The Importance of Family Prayer2019-06-12T04:07:26+00:00

Prayer

The Importance of Family Prayer

 

It has never been more important for families to pray together. Prayer is the foundation of a home devoted to His Holiness and is one of the best ways to help your family thrive. We are living in a time where we are experiencing an unprecedented cultural attack on spiritual values and the structure of the home. Busy schedules, technology distractions and a general lack of enthusiasm also make this vital goal difficult. It’s important that we change the focus of our families from the world to the Lord, and the mood of our households from one of frustration to one of peace and joy. When you pray together as a family, each member learns what it means to be intimate with God and when you see answers to prayer, you experience His love and presence in your daily lives. Here are six benefits of praying together as a family.

When you pray out loud, it gives your family the opportunity to release their deepest hurts, giving them a voice. When you give your emotions a voice and a name, they become valid. When your feelings and emotions are validated and understood by His Holiness who loves you, then you’re on the road to recovery. Praying together as a family also gives each person an opportunity to forgive themselves and forgive others. Realize that obeying His command to forgive, frees you from your pain. It may take time and much soul searching before you feel like you’re truly ready to let go, but ultimately forgiving is godly and that’s what He wants for us.

Prayer heals. Studies show that those who pray are emotionally and physically healthier than those who don’t. Prayer helps those who are suffering from depression, anxiety and even terminal illnesses. There is power in praying for and with your family, especially when they are hurting. Pray for those around you or those in need. Pray for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for yourself, your family and those around you. Have confidence that if you ask anything according to His will, He hears you and remember that Holiness hears you when you pray.

Communication is a key aspect of relationships, and prayer is how we communicate with God. Prayer opens up communication with God and our families. As our hearts become vulnerable in prayer, we are able to have deeper, more authentic relationships. The times when we are able to share can help each person involved feel more valued and heard. Instead of diving right into talking to God right away, you can start off talking to one another, asking questions to get the communication started. The more you pray together as a family, the easier the communication with each other will become.

Pray for your spouse, parents, children and extended family every single day. When you pray, it’s important to ask for His protection over your family every day. As a parent, you hold a major responsibility to make your children aware of the importance of prayers in a family, as children are extremely vulnerable and the choices they make in their growing years will shape their future. Recognize that whatever you set your hand to do shall prosper, for Holiness supplies your every need. Ask His Holiness to protect you, your spouse and children throughout this day and night, to protect your house from any intrusion and to protect your family from any harmful demonic, physical, and mental attacks.

The glue that holds a family together is relationship – relationship with Holiness and with each other. Praying together as a family is important because it offers an intentional time of connectivity. This is more than just connection with one another. Through prayer, you are inviting God into the situations where your family needs Him most. It gives you an opportunity to find out what’s happening in each other’s lives, discover one another’s needs and dreams, opens up communication and gives each family member the opportunity to show that you care about each other.

Prayer builds unity and intimacy not only with the person to whom we pray, but the people we pray with, and those we pray for. By praying together, a couple’s relationship and home life can be changed for the better. By praying together, a broken family can be restored. Remember, family members can never change each other, but God can change them if you invite Him to do so. No matter what struggles you face today, none are too big for God to solve, if you will humble yourself before each other and the Lord and ask for His help. When you experience the tangible presence of God that comes through praying together, it can change not only the marriage but also the spiritual climate of the home.