Our Father in Heaven,

Your name is holy, and your word is true.

This day I pray for women whose husbands do not considerately live with their wives or treat them with respect in their God-created vulnerabilities and sin-infused weaknesses, and who are not esteemed as an equal partner in the gracious gift of marriage (I Peter 3:7).

Father, you promised to be a husband to such wives (Isaiah 54), and in complete faith that you keep your promises I ask that you wrap your arms around the wife who is lonely.

Wipe away the tears of she who cries in the dark (Isaiah 25:8).

Offer your arm to the one stumbling on a crooked path as she follows a wayward husband.

Be a strong tower (Psalm 61:3)  to the woman whose husband is harsh, critical and vindictive.

Be a humble shepherd (Psalm 23:1) to the woman who has been crushed by an arrogant mate.

Keep her in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3), as her mind is focused on you.

Bring healing (Exodus 15:26)  in spirit, mind, body as she thrives in fulfillment and purpose.

Be a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), closer than an absent, avoiding husband.

Be a helper to the woman struggling on her own to hold it all together.

Be a wise counselor (Isaiah 9:6, John 14:16)  to the woman who needs wisdom.

Be a helping hand, extended through the Body of Christ, to the woman who just needs a little help, a little encouragement, a little lift.

Be solace in distress (Psalm 18:6, Psalm 20:1).

Be a comforting gatherer of chicks (Matthew 23:37) to the one needing shelter and compassion.

Anoint these women with gladness and the oil of joy (Psalm 45:7), apply the balm of Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22), clothe them in a garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3), and a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)  in exchange for the spirit of heaviness.

To the one whose ears ring with undeserved criticism, rebuke and condemnation, please give her a new song today, a refrain of praise that will tear down the walls (Acts 16:25-26) of isolation that she has built to protect herself.  You be her strong tower (Proverbs 18:10), her refuge of strength (Psalm 46:1).

For those women living with a husband whose prayers are hindered (I Peter 3:7) because your righteous spirit recoils from one who denies the faith by not providing love to their  own flesh (I Timothy 5:8), come close to her, abide with her, bless her with your favor, cause her to be a fragrance that draws her husband to repentance and reconciliation, so that as he comes close to her, he comes close to you, too.

Restore marriages so that your power will be revealed in victorious unity, as two become one, demonstrating your redemption to this broken world.

Amen.

God bless you this day, my sister,