Main Scriptures: Matt.23:36-37
More Scriptures: Is.33:7, Rom.12:15, Lk.6:21
Have you ever been burdened in your heart for God to transform your wife and children? Have you lamented over your sheep because you have not seen all the fullness of God manifested in their lives? This is what I call the lamentation of the godly husband. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example of a good and godly husband, lamented over the city of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing (Matt.23:37). Jesus wanted to reconcile Jerusalem and its habitants. He loved the city and her people. He was passionate about them. That is the kind of attitude God wants you to have toward your wife and children.
As the head of the family and the shepherd over your wife and children, you must demonstrate compassion and passion towards their welfare, pains and discomforts. You must feel their pains, their joys and their dreams. The Scriptures say that weep with them that weep and rejoice with them that rejoice (Rom.12:15). You own your wife and your children. By reason of your leadership position in the sheepfold, you are a custodian of the gifts of God-your wife and children. So, your desire is to help your sheep become better vessels, teach them how to overcome the challenges they are confronted with and motivate them to win.
But there are three things that will trigger your desperation for a positive change in the lives of your flock. The first is that you must be filled with the spirit of compassion. If you are not compassionate about your wife and children in their failed state, you can never be motivated to pray for them out of the love of Christ. Very importantly, it is when you are moved by compassion towards the needs of your flock that it moves God to help your wife and children overcome their challenges. Secondly, you must be desperate to see positive changes in the lives of your sheep. You must not wish that your wife will become a submissive woman because you wish it. You must not think that your wife will become hospitable, respectful and be a vision carrier with you because you wish it. You must be desperate. When you are desperate you will be prepared to pay the required price of prayers, fasting, the exercise of supernatural faith, focus, steadfastness, hope, confidence and boldness. And thirdly, you must be moved by the love of Christ. The Bible tells us to desire that the love of Christ be shed abroad in our hearts by the Spirit of God (Rom.5:5). Your wife and children need you. You are the watchman over their lives. Your presence in their lives is to make a positive difference. Make it to count.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, baptize me with the spirit of love and let it motivate me to intercede for my wife and children.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, cleanse me from every filthiness of the spirit.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, open my eyes to see Your great plans for my wife and children.
I am filled with the love of Christ and I am motivated to continue to stand in the gap in prayers for my wife and children because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.