How is your prayer life for your family? One of God’s greatest gifts after salvation was our families. The people who love us, no matter what. Single or married, kids or no kids, we all have families, and they all need fervent prayer. Family is the one area that Satan wants to destroy – because the stakes are so high. Join us as we continue in our Fervent Book Club!
Why Prayer For Our Families is so Important
Why is prayer for our families so important? It doesn’t take much looking into God’s Word to see that God places high value on the relationships we have in our families. Marriage is a picture of Christ and the church. Our relationships with our children is a picture of God the Father and His unconditional, unchanging, unfailing love for us. These images are images that draw people to Christ and the Kingdom – and those are the very images that Satan wants to see destroyed.
When Satan destroys our families- we no longer look different then the world. So, he looks for areas of weakness, and there, he attacks.
We are going to look at prayer for our marriage (or future marriage), our kids (or future kids), and other families members as well.
Prayer for Marriage
*Not married? Don’t click away! Keep reading! I promise, through the post and video there are tidbits for you!*
The best picture on this earth of the relationship between Christ and the Church is marriage. Sure, marriage is flawed. Marriage is the union of two flawed sinners – in need of grace and forgiveness. However, it shows a beautiful picture, when done well, of how Christ has chosen his bride the church, given Himself willingly for her, and has loved her even at her worse. She, the church, has chosen to submit herself because of the love she has for him, and now the two are one.
This picture alone makes the devil mad. This picture alone is enough to make the devil nervous. This picture is the number one thing on his hit list- he wants to destroy it.
So, he will look for weakness in our marriage, and attack there.
So, take some time, and really think on your marriage. Write down the weakness. It is okay – we all have weak spots- and start focusing your prayer strategy there.
Finances. Intimacy. Communication. No matter what the weakness is- start bathing it in prayer, and then look for ways that you can fortify in action.
Not married. Start praying. Pray for the marriages around you. Pray for the marriage of your Pastor and other leaders in your church. Pray for your future marriage. I share some tips in the video below on how to pray for your future spouse. Be the one while you wait for the one.
Prayer for your Children
*No kids yet. Don’t click away! Keep reading!*
The relationship with our kids is the next picture Satan wants to destroy. He wants to destroy this so that the world will look at you and feel like your family failed too. He wants to mangle the relationships so that it doesn’t look like unfailing love. He wants to ruin your relationship with your kids.
So, look for weakness in your kids. Yes, your kids have flaws. They have fears. They have strongholds and sin patterns. Look for those. Take time and write those out. It is important that you are honest with yourself. Don’t look at your children through rose colored glasses- you can’t pray for them effectively when you do.
Take time to write down their strengths. These are also areas that God wants to use that Satan wants to destroy. Mark these as well, and pray over them.
Take time and pen out prayers for your children. These will be such an encouragement to your children when they are older.
If you don’t have kids- take time to pray for the children in your life. Nieces, nephews, children at your church. Even though you may not be able to be super specific, you can still cover them in prayer.
One last thing – don’t forget to pray for your children’s spouses. Even now, God knows who they will marry. Remember, that marriage relationship is so important- so start covering the marriages of your children today!
Prayer for Other Family Members
Family is one way that Satan can get in and steal joy. So, pray for other families members. Mom, Dad, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins, In-Laws. No matter who God has placed in your life, be sure you are covering them in prayer as well.
Periscope: Praying For Family
Here is my Periscope on this topic:
Now, on to the link up:
The most viewed post this week was from Bible Fun For Kids. She talked about Lydia this week!
A favorite post of mine for the week was from sunSparkleshine – How to Spot the Real Deal from the Counterfeit Life