Christ Jesus, you have called me to love my wife tenderly and sacrificially, even as you love the church, but too often I know myself to be a selfish man with a distracted heart. Please give me patience, gentleness, and kindness toward my wife, and the wisdom to value her for her gifts and ideas. Teach me to be vulnerable with her, openly sharing my own heart and thoughts, hopes and fears, even as I seek to better understand her.
Remind me to be ever mindful of her interests and needs with each
decision I make and to structure my life in such a way that she receives
the best of my energy and attention, rather than the leftovers. Give me
courage to passionately pursue relationship with her even when I feel
wronged or wounded. Let me become for her a man of tenderness, kindness,
creativity, and integrity, protecting and cherishing her by vigilantly
guarding my own eyes and heart.
Above all, teach me to lead as you led, Jesus, in humility and service.
Only by your grace can I be a godly man and a good husband for my wife.
Lead me Lord, I pray.