Everyday Faith

Praying For Our Families: An Introduction

When my daughter was a baby, praying for her every night as she slept was a priority for me. Every single night, before my husband and I went to bed, I would disappear into the darkness of her room to stand over her, lay my hands on her back, and pray.

I prayed for her then like I have never prayed for anyone else, before or since. It was a matter of urgency for me, realizing that God Himself had entrusted this tiny person to me and that I had absolutely no idea how to do what was being asked of me. I prayed and I cried and I spent many cumulative hours crying, even, over her crib. I prayed like her life depended on it.

But then she got older, and getting her to sleep became more of a struggle. Venturing into her room at all once we turned off her light was risky, and touching her or lingering by her bed was out of the question unless I wanted to begin the whole bedtime routine all over again. My nightly prayers changed. The content was much the same, but the fervency and urgency was not. I was more comfortable with the idea of being a mama, and months of new experiences and conquering new challenges had brought on a degree of complacency with my prayers.

Before long, my nightly prayers became a thing of the past. I’m just being honest.

In the years since then, I have repeatedly been convicted of my careless and sloppy prayer life, especially as it relates to my daughter and to my husband. They are the most important people in my world, and while my conversations with my friends often revolve around them, I rarely talk about them with any great depth with God. Yes, I pray for their health and safety and random day-to-day things they have going on, but I don’t spend intentional time and effort speaking truth over their lives and boldly approaching the Throne on their behalf.

I suspect I’m not the only one. The nature of family makes it too easy for us to take our people for granted. It’s easy to let life get in the way. If you’re like me, prayer is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines anyway, so you start off at a disadvantage.

Recently I decided to take a more deliberate approach in my prayers for the people I love the most. Because my attention span is poor and my self  discipline is disgraceful, though, I knew I needed structure and accountability if I wanted it to stick.

With that in mind, I am starting tomorrow with a month-long series walking myself through the discipline of praying for my family. It is my hope that this will create a lasting habit for me, obviously, but also that it will be a resource for you to pray through as well. I have selected topics and scriptures that cover many of the issues families face and that I feel responsible for praying over my own family. It is not an exhaustive list, but I am hoping and praying that it helps to get the conversation going and the habit engrained.

Each day I will add the link for that day below. If you want the day’s devotion delivered directly to your inbox, you can subscribe (to the right, in the sidebar). I hope you’ll join me as I take this journey, and I pray you and your families will be blessed through it.

October 1 – Salvation

October 2 – Filling of the Holy Spirit

October 3 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: LOVE

October 4 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: JOY

October 5 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: PEACE

October 6 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: PATIENCE

October 7 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: KINDNESS

October 8 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: GOODNESS

October 9 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: FAITHFULNESS

October 10 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: GENTLENESS

October 11 – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit :: SELF-CONTROL

October 12 – Prayerfulness

October 13 – Trust in God

October 14 – Strength in Difficult Situations

October 15 – Strength of Conviction in Decision-Making

October 16 – Living for God, not Man

October 17 – Resistance to Temptation

October 18 – Protection of Family Relationships

October 19 – Family Unity

October 20 – Hearts of Servants

October 21 – Wisdom

October 22 – Humility and a Teachable Spirit

October 23 – Knowledge of Spiritual Gifts and Opportunity to Use Them

October 24 – Sense of Purpose and Calling

October 25 – Marriages

October 26 – Godly Community

October 27 – Protection from Evil

October 28 – Health

October 29 – Pure Thoughts and Good Attitude

October 30 – Generosity and Focus 

October 31 – Gratitude and Thankfulness

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