Power of a Praying Mother Bear

I’ve been reading the book The Power of a Praying Wife. I was initially a little skeptical about this book because I heard about it from a woman who said we needed to pray for our husbands because “they are our leaders in our homes and in our community.” Hmmm, really? The last I checked our mayor was a woman. I also know of many successful female teachers, principals, medical professionals, lawyers, pastors, etcetera. Yes, men can be good leaders, but so can women. Anyway, I chose not to bring this up at the time as I figured my minority opinion would be consider divisive in the women’s church meeting I was attending. Just because I disagree about something important doesn’t mean I need to get into an argument about it in every situation.

Another thing I initially disliked about this book was the the pink floral-patterned cover. Because, you know, women want to buy books that are pink and have flowers on them. Maybe they could also give away a free Barbie doll with each purchase of this book.

That being said, I picked up a free copy of this book at Bible study a few weeks ago and started reading it and praying through the chapters. I think it’s actually a great book for Christian women, though I may disagree slightly with a few of her comments. Her goal is to help people to improve marriages and prevent divorce, which is pretty important, considering the high divorce rate. Praying for your spouse and children is very important, in my opinion! The book covers prayer topics that I wouldn’t necessarily think of on my own — but now that they’ve come to mind, they seem like great things to pray about. If you can’t think of your own words to pray, you can just read the prayers aloud with your husband in mind. Easy!

We often undervalue prayer and think of it as something you do as a last resort. But truly I think it’s best if prayer is our first resort. Praying about problems before they occur can prevent them from happening in the first place. The further I go on my journey as a person of prayer, the more I believe in its power. It works, not in a God-vending-machine type of way, but prayer can change your heart and the heart of those you pray for and influence the outcome of events. This God-stuff is very mysterious.

I think more appropriate cover art for Power of a Praying Wife would be a picture of a woman running a marathon, or engaged in an intense wrestling match. Or perhaps a picture of a mother bear protecting her cubs. Yeah, that sounds about right. She’s ferocious, and willing to fight to protect what’s important.


This is my first assignment for Writing 101: 20 minutes of free writing. So it’s not as polished as I would like, but here are my thoughts for today. And what about you? Do you believe that prayer works? Would you like to share an example of a time in your life when prayer has worked for you?

  1. I recently finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! Was a little skeptical at first, too. It not only taught me how to pray for my husband, but also helped me improve as a wife. You’re right, prayer should definitely be our first resort.
    Side note: I dislike the pink cover too! Haha then again, it was written in the 90s.

    • ursulamarie said:

      I’m glad I’m not the only woman who dislikes pink 🙂

  2. jejamar said:

    I super agree with you … On all counts. I actually want to read this book that I was also initially turned off by. (I actually like the color pink, but not as a marketing technique). I love that you said prayer should be used as a first resort. If we employed the power that prayer can have on our lives, I think our Christian walks would look very different.

    • ursulamarie said:

      Thanks Teresa!

  3. Sasha said:

    I have never read the book but I remember it sitting among a pile of my mom’s. There is also “The Power of the Praying Mother” I believe which is all about your children. May be a good one as well! I love your humor by the way. Haha, my Governor was a woman so I would dare to disagree with the lady as well! 🙂

    • ursulamarie said:

      Thanks Sasha! Yes, I was taken aback by her comment but I found that “men are our leaders” seemed to be the general opinion of women in that particular church.

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