Praying God’s Word for Your Marriage ( James Chapter 2) + a Book Recommendation
Praying God’s Word is a wonderful way to bring ourselves under His authority. As we pray His Word, we are assured we are praying according to His will instead of our will. We’ve all seen what happens when we try to do marriage our way instead of God’s way.
God’s Word is alive with His power. Praying His Word is like taking an antibiotic for our souls. God’s word reveals our impure motives and helps us to see the realities we would otherwise be blind to (Hebrews 4:12). Remember, we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world … (Ephesians 6:12).
Last week, I shared eighteen simple prayers for our marriages based on the first chapter of James (here’s the post). Today, we will pray through the second chapter of James. These prayers apply to every person, relationship and marriage. They were first posted on my blog at PrayersforNewBrides.com. I’m sharing a link to each post if you’d like to study the topic further.
Oh, and please don’t miss the book recommendation at the end of this post!
Lord, teach us to love so that we do not favor certain people over others.
- My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? James 2:1-4
Forgive us, Lord, for our self-righteousness.
- For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. James 2:10-11 Saying No to Self-Righteousness
Fill us, Lord, with the same mercy that Jesus has shown us.
- There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. James 2:13
Show us, Father, where we say we believe in You but do not act like it.
- What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:14-17
Lord, are you calling us to make a big sacrifice or take a big leap of faith?
- Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. James 2:21-24
Help us, Lord, to take risks that prove we believe in You.
- Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:25-26
Don’t Miss this Book!
My friend, April Cassidy, has recently released a book that I believe every wife should read. The Peaceful Wife: Living in Submission to Christ as Lord is a very honest look at how a woman raised in church learned the hard way to reorient her role as a wife around biblical commands. I can really relate to April’s experience and I am so thankful that she’s sharing her journey with me and you. Every one of us can learn from this book!
Here are just a few of my highlights from the early chapters of the book:
- “My sin poisoned my relationships with God and with Greg. The problem was, I didn’t see my sin at all.”
- “It was like I was looking at my “godly wife report card” where I had expected to get at least an A if not an A+, and I actually got a D.”
- “I quit running ahead of God and my husband. I decided I would wait right where I was emotionally, spiritually, and geographically until I was eighty years old if I had to, but I was going to wait on God and Greg to lead me. … This whole godly wife thing was all about my walk with Christ; it really wasn’t about how Greg treated me.”
- “Once we are honoring and obeying God, we stop being a stumbling block to our husband on his journey to hear, know, love, and submit to God.”
Don’t miss this book! You can find it here on Amazon.com. (affiliate link)
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.