Last we we began this topic with our guest post “Making Prayer a Priority”. Praying definitely has got to be a priority in our lives, especially when you are praying for God’s continual guidance not just for yourself but for someone else.
You see it is so easy to push prayer on the back burner when things are going great and we don’t see an immediate issue we need to pray about. And as wives, if we are getting along great with our husbands, if they are well, if their jobs are great then we might not see a need to pray. But, we gotta! We have make prayer a priority in our families…for their blessings.
So today we continue with praying for husbands. At first I was going to say praying for our husbands, but it is not only about us praying for our husbands alone, but for us to uplift all husbands as well. Praying for our husbands is our primary focus as wives, but not the only focus. And besides, even if we are not wives we can and should still uplift husbands in prayer. So we will be praying for husbands today and by God’s grace, all husbands in our extended families, our church, our friends….each and every day from here on in.
Geesh, talk about a long prayer list we are going to have! But I suppose that is why the Bible says to “pray without ceasing” lol.
Let me first begin by saying that looking at praying for husbands is going to be in at least 3 parts. Why, because this role is one that represents Christ.
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
This text shows something very important that is often missed- that the marriage relation represents the relationship between Christ and His Church.
Just as Christ is the head of the Church, so a husband is the head of the family. It is the role of husbands that represents the role of Christ. For a husband to properly fulfill his role he MUST know who he is representing- he MUST KNOW CHRIST!
“Husbands should study the pattern and seek to know what is meant by the symbol presented in Ephesians, the relation Christ sustains to the church.”
So then, who is Christ? And what does it mean to know Him?
We will begin by answering the latter question first and move on to the next question in our next post.
When the bible talks about knowing a person, it does not talk about seeing people or being aquatinted with them. Adam knew his wife and they conceived, Abraham knew Sarah and she conceived. What the bible refers to as knowing refers to something something personal…something real…something intimate.
Knowing who Christ is is having an INTIMATE knowledge of Him. The bible talks about Adam intimately knowing his wife and them having a children. When we have such an intimate relationship that we experience Him, we have a bond with Him that is personal… is real… is lasting… This is what knowing Christ is all about.
In order for a husband to take up the responsibility of being head, he must intimately know Christ whom he is representing.