Praying is one of the most important things we can do for our family.
Let's be real.
No family is perfect.
But, you know one thing I can 100% guarantee? Prayer WILL help.
Does that mean your situation will be magically fixed?
What it means is that in the process of praying, you increase your faith and surrender the fight to Jesus.
Here are 5 Biblical truths about home and family you can pray for today:
1. To be a family united under the Godhead of the one true King Jesus Christ
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2: 24 ESV).
But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24: 15).
Father, thank you for my family. Thank you for the laughter, the learning, the tears, and the triumphs that fill this home. It is my desire that my family would seek you, Lord. Jesus, I invite you into this house. Teach us. Root us in your word. We belong to you, God. May we honor you with our actions and our words. May we build each other up according to your principles. May we extend forgiveness when there is hurt. May we glorify you in our victories! In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
2. To be moms and dads who parent with Christ at the center of the home
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it (Proverbs 22: 6).
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your foreheads as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9).
Thank you, God, for the gift of motherhood. What a joy and a blessing my children are to me! But I cannot do it without you. Partner with me, Lord. Help me to lead with your example. Help me to speak your words of love, of kindness, of forgiveness, and correction. Holy Spirit, work through me when I don’t know what to do, when I don’t know what to say, when I don’t have the answers. Teach me to discipline my children and to set boundaries. Be my courage, Father, when the testing and the pushing comes. Be my fortress. I trust my parenting to you in the name of Jesus, Amen.
3. For the husband to be the leader of the home, to be the image of Christ in the home, to possess Godly courage to be the soldier who stands guard over his family
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the blessing for those who fear him (Psalm 128: 2-4).
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together (1 Peter 3:7).
Thank you, Father, for my husband. Establish him as the head of this house. Rise up in him, Holy Spirit. Plant the spirit of leadership in him. Bring forth courage and a warrior attitude, so he can stand against the attacks of the enemy. May he rely on you and put his trust in you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
4. For the wife to submit to and encourage her husband, to support and enforce his leadership, to nurture her children in the ways of the Lord
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life (Proverbs 31:10-12).
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husband. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good news, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives…They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands (1 Peter 3:1-5).
Father God, it is my heart’s desire to be a godly wife. To be the wife you have designed me to be. Quiet me and temper me, Lord, so that I will allow my husband to lead me and encourage me. May I model respect for him for our children. May I build him up according to your principles. Make me aware of any trick the enemy would use to divide us. United in marriage we will stand in the name of Jesus, Amen.
5. For generational curses to be broken
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me (Exodus 20: 5).
But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations (Exodus 34:7).
Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise (Proverbs 11:29).
A Kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart (Mark 3: 24-25).
Father God, I thank you for the authority given me in the name of Jesus, and with this authority I command the enemy to flee from my family. I declare strongholds broken. No longer will my children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren be slaves to sin. Satan has no power over my husband. He has no power over my mother. He has no power over my father. Where there was once bickering and backstabbing, there will be peace. Where there was once resentment and anger, there will be forgiveness. Where there was once violence and corruption, there will be honesty and righteousness. I stand with my family and for my family. I say no more, Satan. It stops today! In Jesus’ mighty name, I believe, Amen.
We were not meant to do life alone. Regardless of your current family situation, as we pray for those closest to us, we see the power of God not only in our life but in the lives of those we love.