prayers for my husband


It had to have been 5 or 6 months ago when a dear friend of mine and I were sitting down to Starbucks and sharing about life. We both voiced the need and desire we had to be faithful in prayer to our husbands but we rarely made time to pray for them specifically and purposefully. We wanted to be supportive wives – not bitter ones. We wanted to build our husbands up – not tear them down. we wanted to make prayer for them part of our schedule and daily routine.
It wasn’t long later when my friend came back to me with this prayer list she found. She had already started praying them over her husband and was enjoying having scripture that went along with each little paragraph. She printed off a copy for me and I went straight home to start writing on notecards each prayer. When you read the list here you will see that they are all written “pray that your husband…” when I began writing them down, I wanted to make them more personal so I wrote each card ” I pray that Bruce…”
I wrote a couple and left them on the table as I ran off to do errands. Bruce asked me later that night if I thought he was a bad husband because he read through the cards and saw that specific things were being prayed for like “I pray Bruce would see his sin” and ” I pray Bruce will stay faithful to his wedding vows” and then I would have multiple references at the bottom like I really was doing my research. I was taken aback and responded with ” no I am praying for you to prevent things like that and just cover you in prayer…” It was weird, life moved on, and I stopped writing the cards and praying intentionally.
Flash forward to last week. Bruce and I were running about doing the same old same old when he asked me out of nowhere if I still prayed for him with those cards. I said no and talked about how I thought he thought it was weird and made up excuses of why I stopped. He said ” I wish you would. I really appreciated that” I was shocked because I thought he really wasn’t on board with the whole card prayer list but it made me want to run back all the more to those cards and finish.
Now I can pray one prayer a day. Specific and intentional. If I have time and want to dive into it more I have references to research and commentaries to look up. Or I can just pray in the car. Or during my devotions…
I want you to think about it. Satan desires to destroy your husband. He wants to break him. He wants to tear down his character, his relationship with you, and his role of a father. Trust that by daily surrendering your husband to the Lord that the Lord would move and live in your husband and help him lead you and your family well.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life”
proverbs 31: 11-12
I wish that I finished the cards months ago. That I was faithful in prayer for Bruce even when he was unsure why I was praying because I want to create that habit and I want to be a wife who does my husband good. Now is better than never and I am starting now.
I highly encourage you to pray for your husband. I think it is one of the most important things us wives can do for them. If you want to use the templet and verses that I used click here or you can just make your own prayers up. Either way make sure you are daily lifting up your man. Imagine the impact you both can have for the kingdom if you stay faithful in prayer!

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • I have a list like this that goes with each month of the year for your kids- its an awesome thing to do 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that!

  • My core group girls and I are going through a book written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. My mom and I also went through some of her material when I was in highschool. She's a pretty wise woman 🙂
    p.s. these are even things us single ladies can pray for our future husbands, too!

  • What a great idea! And I love what Meg said; I prayed very specific things for my future husband when I was single, and now it's so cool to hear him talk about something in his past and I'll think, "Oh yeah, I remember praying you through that!"

  • Thank you for this! I missed that post and I'm excited to read and pray through them.
    I'm currently reading the Power of Praying Wife and loving that.

  • ThistleAshD I'd love to have that list also. I don't have kids of my own, but I've got a niece I'd love to be praying for. Similar idea to Heather Burris' about praying for future husbands/kids. Now is the time to build habits.

  • I LOVE this!!! I get so weary of seeing people…bloggers…whoever…complain incessantly about their husbands. One of my favorite quotes is "Don't talk bad about your husband to anyone. Ever." This of course doesn't mean our husbands are perfect, and of course I've had a vent session here and there with a close friend, but as far as publicly bashing the man I love and respect? No way, no how. This post is perfect – PRAY for our husbands. Whether they're acting perfect or not! 🙂

  • This is wonderful! Thank you for the ideas and inspiration.I am getting married in a little over a month and I am going to start this now. Thank you!

  • Aw! So sweet, Elizabeth. 🙂

  • you already know I love this idea 🙂 I made a prayer journal for Matt last summer and give it to him when we were going through a hard time..he appreciated it more than words could tell. I plan on doing the same thing when we get engaged, and giving it to him on our wedding day. cheesy? maybe. but being intentional in your prayer life for your significant partner is so, so important. these note cards are fantastic, elizabeth 🙂


  • I love this! I have a notebook I've written love letters to Kurt in since we first started dating. I wrote each of the 31 prayers and references in it and ill be praying one each day for him. In addition though, as I'm writing these, I'm going to be praying the same thing (or the wifely equivalent) for myself. These are powerful prayers, and great reminders of how frail we are, and how much The Lord is there to help us!

  • wow. this is such an amazing thing. i definitely think this is a great project to start, for both wives and husbands. i used to pray to God about preparing a husband for me, but now that I have E these prayers have basically ceased. what i need to do is start praying in a different way, recognizing the areas where E could struggle most in order to protect and dedicate him to God.
    LOVE this. thank you!

    grace & love,

  • I love everything about this! Such a great idea to write them out on cards, makes it much more intentional for me. 🙂

  • Amy

    love love love this!
    I'm not married, but i find myself praying for the marriages of my friends…satan desires to destroy marriages, you are right!

  • This post definitely tugged at my heart strings. I've been slacking on praying for my husband and I've seen these kinds of ideas floating around Pinterest. What a great idea to write them on flash cards!

    Thanks for also sharing the link of where your friend originally found the list!