Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Intercession For Her

That's the subtitle of a unique and helpful resource recently released by Andrew Case called Water of the Word (Createspace, 2008). Just as The Valley of Vision (a collection of classic prayers by great men of God from centuries past) has become a daily springboard for many of our prayer lives, helping us pray in a more God-centered way, Case's book will do the same to help us pray in a more biblically proactive way for our wives.
Water of the Word is a book of prayers (more than 200 of them) to help us articulate well what God wants us praying for them. As Case himself says in the introduction, every printed prayer is a compilation of Scripture carefully crafted into a prayer for God to bless, encourage, convict and shape our wives into the image of Christ. The result of such praying will be not only God's manifest answer in the form of an encouraged and sanctified wife, but we will be changed as we find ourselves more tender, patient and hopeful about the woman the Lord has entrusted to our care. Even more, God will be increasingly glorified in our marriages as we embody Christ to our wives (Eph. 5:25-27), mirroring His own intercession for us before God's throne for our good (Heb. 7:25).
Rather amazingly, Andrew Case isn't yet married. What a blessed woman she will be who discovers that her husband-to-be has been biblically interceding for her for years. That fact has caused me to begin to pray these prayers for the future wives of my two sons, and I plan to place copies in their hands once they hit their teen years. We, as the Bride of Christ, know the life-changing blessing of His intercession. Isn't it time our brides knew the blessing of ours?

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