Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Lord Jesus, I’m a husband and so are You. My wife is to be subject to me as we, the church, are to You. I dare say my wife has done a way better job of being subject to me than the church has to You. That is as much a praise of my wonderful wife as it is an indictment of me as a part of Your church. You have earned the right to have a submissive “wife” by becoming our Savior. Forgive us for not being more submissive and obedient.
I don’t know, Lord, that I have earned my wife’s submission, but she has freely given it and trusted me beyond my trustworthiness. Perhaps that trust has helped me become more trustworthy. I want to be as wise and loving a leader of her as You are of us.
Being a follower of someone else, whose leadership might result in financial failures, unhealthy responses to stress, and less than godly paths, is an exercise in trusting You, really. You are the one who put people in authority in our lives. You know how subject to failure all leaders are, especially husbands. Help my wife by helping me be a more stalwart “head” to her, and in so doing help me be a better, more submissive “spouse” to You.