I love reading my Bible and spending time in prayer. When I have time to sit and not worry about what the kids are doing or what chores need to be done, I just read and pray. God reveals so many things when I spend time with Him. His Word becomes so personal to me and He will do the same thing for you. When do we find time to read and pray? Some of us have to carve out time, maybe in the fringe hours of the morning before the house wakes up, maybe while the kids are all at school, maybe after everyone has gone to bed or even during your lunch hour. We all crave a time of peace.
Catherine Marshall once said, “The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s Will and to make that Will our prayer.” In those moments when we find God’s Will, we find peace.
Peace has so many meanings such as rest, security, ease, quiet, to keep silent. Peace is used many times in the Bible and in the original Hebrew word, shalom, it means peace as it is found with Him, to be with Him, perfect peace, and completeness.
Take a look at Romans 5: 1,2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
The hinge word is peace. Underline it in your Bible.
Peace = with Him, such as to be at, perfect peace, completeness.
Peace is a gift from God.
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
In both Old and New Testaments, peace is described as the result of having a right relationship with God and with others. The Greek word eirēnē has the meaning similar to the Hebrew word shalom. A sense of well-being and fulfillment is the spiritual, peace that comes from God and alone is dependent on His presence (Gal 5:22)
Spiritual peace is experienced during times of trouble and turmoil by believers who walk in the Spirit despite everything going on around them. This is the promise of God (Ps 29:11). Watching the news every evening is enough to cause even the godliest, most optimistic woman to want to stay in bed and pull the covers over her head. It’s scary out there girls and a girl name Abigail knew that it was.
In 1 Samuel 25: 1-42 we find a story about Abigail. Abigail was a very intelligent and beautiful wife but married to a wealthy scoundrel named Nabal who was harsh and overbearing. Some women today are in unhappy marriages by their own choice but Abigail probably entered this union by no choice of her own because arranged marriages were most common. This woman of faith acted humbly and wisely by giving David and his men food to save the lives of the household.
Read 1 Samuel 25:1-42
Nabal did not appreciate what David had already done to protect his fortune. When David’s men asked for help and were denied David wanted revenge but God sent a woman, Abigail, through the wilderness with sustenance and appreciation. She admitted that her husband had made a mistake and should not have turned away David’s men but that she was sorry she did not greet them first. David spared their lives and thanked Abigail for obeying the Lord by seeking them out and providing what they needed. Most importantly he thanked her for stopping him from murder.
Abigail offered hospitality in the face of hostility, she was an intercessor for God. Ultimately, Nabal died of “natural” causes. When David learned of his death, he pursued Abigail as his wife, the intercessor.
Intercessor is one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gaps between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power. ~Hannah Hurnard
I want to focus on the word intercessor. This isn't a new word to me but recently, I realized that was what I had become for my husband and family. There is another intercessor in the Bible, Anna. She spent her days as a widow in the Lord's house honoring Him, praying for others, and serving as a a prophetess by speaking God's truths. She loved the Lord with all her heart. When she found herself alone at a presumably young age, she turned straight to the Lord. She spoke to many people about the coming of the Messiah with such hope and belief. Her story is a brief but amazing one. Abigail and Anna both served others by interceding for them.
Ladies, we are being called in this day and age to not only pray for our husbands but to intercede for them in prayer. In doing so, we become peacemakers. We are called to kneel in prayer, bang on heavens gates with our voices, enter the throne room of God for our husbands. Isaiah 62:6-7 says ...I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remain the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest..." You my friend, are a watchman for your husband. The power that you have as an intercessor will astound you. Standing guard over your husbands promises from God with prayer and thanksgiving moves mountains in your marriage. He brings direct peace to your heart. Your prayers are heard; the Lord hears your cries for your marriage and your husband.
Ephesians 6:18 tells us with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirt, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints..."
Do you hear your calling? Do you see your importance and purpose in your marriage? Does your heart beat faster knowing that you have the power within you to intercede for your husband? Imagine! Dream! Take hold of the vision that God is putting in your heart for the marriage you so desire. Pray. Petition.
The good news, when you're tired, weary, wordless, lost, confused, and feel the fight is gone. The Holy Spirit will intercede for you. Romans 8:26 & 27 I can not press firmly enough that you need to open God's Word and read this for yourself. Be blown away by the power you have in your prayer.
While we may not currently have an army camping out in the woods behind our houses or war going on in our community, we may have a war going on right in our home. There is a spiritual battle going on out there to take what God has made good in your marriage and destroy it. Hostility and words as weapons can bring a great deal of damage to a marriage. When you become aware that your home is no longer at peace and that the crisis is escalating it is time to ask God to give you discernment to think quickly and act decisively to stop the attacks on your marriage, attacks are sometimes subtle but you feel them.
You have the power to intervene with lovingkindness on your lips and grace in your heart. Concern yourself with all that you have to offer and use the resources God has placed for you to use. Like Abigail, seek God to help find a peaceful resolution to a possible explosive situation.
Can you think of a time when your husband could have used your peaceful intervention?
What about right now?
Is there a situation that calls for you to pray and seek God?
Is it possible that your husband currently needs gentle words spoken on his behalf? Is it possible that your husband needs you to fight for him in prayer?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.