PRAYER FOR FAMILY – bring the needs of your loved ones to God

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Prayer for family first

We are always happy when our family and loved ones gather together. It is blessed time when we get together with the friends and family.  Sometimes we haven’t seen them in several months.  Families come in all shapes and sizes (including adoptive and step families).  The things that binds us together are love and loyalty. Family is important to God. When we pray for our family members, it shows that our family is important to us.  Don’t forget prayer for family members.

Set Your Heart in Line with God’s Heart

Bringing our needs to God isn’t simply listing the things we need, and then walking away.  Prayer is about enjoying intimacy with God, our Lord and Savior.  Offer God praise (if you need a place to start, choose a chapter from the book of Psalms).  Repentance is an opportunity to ask God for His forgiveness.  Let’s face it, we all need His grace!

Dear Lord,

I praise You because You are wise and powerful (Daniel 2:20).  You have given Your people peace and You keep Your promises (1 Kings 8:56).  Lord, please forgive me for things I have done or words I have said that failed You. Please give me the wisdom to do better (1 John1:9).  I acknowledge that the things I have been blessed with come from You (James 1:17).

Prayer for Family

Next, bring the needs of your loved ones to God in prayer for family.  Please note, these are very general things to ask for.  You can personalize this as you need to.

Lord, I bring my family members to You.  I ask that You give them:

Health – Lord, maintain my loved one’s health (3 John 1:2)

Wisdom – Lord, give my loved ones the wisdom they need in the situations they are facing (Psalm 25:4-5)

Peace – Lord, give my loved ones strength and peace (Psalm 29:11)

If a family member has a specific need, look up a Bible verse that relates to their needs and include it in your prayer for them.  For example, to pray for a family member who is going through a tough time:

Lord, Psalm 9:9 says, “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”  Right now my loved one is troubled because she lost her job.  Please be her refuge.  Provide for her needs, protect her family, and lead her to the right job.”

Prayer for Yourself

As the member of a family, you have an important place.  You need your family, but your family also needs you!  Pray that God will help you to be the best member of your family as possible.  Here are a few suggestions for how to pray for yourself:

Lord, I want to honor you by honoring my parents and by looking out for the younger members of my family.  I need Your help!  I want to demonstrate love to my family, handle problems with patience, and give generously. 

Love – Please give help me to love others because You first loved me (1 John 4:19, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Patience – Please help me to be patient with my loved ones (Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 6:4)

Generosity – Please help me to put the needs of others before my own; to be generous with my time and resources (1 Timothy 5:8, Acts 10:2).

Why Prayer is Important?

Family is important to God.  We were not created to be “lone wolves” – we need each other (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)!  That is why God gave us the special community called family. God has given family to us for support, love, and companionship. At the same time, family is the place where we learn important things like patience.

How should we treat our family members?  The Bible provides some guidelines about how families should interact and treat each other:

  • “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12)

We should treat the family members, especially those that are our seniors, with respect.

  • “Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127-3-5)

God entrusts parents with children.  But I believe this also extends to looking out for the well-being of younger family members.

These verses, and many others, show that God cares for us and for the family unit.  How can you deepen and strengthen your relationships with your loved ones?  Prayer for family is an important part of keeping family relationships strong!

Time is Love

Time spent in prayer is important because time is a valuable and finite resource.  When we bring our needs to God in prayer, we show that we trust Him.

Consider what it means for your loved ones when you bring their needs to the Lord in prayer!  When we pray for our family members, it shows that our family is important to us.

Prayer for family is an investment of our time

How should I pray for my family?

Prayer for family is an opportunity to bring your loved ones’ needs to Him.  Prayer is simply talking to God, but sometimes we just don’t know where to start.  I’ll suggest a prayer here and then we can talk about it in more detail.

Here are a few suggestions for before you pray:

  • Think about the last time you talked with your family members.  What was going on in their lives?  Make a list of your family members and any prayer concerns you know they have.
  • If you aren’t sure what to pray for send a text to your family member and simply ask them, “How can I pray for you?”
  • Write your list on an index card. Keep it in a private place and refer to it during your prayer time.  When you communicate with your loved ones, ask them if they have experienced an answer to prayer.

Also read: SHORT FAMILY PRAYER