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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in Marriage | 2 comments

On Praying for my Husband…

On Praying for my Husband…

When I was in high school (back in the olden days…), the girls did a silly little thing that had me rolling my eyes.  When they happened to look at the clock, if it was a time like 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, etc., they made a wish.  Taught that making a wish into thin air was ridiculous because I sure as heck didn’t have a fairy godmother, I dismissed the practice.

But then one day, a friend told me that she had taken the idea and improved upon it.  She didn’t make a wish, but she whispered a prayer to God for her husband.  It was her form of wishing, but she knew exactly who answered her prayers.  I don’t remember who this wise young woman was, but I liked her idea and adopted it.

For years, I’ve prayed little prayers for my husband at those serendipitous times when I happened to catch the clock at 12:12 or so forth.  Lord, please send him quickly.  Bless him.  Keep him for me.

Since getting married, I’ve wondered what to do with this practice.  I’ve let a little giggle escape a few times.  I don’t need to pray for God to send him to me any longer.  He’s here!  Hallelujah!

The other day I happened to look at the clock at 11:11.  I looked over at my husband who was driving me home from visiting my family in Iowa and smiled, thinking of how God had finally answered all those prayers.

I decided to start thanking Him every time I see those familiar numbers on the clock.

Thank You, Lord, for answering my prayers.  Thank You for providing in such a wonderful way.  And God, please continue to bless this man, this precious gift from Your hand. 


  1. As I read I thought, “how sweet”. As I continued to read, I thought of ways you could improve it and change it up, like “he still needs prayer so just continue to pray for your husband but differently”. Or perhaps, “in your thanking God for your answered prayer, you could now pray for your future children”. It wasn’t until I started writing this comment that I thought, “Why? Why should she change it from a simple thank you and request a continued blessing. Why would she try to complicate a small practice with the bigger prayers that are obviously being prayed at other times. Why would she forego the prayer of husband to children? Why?” The answer is: she wouldn’t, she shouldn’t, she mustn’t. What a sweet tradition you’ve begun and what a precious treasure that you hold… when you’re old and gray and rocking on your front porch – with this man. It’s a secret that can be passed along to your children and your grandchildren.

    • I almost added a P.S. at the end that I pray for him, prayed for him, many other times as well. And yes, I’ve prayed for and continue to pray for our future children. I sure am thankful for him though. Loving him has brought such blessing into my life. I love the idea of sharing this secret with my children and grandchildren!

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