The Power of a Praying Wife: Chapter 23 – His Walk
My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me. ~Psalm 101:6
There was a time in my life when I would have defined “your walk” specifically in terms of how you walk with God. As in, do you go to church? Do you give a tithe? Do you pray before meals?
I looked up the dictionary definition of “walk” in these terms and this is what I found: 8. to conduct oneself in a particular manner; pursue a particular course of life: to walk humbly with thy god.
The first time I ever held Gregg’s hand was to pray over our first meal together. This was so refreshing after being married for almost 10 years to a man who did not pray for any reason. I would say that this act, for me, impacted how quickly we were engaged and married more than anything else.
Gregg and I attended church together, prayed together, shopped Christian bookstores together – in all appearances, we walked righteously (Isaiah 33:15). But, it didn’t cover every aspect of our lives. Our walk was different when it was time to watch television or a movie, our walk changed when it was time to read a book, our walk changed when it was time to interact with coworkers, my walk stopped completely when I sat down to write a book, and Gregg’s stopped completely with other aspects of his life.
Basically, our walk included God when it “should have” included God – church, fellowship, meal time prayer. But we didn’t walk righteously. We thought we were. But when we examined our lives, we realized it was surface.
2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” It took a determined, focus cleansing and a dedication to make our whole walk in life as righteous as humanly possible, devoting all of ourselves for God, sacrificing our entire life in service to Him. Learning how to and being dedicated to walk in a perfect way (Psalm 101:6). When we did that, we saw all the times and all the ways our walk changed or simply ended and learned how to correct them.
The change in my husband’s entire outlook, stress level, his patience, how he interacts with others, and how he deals with others, changed tremendously. He’s calmer, gentler, more patient, and trusting God with everything. And we do this walk together, as one.
Read chapter 23 of The Power of a Praying Wife and consider the following discussion questions. They are also posted on the forum at Hallee’s Daily Brew here, but the comments are open on this post if you prefer to discuss it here.
1. How would you describe your husband’s walk? Does he walk with God or independently away from God?
2. Does your husband have a sense of direction, or does he wander aimlessly without purpose? Or somewhere in between?
3. Do you trust your husband to walk righteously, or do you fear he can easily be led off the right path? Why do you feel that way?
4. Romans 8:5-9 says: For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. How can you be sure that you are not walking in the flesh?
5. Jeremiah 10:23 says: O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. From this Scripture, describe how we are to walk through our lives. How then should you pray for your husband’s walk?
6. Pray the prayer out loud on pages 165-166 in The Power of a Praying Wife. Include specifics are related to your husband’s walk with God.
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