Saturday, August 27, 2016

Praying for Your Family

A mother said to her pastor, "I've been praying for my daughter and son-in-law that they will be moved back to our city. Will you pray with me about it?" The pastor answered, "I sure will, but I must pray God's will be done in their lives."

The lady was not too happy with the pastor. After all, she wanted her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren to move close to her. When we pray for family members, as when we pray about anything, we should always remember to submit our will to the will of God.

Points to Consider
Pray for your family according to God's will. The Bible declares the will of God for our lives clearly and without question. For instance, the Bible explains the will of God for family life (Colossians 3:18-21). To pray such words is to pray God's order for your family.
Pray for family members to know Christ by faith. It's God's will for your family to be saved through faith in Christ (Acts 16:30-31). "This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved, and to understand the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Scripture leaves no question on the will of God here.
Pray for God's good will to be done in your marriage. God's will is for husbands to love their wives with an unconditional love, and for wives to respect their husbands (Ephesians 5:33). God delights in blessing the marriage relationship. He ordained marriage. He wants the best for your marriage.
Pray for your children to grow in their faith. That is stated clearly as the will of God in 2 Peter 3:18. "But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Children need to be taught the truth of God's will both at home and in church. God's will is for all believers to grow in their faith.