In the first year or so after my fiancé and I broke up I often wondered if there would ever be a future husband for me. During that same season I heard the song Somewhere in the World, by Wayne Watson, a tender song of prayer for his sons’ future wife.
I found myself praying for my possible husband-to-be and for the man of God I hoped he would be. Not long after my husband and I became engaged, he gave me the verse Proverbs 31:10, even writing it on the matting of a photo of me as a blessing.
Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good. She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life, (Proverbs 31:10-12 HCSB, bold mine).
Years after we were married, a pastor spoke of verses 11 and 12 from the same passage and dear hubby tapped my leg and whispered that was true of me.
Our sons are now nineteen and twenty. Throughout their lives I have prayed over them and for them, including praying for their future wife. I am not as consistent now in my prayers, but whenever an attribute comes to mind, I pray for my sons and the women who may one day be my daughters-in-law.
I have watched marriages fail because one spouse never fully let go of his or her self to focus on the union they had made. No matter the determination of the spouse who is focused on the marriage, if the husband or wife is not, the marriage will not survive.
My prayers for my sons and their spouse still continue. Prayers for wisdom as they begin dating, for purity and forgiveness as they wait, grace and mercy for each other and themselves. A sense of teamwork and working together for the same goal.
Whether you are a parent or not, your prayers are just as precious. Pray for your nieces and nephews. Pray for your friends little children.
Each prayer spoken helps guide him or her, even if you never see the fruit of your prayer.
I am grateful for the people who spoke into my life and prayed for me- even before I was born, to know God and have His hands working in life. Those precious, precious prayers have not come back void and neither will your precious prayers.
Two songs that have resonated with me regarding my sons: