Christian prayer for family

O Lord,

God

of goodness and mercy,

Who in the midst of an

evil

and sinful world

hast presented to the

society

of the redeemed

the Holy

Family

of

Nazareth

as a spotless mirror of piety,

justice

and love,

behold how the

family

is being undermined on all sides,

every effort being made to desecrate it

by stripping it of faith,

religion

and morals.

Regard the work of Thy own hands.

Safeguard in our

homes

the domestic virtues,

for these alone

will

ensure us

harmony

and peace.

Come and stir up the champions of the family.

Bestir the modern

apostles

so that in Thy Name,

bearing the message of

Jesus Christ

and exhibiting

holiness

of life,

they may revive the doctrines of conjugal fidelity for married couples,

the exercise of authority by parents,

obedience on the part of

children

and modesty on the part of girls.

Grant also through the efforts of these apostles,

that the home favoured by Thee with many blessings

may again become an object of esteem and love

in the minds and hearts of all.

It is through the examples of the Divine model of Nazareth

that the

Christian family

is to be restored in

Jesus Christ

and to recover its former respect and dignity.

Then every home

will

again become a

sanctuary

and in every household

will

be rekindled the flame of

faith

to teach patience in adversity

and moderation in prosperity

and to promote order, peace and

harmony

in all things.

Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord,

and with confidence in Thy Providence

and in the loving patronage of Jesus,

Mary

and Joseph,

the

family will

become a

sanctuary

of

virtue

and a school of wisdom.

It shall prove, as

Christ

has promised,

a haven of rest against life’s burdens.

In the sight of the world it shall render

glory

to Thee, O Father,

and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when,

through Him, we shall, together with all His members,

sing the Divine praises in the eternal ages to come.

Amen.

(By Pope Pius XII)

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christian prayer for family

QUESTION: How important is prayer for families?

ANSWER:

Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. Have you heard the phrase “A family that prays together stays together”? The concept is true – a family that has their focus on praying to the Lord Jesus Christ has a foundation that may be shaken at times, but it will withstand all that comes against them.

It’s important for parents to have their children involved in family prayer because this helps build the children’s relationship with the Lord and also teaches them the importance of prayer. Families that pray together establish trust with one another, learn to pray in a fellowship, and come in agreement through Jesus. These disciplines help bring unity to the household.

The family is a small church and our ministry first starts at home. In 1 Timothy 3:5 we read, “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” Managing your family is caring for each member, teaching them God’s ways, leading them to grow in the Lord, and equipping them for adult life. Prayer is an important element in this process. A family who has a heart of prayer for each other will have a heart of prayer for the world.

Prayer for families can be done in a variety of ways – by you in your prayer closet, by praying together with your spouse, praying together as a family unit, and praying with friends. Praying for your family not only lays a foundation for family life, it also surrounds your family with protection and peace.

In many cases, the Lord reveals specific needs for your family members. He reveals pain that they may be feeling or certain things that are drawing them away from fellowship with Him. Praying for your family can give you insight from the Lord and most of all, prayer will bring you comfort as God reminds you of His promises. Perhaps some members of your family do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayer for the unsaved is vital.

Prayer for Families – Sample Prayers

  • Prayer for protection and provision – Father, Thank you for my family. I ask that you bless them with Your favor. Provide for all of their needs. I ask You to protect them from harm and evil. Surround them in the shadow of Your wing. Go before them and prepare the way for them. If any path is crooked, I ask you to make it straight. Protect them from the schemes of the enemy and keep them from deception. Bring Your perfect peace to their hearts. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
  • Prayer for unity – Father, I thank you for blessing me with my family. I ask you to bring us into unity through You. I ask that anything that is hidden in darkness – to cause disunity – will be brought to light. I ask You to lead us into Your perfect truth and help us to be the family You intend us to be. Lord, help us to be a blessing to one another and to others. Reveal Yourself to us and let us come into agreement with You. Lead us in Your ways. Grant us compassionate hearts, fill us with Your love that does not keep records of wrong, and bring joy to our hearts when we think of one another. Bring Your perfect peace and unity into our family. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

– We have all

sinned

and deserve God’s judgment.

God

, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.

Jesus

, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He

died

for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was

buried

, and

rose from the dead

according to the

Bible

. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your

Savior

, declaring, “

Jesus is Lord

,” you will be saved from

judgment

and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions

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