May 2002

Prayers of Manipulation Lack Manifestation

By Germaine Copeland

Part Two

Let’s build on last month’s article about self-serving prayers that wives sometimes pray because of unmeet needs, unhealed hurts and unresolved issues. I am extending the principles of effectual prayer to include praying for our children.

Since we are so emotionally connected to our families, praying intercessory prayers for them can become complex and manipulative, delaying, or even preventing, the results that we desire. BUT GOD in His great mercy sent the Holy Spirit to help us pray when we don’t know how or what to pray. It is our assignment to pray for our children and husbands encouraging them to become, and accomplish all that God has foreordained.

When praying for your husband and children:

Interceding with God, in accordance with His will, on behalf of your family is one of the greatest gifts you have to offer. First and foremost if your husband is not a Christian pray that God will draw him to repentance with His goodness (Romans 2:4). Don’t try to “help” God but allow Him to do His perfect work in His perfect time. Paul wrote that the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife…(1 Corinthians 7:14).

Your prayers of intercession will influence the works of God in your family (Ezekiel 22:30-31). Your husband will greatly benefit—God will bless him, show him favor in the marketplace and at home, and you and your children will reap the rewards.

Many of the powerful, Scriptural prayers in my Prayers That Avail Much® family series have paved the way for a manifestation of the power of God in my marriage and family relationships. God’s Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what it is sent to do!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household (Acts 16:32). Praying for your husband and children will facilitate changes in you; changes that you have tried to bring about through behavior modification. God is effectually at work in you to bring about transformation from the inside out. It is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. You and your family will be saved!


God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for my husband. Thank you for his faith in Christ and for his love for his family. May he be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. You have started a good work in him, and you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Your kingdom come, your will be done in my husband’s life even as it is in heaven. Thank you for the salvation of my husband and our children. Amen. (Husband, I encourage you to transpose and pray this prayer for your wife and children.)

Germaine Copeland is the author of the best selling book series, Prayers That Avail Much. She has written scriptural prayers for the family. Read your Bible, pray and attend church where you can soak up the love and faith of God. You will receive emotional healing, experience spiritual growth and become more intimately acquainted with your Heavenly Father, and your relationships will grow stronger.

Continue to pray the Prayers of Commitment from Germaine's Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition and ask to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.