Even in these turbulent times, you can have a strong family. One of the vital ingredients to your achieving this end is that of faithfully praying for your family. That's because you will need God's help daily. In this post, I want to share with you some pointers on how to pray for your family. Specifically, I will address three vital areas:
1. Pray for God to help you and your children make sound decisions. There is something about the way we are wired that makes this area a serious challenge. "There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death," the Bible says (Proverbs 14:12). Sometimes, we may wonder why people make obviously dumb decisions. This verse tells us that things can look right to us at first but end up being a disaster.
One bad decision can cost you for a lifetime. As parents we need to pray to God to guide the minds of our children so they can make sound decisions. Of course, the best decision they can make is to accept Christ as their Savior, if they have not already done so. We also need to pray that God will help us in our decision-making. For the verse above applies to all of us. In a nutshell, it says that we have this amazing ability to be deceived by the appearance of things.
2. Pray to God for success in the area of marriage. A strong marriage is vital to a strong family. But for every marriage, there is at least a one in two chance that it will end in divorce. I think it's safe to say that most couples who get married don't want to become a part of this terrible statistic. The truth is that people are so hard to figure out. A relationship that appears to be a dream come true can turn out to be your worst nightmare.
So how do you pray for your family in this area? You should pray often for God to bring the right godly person into the lives of your sons and daughters. For those who are already married, pray that God will bless the marriage to be strong and to last a lifetime. And for those family members whose marriages are already troubled, pray that God will miraculously heal those relationships.
3. Pray for God's daily protection. Being the father of six children, believe me when I say you need to pray for your children daily. Let us not be naïve about what we are up against. We have an enemy out there, namely, the devil. He hates you and your children: "Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). He wants to destroy your marriage, your children, your relationship with God, and everything else you value.
That's why, friend, we must keep our family covered with prayer. Bless your children in the name of the Lord. Call the names of your family members before the Lord, and ask Him to give His angels charge to keep them in all their ways.
Hopefully, from what I have written you get the gist of how to pray for your family. Of course, the premise of this post is that you believe God hears and answers prayer when His people pray in faith. I pray for my household daily, and I can tell you that regularly praying for your family really works.
Copyright 2011 by Frank King. All rights reserved.
Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching. Website: http://www.efrankking.com
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