Three years ago I was struggling to find joy in my vocation. Having recently experienced our first miscarriage and in the chaos of day to day life with my 1 and a half year old, I felt discouraged and overwhelmed. Is this what marriage and motherhood is like? During a particularly difficult day, I awkwardly and uncomfortably told my incredible, loving husband that I wasn’t happy. It was then that he suggested we start praying over one another in the mornings. And day after day, week after week, month after month, my husband faithfully remembered each morning to place his hands on my head and ask God to bring me joy in my vocation… and that I would have the peace of mind and courage to choose it.
Here’s the thing about prayer: even though God knows everything that we need, He wants us to come to Him and ask… He wants a relationship with us. And a big part of a healthy relationship is communication. And—Bonus!—when we communicate with God WITH our spouses, we grow deeper in relationship with our husbands, too! Over time the Lord began to answer my husband’s prayer … and I began to realize that joy was there for the choosing.
All that to say, during the first part of March (leading up to the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th), instead of my typical prayers I like to offer for my husband’s work day, I pray specific verses over him and various aspects of his life. I thought some of you might be interested in joining me in praying for your husband this March so I’ve listed the verses below. Keep this list by the Keurig or toothbrushes so you don’t forget! I typically read the verse, then offer a short prayer for the theme of the verse. It literally takes less than 3 minutes.
Note: Most of the verses themselves are from lists I found several years ago when searching for scripture verses to help me pray for my husband. You can find these lists at Proverbs 31 Ministries and The Unveiled Wife. I’ve also included a little prayer below each verse. I wrote these particularly for my husband, but I hope you can adapt them to include your husband’s specific prayer requests/needs/gifts.
Prayers for My Husband in the Month of St. Joseph
March 1st: Ephesians 4:1-3
For the strength and discernment to live the Lord’s plan for his life with humility; for patience in the Lord’s timing; for guidance in leading our family with love; for endurance in seeking unity and peace.
March 2nd: Philippians 1:6
That my husband would know his worth as a son of God; for him to know that the Lord is about a good work in and through him.
March 3rd: Psalm 46: 1-3
For the strength and humility to lean on Christ in his trials; for the wisdom to know that Jesus is Lord over all (even in stress, chaos, and change); for continued trust in the sovereignty and providence of God.
March 4th: Proverbs 21: 2-3
In thanksgiving for the way he lives his life with humility and integrity; for the strength to continue choosing what is good, true, and honest.
March 5th: 1 Corinthians 10:13
For strength when temptations arise; for the grace and confidence to call on the Lord in times of trial and temptation.
March 6th: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7
In thanksgiving for a generous husband; that he would continue to be blessed with a giving heart and an awareness for those in need.
March 7th: Luke 16: 10-13
For discernment and guidance in handling finances; that we would have regular and honest communication on budget, spending, saving, and giving; that he would start and end each day with gratitude; that nothing will ever take the place of Christ in his heart.
March 8th: Jeremiah 17: 7-8
In thanksgiving for my husband’s trust in the Lord; that he would continue to trust in the Lord’s plan and not his own; for the humility to call upon him; for the devotion to seek him with all his heart.
March 9th: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
For the ability for my husband to practice the presence of God throughout the day; for a heart of joy and gratitude.
March 10th: James 1:5
In thanksgiving for the ways that my husband seeks wisdom; for the grace to continue seeking and asking the Lord, with confidence that God gives abundantly to those who seek Him.
March 11th: Psalm 118: 5-9
For the grace and strength to call on the Lord in his fears; that he would take refuge in the Lord in times of distress.
March 12th: Luke 5: 18-20
That he would be surrounded by friends and community that are supportive and uplifting; in thanksgiving for current friends and community.
March 13th: Romans 1:16
For boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and sharing how the Lord has worked in his life with those he encounters.
March 14th: Joshua 1:8
For my husband’s spiritual growth through reading, study, and prayer; that he would continue encountering the Lord in scripture and that he would allow the Word to take root in his life.
March 15th: Ephesians 5: 25-27
In thanksgiving for the ways my husband loves and cherishes me; for continued strength to lead our family in a way that is nourishing and preparing us to meet our Heavenly Father and King.
March 16th: Ephesians 4:32
In thanksgiving for my husband’s gift of mercy; that the Lord would continue to foster in him a tender heart and a quickness to forgive.
March 17th: Hebrews 4:12 & Acts 2: 41-42
For my husband’s future, that he would continue to remain close to you in word and in the sacraments.
March 18th: Philippians 4: 11-13
For contentment in the Lord; for grace to see God in all circumstances throughout the day; for trust in His holy will.
March 19th: Matthew 2: 13-15
For a heart like St. Joseph- steadfast, obedient and devoted to the Lord.