Marriage is a beautiful journey, and prayer plays a vital role in nurturing and strengthening the bond between husband and wife. As wives, we have the incredible opportunity to uplift our husbands in prayer, seeking God’s guidance, protection, and blessings over their lives. Some may not know how to start praying for their husbands and others may have been praying since before they were married.
No matter where you are on your prayer journey we can all admit that sometimes we need encouragement in our prayer life. Let us explore eight powerful ways to pray for your husband that are aligned with scripture, and discover how God might use it in your marriage.
Here are 8 unique areas of your husband’s life you can be praying over:
- Pray for His Spiritual Growth:
First and foremost, pray for your husband’s spiritual growth and maturity. Ask God to deepen his relationship with Him, to grant him wisdom and discernment, and to help him grow in his faith. Scriptures like Ephesians 1:17-18 (ESV) – “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you” – and Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV) – “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” – remind us of the importance of praying for our husbands’ spiritual development.
- Pray for His Strength and Courage:
Life, with all its daily challenges, requires much strength and courage. As his wife, you can pray for your husband’s resilience and boldness in the face of adversity. Referencing Joshua 1:9 (ESV) – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – and Psalm 27:14 (ESV) – “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” – ask God to infuse him with the confidence and bravery needed to overcome obstacles and pursue righteousness.
- Pray for His Health and Well-being:
Prayer for your husband’s physical, emotional, and mental health is crucial. Approach God with heartfelt petitions for his overall well-being. Seek guidance from Psalm 103:2-5 (ESV) – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” – and 3 John 1:2 (ESV) – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” – asking God to grant him vitality, protection, and peace.
- Pray for His Leadership
God has placed husbands as the spiritual leaders of their households. Pray for your husband’s role as a leader, that he may align his decisions with God’s will. Drawing from Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” – and Ephesians 5:23 (ESV) – “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” – ask God to guide him in leading with love, humility, and wisdom, both within your family and in the wider community.
- Pray for His Work and Finances:
Work and finances often carry significant weight in our lives. Lift up your husband’s career, business endeavors, or any financial concerns he may have. Proverbs 22:29 (ESV) – “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men” – and Philippians 4:19 (ESV) – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” – remind us to trust God for provision and success. Pray for his professional growth, favor, and stewardship of resources.
- Pray for His Relationships:
Relationships greatly impact our lives, including marriage. Intercede for your husband’s relationships, asking God to bless them with harmony, understanding, and genuine connections. Also that he would seek and build deep and lasting Godly friendships. Scriptures such as Proverbs 13:20 (ESV) – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” – and 1 Peter 3:8 (ESV) – “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” – inspire us to pray for godly friendships and healthy family ties.
- Pray for His Protection:
The world can be a challenging and uncertain place. Pray for your husband’s protection from physical harm, emotional distress, and spiritual attacks. Invoke the power of Psalm 91:9-11 (ESV) – “Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” – and Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” – asking God to shield him from all evil and temptation, and lead him on paths of righteousness.
- Pray for Your Marriage:
Lastly, pray for your marriage as a whole. Seek God’s blessings, guidance, and grace to sustain and deepen the love you share. Invoke the wisdom found in Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV) – “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken” – and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV) – “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” – praying for unity, patience, forgiveness, and a thriving partnership.
Prayer is a powerful gift that can transform your marriage and bring you closer to God and your husband. By praying for your husband’s spiritual growth, strength, health, leadership, work, relationships, protection, and your marriage as a whole, you are inviting God’s presence and guidance into every aspect of your lives.
As you embark on this journey of praying for your husband, remember that prayer is not a one-time event but an ongoing conversation with God.
If you need more specific and intentional prayer inspiration, please grab a copy of our books, 31-Prayers For My Husband and 31-Prayers For My Wife.
Aaron and Jennifer Smith
Aaron and Jennifer Smith are the authors and founders of MarriageAfterGod.com. We are passionate about encouraging couples to set their eyes on God while boldly asking the question, “God, what can our marriage do for you?” In our books, we share personal stories of failure and victory from our own marriage while pointing to the wisdom in God’s Holy Word. We have been married for over 16 years and are raising five young children, and we are no strangers to the enemy’s attack on marriage. We hope to equip you to be prepared, inspired, and encouraged to live boldly, chasing after God’s purposes together. Ever since we got married, we have purposed to serve God and build His kingdom together. We blog, write books, and host a weekly podcast urging couples to say yes to God and to be used by God for His extraordinary purposes.