When I woke up this morning, I felt a great burden and strong sense of urgency to be praying for the truth to be revealed to our husbands, and for the Holy Spirit to bring them revelation knowledge of God’s truth as revealed in His word. After praying for that, I started trying to figure out why the Lord wanted us to pray that so specifically, and even so urgently. While I don’t understand the urgency for it this morning, I do believe the Lord revealed why it’s such an important prayer. First, John 8:32 says Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And that makes a lot of sense, since we all want our husbands to be set free, and we know that Jesus came to set the captives free. But John 8:31 says To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. So in order for our husbands to REALLY know the truth, they have to REALLY be Jesus’ disciples and “hold to” His teachings, which means living in accordance with His word, including Malachi 2:13-16 (AMP) and 1 Peter 3:7 (AMP). Since I hadn’t really given a lot of serious thought to the importance of the truth and what the Bible says about it before, I couldn’t wait to get to BibleGateway.com and see what the Lord wanted to reveal, because I knew it was important.
The first verse I found was John 17:17, which says Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. Since sanctified means “set apart”, and in this context, it particularly means being set apart for the Lord, I was starting to get pretty excited! And then I found John 18:37, which says “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” What more could any of us want for our husbands than for them to listen to Jesus and to be set apart for Him, and live for His glory!
Then I found John 16:13-14, which says But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. I hope this speaks to every woman standing for marriage restoration as it did to me, because the thought of my husband FINALLY knowing and truly understanding ALL truth according to God, for the glory of Jesus, is pretty awesome and exciting!
Then I read John 8:44, which says You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. So once our husbands know and understand the truth, they can no longer be slaves to the lies and deception of the devil, and they’ll no longer serve his wicked and destructive purposes! And Psalm 119:30 says I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. So what a day of rejoicing it will be to be blessed with husbands who set their hearts on God’s laws! And then we will witness their transformation as revealed in Ephesians 5:8-10, which says For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
The women who have seen their husbands turn from their walk with the Lord to become so deceived by the lies of Satan can certainly relate to Galatians 5:6-8, which says For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. Seeing the phrase “faith expressing itself through love” in this context reminded me of John 14:15, which says “If you love me, you will obey what I command. So expressing faith through love means being obedient to the Lord’s commands, which makes even more sense when we consider the awesome promise in John 14:21, which says Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” Galatians 5:6-8 also confirms that Christians can be deceived and misled by Satan, even though called by the Lord, which is something many of us often struggle to believe and understand when we se our husbands caught up in such ungodly behavior. But praying for our husbands to come to the knowledge of God’s truth is what the Lord urges and expects us to do, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4, which tells us I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. And the Lord’s undeniable pleasure when we walk in the light of His truth is confirmed in 3 John 1:4, which says I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Sometimes, as we stand for marriage restoration, it’s too easy to get caught up in long, detailed prayers, when so many times something very simple will do. I think this is such a time. So let’s agree in prayer:
Dear Lord, we approach your throne of mercy, love and grace, and remind You of your awesome promise that we have the keys of the kingdom of heaven and that the gates of hell will not prevail against us, or our husbands who are sanctified through us. We thank You that what we bind here on earth is bound in heaven, and what we loose here on earth is loosed in heaven. So with the power of your word and in the authority of the name of Jesus, we bind Satan and all of his wicked and evil demons and spirits, and call all of their weapons, lies and deceptions against our husbands powerless and of no effect. And we loose the mighty, supernatural power of your word and the Holy Spirit to bring revelation of your truth, with all knowledge, wisdom and understanding, to the hearts, minds and spirits of our husbands. And all of this we do in accordance with your word and for the praise, honor and glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen!