Coming into 2018, I knew that I wanted to take steps to foster stronger and more consistent prayer habits in my life. What has that looked like so far? Posting verses and prayers on my mirrors, starting my mornings with Psalm 143:8, and actually keeping a prayer list.
And while this is may seem obvious, I’ve been intentional about keeping Dazell—my boyfriend—on that prayer list. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I never prayed for him before, but I had to own up to that fact that it wasn’t consistent and that I wasn’t always praying for him (as opposed to praying that he’d act the way I wanted him to! hahah). But as I’ve grown and learned what it actually means to keep God at the center and foundation of our relationship, this step has been an important one for me.
So these past few months, I’ve been praying these four prayers and verses over Dazell. I don’t pray them in any particular order and I don’t always pray all four in one day, but having a “go to” list that I work from really helps me get into this much-needed habit.
1) That he is strong in his faith
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
I pray that Dazell keeps God as his captain and is staying close to Him at all times. I pray that he keeps his trust in God when times are bad and that he doesn’t become too proud when times are good.
2) That he seeks God’s divine council
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
I pray that Dazell lets his faith guide his decision making and works to align his plans with our Father’s. I pray that he does not get discouraged by closed doors or dead-end roads, but finds comfort in the Lord and continues to press on to his ultimate placement.
3) That he carries his faith forward with him
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
I pray Dazell is a good example of a man of faith when he leaves his home every day. I pray that he is not afraid to share his Christian identity with others, even if they don’t believe/acknowledge the same truths we do.
4) For his safety and wellbeing
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” – 3 John 1:2
Probably the most common of my prayers for Dazell, I pray that God grants him safe travels, protection, and stability in his health. I pray for his safety at the school where he teaches, as he drives to and from work, and for safety when he interacts with the police or anyone he encounters that does not know him or his heart.
Do you pray for your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner? How do you incorporate this habit into your every day routines?