The Power of a Praying Wife – Chapter 10: His Choices

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—  A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:1-7

Gregg and I were discussing this chapter, mainly because I didn’t like the way that Stormie worded it.  I felt a genuine lack of respect for men and husbands in the chapter, and if I had never read another word of hers before, I would have quit reading now.  So, I was a little bit shut off from coming up with something to say, strangely.

In the course of our discussing it, we discussed the fact that God has placed the husband as the head of the family.  Gregg said, “I am responsible for my choices.  If I make a bad decision, God is going to say to me, ‘Why did you make this bad decision?’  If I seek your counsel and take your advice, God is not going to say to you, ‘Why did you give bad advice?’  God is going to say to me, ‘Why did you make this bad decision?'”

I think that sums it all up very plainly.  The decisions and choices our husbands are faced with will impact our entire family.  They, as men, carry that burden.  It is our job as their wives to constantly lift them up in prayer, remembering the burden of their choices that they carry.

Read Chapter 10 of The Power of a Praying Wife and consider the following discussion questions.   Comments are turned off on this post, and the discussion has been created in Hallee’s Daily Brew by following this link:

1.  Do you feel your husband generally makes good decisions?  Why or why not?

2.  Does your husband ask your advice before making major decisions or choices with significant ramifications?  Why or why not?

3.  When you give your husband advice, does he weight it carefully before making any major decision or choice?  How does that make you feel?  How can your prayers help him make wise choices?

4.  Proverbs 1:7 says: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Does your husband seek God before making decisions?  Does he wait for God’s leading before acting?

5.  Proverbs 11:14 says: Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Are there godly people with whom your husband could seek counsel regarding certain decisions he has to make?  Pray that God will send godly counselors to your husband.

6.  Pray the prayer out loud on page 101 and include specifics related to your husband’s choices.


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