“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14, 15
Lord, I know that I am blessed by a husband that almost never needs my forgiveness. Oh, there are times when he hurts my feelings, but we eventually talk it through and I do forgive him. But, Lord, there are some out there that are living with husbands who may be unsaved, abusive, unfaithful and many other hurtful things. I ask, Father God, that you would lead them to pray for their husbands with a forgiving heart. That they would recognize that the pain they are suffering is from Satan and the evil of this world and not from the person they are married to.
I pray that first, each of us can see our husbands as an extension of ourselves and, just as we sometimes hurt our bodies by mistreating it, our spouses can hurt us. Forgiveness is hard, especially when the other person doesn’t feel that they have done anything to need forgiveness. But when we place our focus on fighting on our knees and not with our mouths and fists, we can open the heavenly path to spiritual battle and know that we have already won. Help us to see clearly that You, Lord, are always listening and ready to forgive us when we have trouble forgiving others.
I ask you, Lord, to protect the sanctity of marriage in each situation and to touch each family where they are. I pray for the husband’s eyes to be opened and to become completely submissive to your will and your ways. Teach us, Lord, to be submissive in our forgiveness.