Prayer Topic #5:
A Prayer for Our Families
Psalm 145:1-13, Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Reflections of the Heart:
“You know God will give favor to anyone who will believe in Him. Every day you should confess that you have favor everywhere you go. God will begin to open doors that you wouldn’t believe.” ~ Joyce Meyer
Awesome Father, our souls honor You! Thank You for creating families and for Your Word that instructs husbands and wives, parents and children how to treat each other. Thank You for surrounding our families with favor like a shield. Thank You for opening doors for us so that Your plans and purposes for us can be realized. Lord, You are great and Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension. When we look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers – the moon and the stars You set in place – what are mere mortals that You should think about us, human beings that You care for us? We exalt You, our God and King, and praise Your Name forever and ever!
Glorious Father, we confess that You are a sun and a shield for our families; You bestow favor and honor. No good thing will You withhold from those who do what is right. And as we approach You confidently for good things, we will keep on asking, and we will receive what we ask for. We will keep on seeking and we will find. We will keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to us. For Your promise is everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. By faith, we declare that our families will not forget to do good and to share with those in need, for these are the sacrifices that please You. The love of God will reign supreme in our homes and our families will obey Your Word, with our children and grandchildren reverencing You, Lord, as long as we live. As we obey all Your decrees and commands, You will bless us to enjoy long lives and all will go well with us. We will always be humble and gentle. We will be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love.
Holy Spirit, show me which family member I should specifically pray for today:
Holy Spirit, we ask that You give our families one heart and put a new spirit in each member. Help us to understand through God’s Word His love for our families, His will for our success and His wisdom regarding family unity and responsibilities. Show our families how to trust God through the challenges and changes of life and how to support and show favor to each other. Encourage our parents and help us to make wise choices that lead to daily achievements. Bring comfort, peace and healing to those families that are mentally and physically divided and, when needed, guide us towards appropriate counseling. Show our parents how to treasure and train our children. Remind us to especially protect the hearts of our children during times of separation, divorce and death to ensure we feel loved no matter what happens or how the family structure changes. Help children to respect and obey our parents. Motivate families to balance schedules so that we may spend quality time together; give us creative ways to connect and have fun.
Merciful Father, please forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including strife, anger, envy, jealousy, gossiping, idolatry, adultery, neglect, addictions, and verbal or physical abuse within our homes. Forgive us when we allow responsibilities such as jobs, school and extracurricular activities to have greater priority over our families. Forgive us when we take Your blessings as well as our loved ones for granted. Forgive those who do not pray for our families consistently. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind families of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals us say, “I forgive name of person (s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Sovereign Lord, You are King! You are robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Your throne has stood from time immemorial. You are from the everlasting past. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 5:12 (NKJV), Psalm 147:5, Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 145:1, Psalm 84:11, Matthew 7:7-8, Hebrews 13:16, Ephesians 4:2, Deuteronomy 6:1-3, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 93:1-2
Today, I will trust God to:
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