A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
When I woke up this morning, one of the first thoughts to enter my mind was that I needed to come up with something specific to lift up to the Lord in prayer. More often than not, we have a tendency to offer blanket prayers.
The content of a blanket prayer goes something like this: “Lord, take care of my neighbors. Help them according to their needs and protect them.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with that kind of prayer. But I do believe we should try to be specific in our requests whenever possible — and we should never shy away from going big.
Your big specific prayer should be asked according to God’s will and directed by the Holy Spirit. And it should be for something that transcends human effort and can only be accomplished by divine enablement and provision.
When you pray big and with specificity, you demonstrate your confidence in God’s promise to do more than you can think or ask.
By the way, I’m not suggesting that you ask God to make you rich or help you win the lottery. Make it a genuine need, the fulfillment of a worthy dream, something that helps others, or advances the gospel. It should glorify and honor God.
So, why am I telling you this on Mother’s Day, and what does praying big and specific have to do with today’s focus text?
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10
My wife was the answer to one of those big specific prayers. She is that one of noble character worth far more than rubies.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I never dated in high school. No, not once. So, emboldened by a previous answer to a specific and big prayer, I began to pray for a wife.
Often times, those prayers were fervent, driven by loneliness. They continued through four years in the Navy. And then, on my first day home after my discharge, I met her in church.
Guess who else had been praying a big specific prayer? Janet grew up hundreds of miles away and had moved to my hometown a few days before I came home.
And there she was, on a sunny day in September, 1970. The girl who would be my wife of noble character, worth far more than rubies.
Since then I’ve prayed more big specific prayers and God has answered in big ways. So this morning, it’s time to go big again.
How about you? Is there a need or unfulfilled passion or burden on your heart that is beyond your ability to attain? There is nothing God can’t do.
Can you imagine what could be accomplished for Christ if all of us decided to go big with our prayers? If there was ever a time in our world when Christians needed to go big, this is it. What will you trust Him for today?
For more on this topic, check out this article: A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.