For the last few weeks we have been looking at praying for husbands. We covered several topics in this series so far, beginning with praying for ourselves as the intercessor and then for praying for husbands. Here there are.
Praying for Ourselves
Praying For Husbands
1. Making Prayer A Priority– Guest Post
Today we continue with looking at praying for husbands with a little story from the recesses of my mind…
The Cockroach and the Man
Now there was a cockroach who lived in a beautiful home on the edge of a forest. One day the cockroach decided to leave home and wander through the forest. The forest was scary, treacherous even, and the cockroach longed to be free from that forest, but he had lost his way.
At last he came to the edge of a slippery cliff. The cockroach said to himself, “I’m a cockroach and I will simply climb down this cliff and go on my merry way. I am not going back into that forest no matter what!”
So the cockroach began to climb down the cliff’s edge, but he slipped and fell. What ever was he doing to do?
Just then, he heard the man from the home in which he lived on the top of the cliff. He looked over and saw that the cockroach was in danger. He longed to help.
“A cockroach?!” you wonder.
There was no way for the man to help that cockroach except him climbing down that cliff. He had no rope. There was no way he could reach that cockroach unless…
…he became a cockroach too and climbed down to reach the fallen cockroach…
And he did.
Jesus loved us so much that he left all heaven to come and take our place.
That is love.
He left heaven to take our place not when we were friends, but when we were enemies.
What is an enemy?
Someone who hates you, hurts you, and if they get the chance will kill you…
This is the type of love that husbands are to have.
A love that despite being hurt, ignored, treated badly…
This is what is means to be the head as Christ is the head.
Romans 5:6-8 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us.
Ephesians 5:25-27 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
But, remember, this means that the husband must give his wife the same sort of love that Christ gave to the Church, when he sacrificed himself for her. Christ gave himself to make her holy, having cleansed her through the baptism of his Word—to make her an altogether glorious Church in his eyes. She is to be free from spots, wrinkles or any other disfigurement—a Church holy and perfect.