Inspired by the example of my wife, I found that Andrew Case, author of Prayers of an Excellent Wife, also wrote a similar book for husbands called Water of the Word (free pdf). The Scriptures tell us that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. However, in his introduction, Case rightly makes the argument that this imitation of Christ goes beyond sacrificial love. It should also include constant intercession for Jesus is ceaselessly praying for His bride (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:24). So if we are to be husbands like Jesus, we must pray for our wives.
But what should we pray? How do you get beyond the redundant, “Lord, please bless my wife and give her a good day”? How do you not fall into the rut of routine, and sometimes, mindless vain repetition? This is where Case’s book is such a help. Using Scripture, Case helps us to pray bold, faithful, Biblically informed-shaped-saturated, prayers for our wives. Men, we’ll learn not only how to pray for our wives, but what it means to pray the Scriptures.
Let me leave you with a sampling to whet your appetite:
Thou Great Being who made and rules the world,
Put Your Spirit in my wife with perfect power and bear His fruits from her life. May she be a loving woman; a joyful, peaceful woman; a patient, kind, good wife. Make her soul and actions abound with faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, for against such things there is no law. By Christ Jesus crucify her flesh with its passions and desires.
Let her not grow weary in doing good, for in due season she will reap if she does not give up. And may she never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to her, and she to the world (Galatians 5 & 6).