Prayers . . . on marriage and divorce
Give Wisdom in a Physically Abusive Marriage
O God, I can barely fathom a marriage in which a man would strike his wife! It is a great evil, Lord. How could he sink to such depths of degradation?
Give wisdom to his wife. Give her confidence. Help her to know down deep that this is his problem. He has no right to harm her, no matter how angry he gets. At the same time, though, reveal specific ways she contributes to his loss of control, and give her a teachable spirit so she can avoid doing those things. Keep her silent, praying in her thoughts when he begins to rant and rave and she wants to scream injustice. Teach her that saying anything at that moment endangers her and her children.
Show her if she should separate from him or stay in the marriage. If she stays, show her how and where to seek help. If she chooses to separate, protect her and her children during the separation.
Don't let her leave because she wants a divorce; let her purpose in leaving be to shock him with the consequences of his actions an afford him the opportunity to repent and change.
Bring strong men around him who will hold him accountable. Give the wife courage to wait until the husband is truly healed before they reconcile. Then bring them back together. Enable them to love each other and model a strong marriage for the children. I pray this in Jesus' name, knowing you are able to work the impossible.
"A wife must not separate from her husband.
But if she does, she must remain unmarried
or else be reconciled to her husband.
And a husband must not divorce his wife. "
1 Corinthians 7:10-11
Date this page was last edited: July 24, 2004