And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” Genesis 25:21
Infertility has throughout the ages been a difficult situation for couples. Perhaps one of the most difficult realities for young married couples who desire to start a family. Not only does infertility seem permanent, it also can become a reason for divide, resentment and infidelity as spouses begin to point the finger at each other.
Scripture tells us that Isaac, when faced with Rebekah’s infertility, went to the Lord in prayer on her behalf. There is no indication that Rebekah requested that he prayed for her. There is also no indication that Rebekah was praying for herself even. What is clear to us is that Isaac approached God on her behalf and the Lord answered his prayer.
Pray for your husband
While this passage clearly speaks of the difficulty Isaac and Rebekah faced in their attempts to conceive, it is by no means exclusive to this situation. We face challenges in marriage daily. Sometimes it is in the form of a desire that our spouse cannot quench, such as the desire to have a child. However it can take on any form, from financial difficulties to illness, the loss of a loved one, or plain differences between spouses.
Isaac modeled just what to do when our spouse faces a trial. Thankfully, his example isn’t for husbands alone.
• Is prayer your response when your husband is struggling in an area of life?
• Do you regularly pray for each other? As a couple?
• Have you asked your husband how you could be praying for them lately?
Our responses to the challenges we experience in marriage reveal the content of our hearts, the affection that we have for our husbands and more importantly, the trust we place in God to intervene and change the narrative of our circumstances.
Praying for our husbands and the challenges that they face, whether physical, emotional, spiritual or professional, is an act of love. It tells them that we are attuned to their needs and that we share their burden. It also communicates to them that we love and cherish them with the love of Christ and truly desire to see them well and whole.
If prayer is not your typical response to the difficulties that your husband shares with you, I encourage you to begin today. Take his hardships to the Lord, for He cares for your husband and for you.
Let the Lord know what pain and sorrow you are presently facing as a couple, and invite Him into your trial.
He is able to heal and answer your prayers, as He answered Isaac’s plea on behalf of Rebekah. Let’s pray for our husbands together for stronger marriages and more wholesome lives!