The prayer calendar continues. I have already felt encouraged with the first day of prayer. For Day 2, I am praying especially for family. This family is both church and household relationships. Here are some ideas on prayers for various family members in my life:
HUSBANDS AND FATHERS
“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” Daniel 6:3
Pray for a godly character and attitude. Your husband and father should be upright in thought, word, and deed. That means he should be a trustworthy man of God. Daniel did not simply say the right words at the right time in front of the right people to get such high honors. He “had an excellent spirit within him.” The Holy Spirit showed in his every actions. Your father or husband will not always seem to show such attributes, but nothing is impossible with God. Pray that The Lord will work in your spouse or parent that his redemption would be obvious in everything he does, so that his Savior might be glorified.
“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
Pray that the husband will love his wife even as much or more as he loves himself. In another passage, we read as Christ so loved the church, so a husband must love his wife. That is a sacrificial love, even to death and beyond. Yet how many times does a husband lack this love? It is one of the most common forms of abuse in marriage that cannot even begin to be resolved outside of Christ. Do not grow bitter…pray for Christ’s love.
Pray the wife will be able to see the fruits of her husband’s Christly love and therefore easily submit with no bitterness. This kind of relationship calls for much prayer. Don’t ever stop praying about your marriage. The wife will often grow tired and weary, and struggle with submission–pray that the husband will be the sort of man she can submit to, and that she would submit and have peace.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Like all the prayers listed above, they should be prayed for everybody. Remember how your mother or wife worries about you and her children. She is a spiritual leader in her family, that her husband and children will confide in. Every harsh word, every wrong deed will worry her. Pray that she will be able to open up and pray to God daily, an that from it her anxiety will go, an she will have renewed hope and happy spirit.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: the knowledge of the is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
You know what to pray about for your children. But please, do not forget to pray for wisdom, knowledge, and godly discernment as your child faces various trials in life. Such wisdom only comes from God because God is wisdom and knowledge.
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
Pray that your siblings are not pulled by the strings of the world. That they are not lured by the seductions of rotting flesh, and enjoy the world more than the riches of Christ’s kingdom.
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdue one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve The Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:10