As I looked around the now empty house I turned to my wife and asked, “Any Last Words?” You see, the house we were leaving behind was the first house we lived in together after we got married just a year prior. Man, how things can change in such a short amount of time. After I had asked my wife that question I stood at the door with the last load of items in my hands and had a wave of emotions come over me. We had been so busy packing and organizing the move that I never did think about the house we were leaving behind. Nor had I taken the proper time to recall all the pain, struggles and happy times we had had.
As I looked at the empty living room I recalled our first Christmas together sitting on that very floor putting a puzzle together. With of course the best movie ever made playing in the background (aka A Christmas Story)! Or the time I saw my wife literally lean against the hallway wall just to walk to the bedroom so she could be comfortable. My wife is the strongest person I know. She suffers from Fibromyalgia (Fibro) and battled to get out of bed some days because she was in so much pain. I truly believe that my heart hurt just as much, if not more than, she did on that day.
Or another time when we had been married for only 3 months and I had to tell my wife that I had just been laid off from work. And hundreds of memories of waking up to see my wife lying in bed wide awake because she couldn’t sleep due to the pain from the fibro. Of course what marriage wouldn’t be complete without plenty of arguments over things we can’t even remember now? Needless to say it was a rough first year of marriage. But in the back of my mind I couldn’t help but be somewhat happy we were having such a difficult time in life. To me it symbolized the enemy trying his absolute hardest to break such a powerful and beautiful marriage from doing the work God had planned for us. But you know what; we would probably still be fighting those battles today if it wasn’t for my wonderful wife and her child like faith.
I think we had both reached the point of exhaustion and we were looking for anything or anyone that could help us get out of the darkness we were in. My wife had previously asked during the spring/summer if we should pray over the house. I thought that was a little corny and awkward so I quickly dismissed it. By late summer/early fall, my wife brought the subject up again and asked if we could pray over the house. This time I gave in and thought, “Well, what could it hurt?” We went to each room in the house and held hands and read the prayer out loud.
It was amazing how we both felt a weight being lifted off our backs. Shortly after the prayer I received a new job (hence why we were moving) to work with troubled youth. As for my wife’s fibro, that very next night she was able to sleep through the night and her fibro started to feel much more manageable. It’s amazing what the power of prayer can do!
But the main reason I am writing this is not to brag about my wife and I and how spiritual we are. I wanted to share how powerful prayer was, even praying over a house as awkward as that may sound and seem to you. Just remember that the spiritual world doesn’t play by the same rules that we do here on Earth. It’s a daily battle, and every prayer helps the good guys in the daily fight!
If you would like to pray over your house, office, cubicle, church, or anywhere, this is the link that helped us.
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In my last post, I talked about what it means to pray according to God’s will and why that’s important. God can’t contradict himself or give you things that go against his nature.
Praying in God’s Own Language
We can know for certain we’re praying God’s will when we pray scripture. It’s like praying in God’s own language.
Through the years as I raised my kids, I’ve prayed scripture over them inserting their names into scripture where appropriate.
As I prayed, I could literally sense the scriptures they needed prayed over them the most – like God was pricking my heart saying, “Yes. This is what they need.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 speaks about the armor of God. Every piece of that armor is defensive except one – the Word of God.
There is incredible power in praying God’s Word. It’s the perfect offensive weapon when we face seemingly insurmountable challenges – and an increasingly dangerous and immoral culture. Jesus himself responded with scripture when he was tempted by Satan in the desert.
Specific Scriptures to Pray
Here are some great passages to cradle the ones you love in. Just insert their name(s) into the blanks.
Protection: “Merciful Father, I ask that you command your angels concerning __________________ to guard him/her in all his/her ways.” (Psalm 91:11)
Growth in Faith: “Faithful Father, I pray that _________ may not waver through unbelief regarding your promises, but will be strengthened in his/her faith and give you glory, being fully persuaded that you have the power to do what you have promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)
Integrity: Help ____________ conduct himself/herself in the world, and especially in his/her relations with others, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:12)
Discernment: “Wise Father, give _________________ a discerning heart so that he/she may be able to distinguish between right and wrong.” (1 Kings 3:9)
Moral Purity: “Sovereign God, help _______________ flee from sexual immorality. Give _________ the understanding that his/her body is a temple of your Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)
Perseverance: “My “Strong Tower”, please strengthen _______________. Help ___________ stand firm. Let nothing move _____________. I pray that ___________ will always give himself/herself fully to the work of the Lord . . . knowing that his/her labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Courage: “Father, I pray that ________________ will be strong and courageous . . . that _____________ will not be terrified and will not be discouraged. Please allow ______________ to know that you are with him/her wherever he/she goes.” (Joshua 1:9)
A Loving heart: As God’s chosen son/daughter, holy and dearly loved, clothe _______________ with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
A Grateful Heart: “Father, help _______________ rejoice in you, you who are righteous, and praise your holy name. Let gratefulness become a state of heart and a way of life within _____________.” (Psalm 97:12)
A Life of Excellence: “Whatever _______________ does, I pray that _____________ will work at it with all his/her heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
Protection From the Evil One: “My prayer is not that you would take _______________ out of the world, but that you would protect ________________ from the evil one.” (John 17:15)
A Consistent Walk: My prayer is that ____________ will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. I pray that ____________’s delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law ______________ will meditate day and night. I pray that ______________ is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf never withers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
Faithfulness to God: I pray that _______________ will never forget your teaching, but will keep your commands in his/her heart, and that those teachings will prolong ____________’s life many years and bring ______________ prosperity.” (Proverbs 3:1-2)
What’s your experience praying scripture? Do you have a favorite scripture to pray over your family as a parent? What is it?
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Our homes are intended to be godly havens. Places of rest. Places where we, and our families can go to at the end of the day to enjoy God’s goodness and the company of family.
Our homes are intended to be sacred places. Places where God’s Name is revered, and where His Word is lived out in our lives, day after day.
That may seem intimidating, but God doesn’t call us to anything that He won’t make us able to walk in. And while you may think what I’m describing is outside of your grasp, I can tell you it is not.
God’s Word provides rich and abundant truths regarding the home.
You can pray the following verses over your home. I believe that when you do it will begin to reflect the beautiful, godly vision God has for your household. Some of these verses refer directly to our homes while others hold us accountable for our actions within their walls. Regardless, these verses contain just some of the precious biblical insight God has made available to us in this area!
Verses to Pray Over Your Home
- For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat. Psalm 147:13-14
- Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
- But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15b
- So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
- I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:12-13
- And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
- My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, Isaiah 32:18
- Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2
- The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just. Proverbs 3:33
- So Joshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance. Joshua 24:28
- The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. Proverbs 12:7
- The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish. Proverbs 14:1
- In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble. Proverbs 15:6
- Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4
- the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5
- How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:1-2
- Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you. Mark 5:19b
- For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1
- “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26
- Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 2 Chronicles 7:15-16
- And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: ‘Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have! 1 Samuel 25:6
- But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ Luke 10:5
- Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.” 2 Samuel 7:29
- Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces. Psalm 122:7
- Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel. 1 Kings 6:12-13
- Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house. 2 Samuel 7:10-11
- Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
- He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11a
- I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever. 1 Kings 8:13
- For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him. Genesis 18:9
- She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:21
- A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
- Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
Praying Powerful Prayers Over Your Home
In my experience, the most powerful prayers are sincere and Biblical. If you want to have a blessed home, you must go to God in prayer. Sincerely dedicate your home to Him. And then pray the Word over your home.
I know that not all of these verses seem so obviously aligned with what you would expect from this kind of list, but what God has promised about other homes and dwellings in the Bible, He can do for yours.
You can visit the Free Resource Library to download this complete 3 page list of all 33 Scriptures included in this post so you can allow these scriptures to be the basis of the prayers you pray over your home continually.
The Value of Scripture for the Home
Continually, the Scriptures should influence our hearts and minds. And the end result of that influence within your heart and mind will eventually reflect outside of you within your home. May these verses help provide you a godly vision of the heavenly haven God desires your home to be. And while your home may not be perfect (no home is), it can still be a place of beauty dedicated to the Author of all beauty!
We know the value of cleaning our home in the natural on a regular basis, but might not always think about the spiritual atmosphere and the need for regular “spiritual house cleaning”. Here’s a great prayer by Jane Glenchur from her book, “Seven Secrets to Power Prayer.”
“I release the Kingdom of God into my home – life, peace, health, love, hope and joy.
Lord, love my family through me. Be patient through me today.
In Jesus’ name I bind all spirits of division, strife and disunity. I release a spirit of unity into the atmosphere of my home.
I cover the doorposts of my home, my family and our possessions with the blood of the Lamb.
Lord, hide my family under the shelter of Your wings.
Lord, I take refuge in You. Be a wall of heavenly fire around my family.
Lord, command Your angels to protect my family.
No weapon forged against my family will prosper.
I am an overcomer. Anoint my family with the oil of the overcomer.
Lord, please remove any obstacles or roadblocks the enemy would try to put in my family’s path today. Amen”
Let’s get to “cleaning house” today1