The Power of a Praying Wife: Chapter 26 – His Deliverance

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;   my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,   my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,   and I have been saved from my enemies.   Psalm 18:2-3

There’s a man in our church to gave his testimony Sunday morning.  His story is a story of deliverance that most of us have no ability to understand.  He was raised in church, knew about Jesus Christ, and turned to God only when he needed help getting out of the worst trouble.  A failed marriage with children, drug addiction, drug dealing to support addiction, and finally prison.

In prison, he became transformed.  The Holy Spirit convicted him, and he became a new person.  He was released from prison this past year, and has started a drug rehabilitation halfway-house style home to help integrate graduates of rehab back into society.  He is working with a major Christian rehab facility in Kentucky, and they had a ribbon cutting on the home last week.

His wife, a long time member of the church, stood next to him proudly and claimed that she had  no shame in his testimony, because he had been delivered from his addiction.  Without his deliverance, she said, without his transformation, their marriage would not be as strong and amazing as it is, and this home would not have been opened.

This is a beautiful story of how the Holy Spirit can deliver us from even the most impossible circumstances and use our lives in a mighty way.

The fact is, without Christ in our lives, we all need deliverance from sin.  But, often even the most outwardly devout people you know have a sin that weighs them down.  The Apostle Paul often spoke of his sin and how he struggled against it.  When there is a sin in our lives, the burden of it sometimes oppresses us to the point that we don’t even feel like we can go on anymore. But, there’s power in trusting God, in letting the Holy Spirit work in our lives, in relinquishing the control we want to have over to Him and letting Him run with it.  Jesus said that we are to give Him our burdens and let Him carry our load.  But we have to give it over, we have to relinquish.  God is not going to come and take the burden away from us without our permission.

If your husband is a follower of Christ, but needs deliverance from sin, that is an area where you must focus your prayer like no other.  Because the weight of his sin can bring your entire family down.  If your husband is not a follower of Christ, pray for his salvation and his deliverance.

Read Chapter 26 of The Power of a Praying Wife and consider the following 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.  Is there anything in your husband’s life from which you know he needs to be set free (alcohol, drugs, pornography, lust, eating disorder, etc.)?

2.  Psalm 50:15 says:  “Call upon Me in the day of trouble;  I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”  What do you have to do to see God’s deliverance happen in your life?  Do you believe that Jesus is your Deliverer?  Does your husband?

3.  Proverbs 24:11 says:  “Deliver those who are drawn toward death,  and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.”  Does your husband ever do things that seem self-destructive, careless, or dangerous?  Explain.

4.  Psalm 91:14 says: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;  I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”  Often, simply by setting our sights on the Lord, having a heart for Him, and living His way, deliverance will happen.  How could you pray this Scripture over your husband, trusting that deliverance will happen for him?

5.  Everything from which we need deliverance comes from the enemy.  Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  How do you intend to use that to see your husband set free from the things that control him?  How do you intend to use it for your own deliverance?

6.  Do not hesitate to get mad at the enemy and tell him you will not allow his plans to succeed in your husband’s life.  Write that out and be sure to state in whose name you have been given authority to make that statement.  Do the same for yourself.

7.  Read the prayer out loud on pages 179-180 in The Power of a Praying Wife.  Name the specific things for which your husband needs deliverance.


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