January 22, 2015

Read: Ephesians 5:21-33

Paul began this passage by speaking to us as women and wives,“wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.”( Ephesians 5:22) I believe that Paul’s advice is a direct response to our brokenness. It is teaching us to choose sacrificial love, just as Christ loved and died for us. When a woman submits unto her husband, she is actually submitting unto God. A woman, therefore, does not submit because her husband deserves it in his own merit. She submits because she knows it is pleasing to her Lord.  

As women, our tendency can be to control our husbands, and we need to learn how to become a helper for him. That word “helper” is not some small or backstage role. It’s the same word God used in Exodus. He said, “I am Israel’s Helper” in parting the Red Sea and causing manna to fall from heaven! In other words, to be a helper is to be powerful and strong. God is saying in Genesis 2 that He has created a helper for Adam who is strong and has abilities in ways that he does not.

As a woman, either married or single, how do you live out being a helper?

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.