decide to do, including stepping into our roles called by God. Pray for your husband’s choices to be rooted in truth, discernment, and wisdom. Pray that he would listen to wise, godly counsel and be teachable by God Himself, not seeking to go his own way.
1 Corinthians 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”.
A person’s attitude will say a lot about their thoughts toward something. In the case of a husband walking out His God-given roles, the hold-up could be due to his attitude about it. Perhaps there could also be a bit of anxiety that is seeking to rob his peace. Regardless of the root of your husband’s attitude, declare his ability to allow love to come in so he can bear, believe, hope, and endure all things.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 – Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Stand on the Word that declares that all things are possible with God. Husbands often carry a lot on their shoulders and at times it can cause their faith to be shaken. Hold your husband up in prayer by declaring that his faith becomes a shield of protection and that he would know with certainty from where his belief comes from.
Romans 1:17 – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
We each have a past that often directly affects our present (and future). Pray that your husband is able to let go of his past and anything that contradicts his godly role today. Pray for a binding up of wounds and release restoration of his soul. Believe that he will be released from his past and will learn from it.
Ephesians 4:22-23 – You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.
Final Thoughts for Wives Standing in the Gap
As you read each section, take your time and submit yourself in prayer and meditation over what it’s saying. While prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening to Him. Both are necessary – combined with action – to activate the power of prayer. Trust and believe in the Word of God even if things look differently in the natural world. Cheering you on as you continue to stand in the gap!