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The Ultimate Love Language

By Stormie Omartian
Excerpted from The Power of a Praying Wife, with permission from Harvest House Publishers

Something amazing happens to our hearts when we pray for another person. The hardness melts. We become able to get beyond the hurts, and forgive. We even end up loving the person we are praying for. Itís miraculous! It happens because when we pray we enter into the presence of God and He fills us with His Spirit of love. When you pray for your husband, the love of God will grow in your heart for him. Not only that, youíll find love growing in his heart for you, without him even knowing you are praying. Thatís because prayer is the ultimate love language. It communicates in ways we canít. Iíve seen women with no feelings of love for their husbands find that as they prayed, over time, those feelings came. Sometimes they felt differently even after the first heartfelt prayer.

Talking to God about your husband is an act of love. Prayer gives rise to love, love begets more prayer, which in turn gives rise to more love. Even if your praying is not born out of completely selfless motives, your motives will become more unselfish as prayer continues. Youíll find yourself more loving in your responses. Youíll notice that issues which formerly caused strife between you will no longer do that. Youíll be able to come to mutual agreements without a fight. This unity is vital.

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When we are not united, everything falls apart. Jesus said, ďEvery kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not standĒ (Matthew 12:25). Prayer brings unity even if you arenít praying together. Iíve seen great tension relieved between my husband and me simply by praying for him. Also, asking him, ďHow can I pray for you?Ē brings an aspect of love and care into the situation. My husband will usually stop and answer that question in great detail when he might otherwise not say anything. I know of even nonbelieving husbands who respond positively to that question from their wives.

The point in all this is that as husband and wife we donít want to be taking separate roads. We want to be on the same path together. We want to be deeply compatible, lifelong companions, and have the love that lasts a lifetime. Prayer, as the ultimate love language, can make that happen.

Excerpted from The Power of a Praying Wife, with permission from Harvest House Publishers

© Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian is a popular speaker and author of eleven best-selling books including "The Power of a Praying Wife". She and her husband have three grown children and reside in Tennessee.


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