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20
Jun

A Prayer For Immigrant Families Along The U.S. Border

Gracious Father, we thank You for the signing of the executive order for immigrant families to stay together.  Thank You for being concerned for all humanity, including immigrant families.  Thank You for Your presence, love and mercy towards these families.  Lord God, Your ways are perfect.  All of Your promises prove true.  You are a shield for all who look to You for protection.  There is no God except You, Lord.  You are a solid rock. 

Righteous Father, we command justice to continue to run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream for the immigrant families entrenched in the current atrocity that separated children from their parents in America!  Lord, we rebuke the spirits of obstinance, chaos, and confusion and command peace to be still in the processing of these families.  Lord, continue to hear the cries of these families and rescue them from trouble.  We expect that You will meet their needs speedily from Your glorious riches which have been given in Christ Jesus. 

Holy Spirit, help President Donald Trump and Congress to reach a scriptural resolution for this issue.  Give them no rest until it is done!  Touch the hearts of the United States Border Patrol men and women and help them to treat the families, especially the children, fairly and with compassion.  Remind them of the legacy of America in which many families have found better economic opportunities and refuge throughout history.  Lord, please have mercy on our nation!  Convict the hearts of those who are preying on the fears of these families to manipulate them.  As the Body of Christ, please show us what actions we are to take and how we are to extend Your love and grace to these families. 

Abba Father, forgive our leaders for the dehumanizing and unscriptural acts of separating immigrant families. Holy Spirit, help our nation to be forgiving.  

Holy Spirit, help our citizens not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.\

Triumphant God, You are King!  The mountains melt like wax before You, Lord.  The heavens proclaim Your righteousness; every nation sees Your glory!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 18:30-31, Amos 5:24, Mark 4:39, Psalm 34:17, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 97:1,5-6

11
Jun

A Prayer for Our Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 100, Psalm 128

 

Reflections of the Heart:

FAMILY n. pl. families is one of life’s greatest blessings, a group of persons sharing a common ancestry and a group of people who will love and support each other through the good times as well as the bad.

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Awesome Father, our souls honor You. We thank You for thinking of us enough to give us dominion in the earth.  Thank You for our family relationships. We thank You for singlehood, the institution of marriage and parenthood.  Lord, we thank You for fulfilling Your plans and purposes in our lives. Thank You for blessing us continually with Your loving-kindness and tender mercies.  Your mercy endures forever. We give You thanks, O Lord, with all our hearts. We will sing Your praises. We will bow before Your holy Temple as we worship. We praise Your Name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your Name. As soon as we pray, You answer us. You encourage us by giving us strength.

Glorious Father, it is Your will that we prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. Therefore, we declare that our families will live in peaceful habitations, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.  Those who listen for Your instruction will find favor and joyfulness. We confess that the paths to loving family relationships, quality education, property ownership, employment, entrepreneurship and societal engagement that honors God will be affirmed in their lives. We declare that doors of opportunity will be opened to make room for their gifts as they trust in the Lord. Father, our families will hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering.  The love of God will reign supreme in our homes, and the peace of God will be an umpire in our family relationships.

 

Holy Spirit, show me which family member(s) for whom I should specifically pray:

 

 

 

 

Holy Spirit, we ask that You give our family members one heart and put a new spirit within all of us.  Where there are strained relationships in our families, please turn hearts back to one another. Lord, please begin to heal the wounds that family secrets have inflicted on the souls and minds of some of our family members. Lead them to competent Christian counseling to help them process their pain. Give us Your wisdom. Let discretion preserve us and understanding keep us from the way of evil. Please unite our families.  Father, establish and maintain the lines of communication in our homes so that there is good rapport one to another. Please keep our children and youth as the apples of Your eye and hide them under the shadow of Your wings. Let Your peace, love and understanding reside in our families.

 

Merciful Father, please forgive our families for all acts of sinfulness. Forgive us for allowing other responsibilities and interests such as hobbies, sports, jobs, social media, extreme usage of cell phones, and community obligations to have greater priority over our families.  Forgive us for at times taking our loved ones for granted and for lacking direct interpersonal communication with them. Forgive us for not praying for our families consistently. Forgive us for strife, anger, envy, jealousy, idolatry, adultery and for verbal or physical abuse within our homes. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our families of those we need to forgive and help us to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help our families not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Sovereign Lord, there is none like You. You are great and Your Name is full of power. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty.  Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours. This is Your Kingdom. We adore You as the one who is over all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 5:12 (NKJV), Psalm 136:1, Psalm 138:1-3, III John 2 (NKJV), Isaiah 32:18, Isaiah 54:17, Genesis 50:20, Hebrews 10:23, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 2:12, Psalm 17:8 NKJV, Matthew 6:13, Jeremiah 10:6, I Chronicles 29:11

11
Jun

A Prayer of Joy Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 29, Philippians 4:4-8

 

Reflections of the Heart:

God, the source of our hope, will fill us completely with joy and peace because we trust in Him.  We will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Omniscient Father, this is the day You have made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!  Thank You for families and for providing them with Your joy. Thank You for taking care of them and supplying all of their needs from Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus.  Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to instruct, guide, teach and comfort them. Lord, families will worship You with gladness and come before You, singing with joy.  They acknowledge that You are God! You made them, and they are Yours. Families are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture. They enter into Your gates with thanksgiving; go into Your courts with praise.  Families give thanks to You and praise Your Name, for You are good. Your unfailing love continues forever, and Your faithfulness continues to each generation.  

 

Wonderful Father, we declare that all families will love You, even though they have never seen You.  Though they do not see You now, they trust You; and they rejoice with a glorious inexpressible joy. May those who search for You be filled with joy and gladness in You.  May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” Today, we confess that when troubles of any kind come their way, they will consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For when their faith is tested, their endurance has a chance to grow. So they will let it grow, for when their endurance is fully developed, they will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  We decree that families who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust in You will be joyful. As they prosper, they will share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.  They will have influence and honor.

 

Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for the joy of families today:

 

 

 

Holy Spirit, help families understand that God is the source of all joy and it is through His grace that it is offered to them.  Show them that while worldly joy is temporary, the joy that You give is always available and accessible. Teach them how to rejoice in the Lord by seeking Him first in all things, spending time in His presence and in His Word, being obedient to His will, honoring Him with praise and partnering with Him through prayer.  Increase their faith and patience during times where joylessness tries to take root due to challenging external or self-inflicted circumstances such as estranged relations, lack of communication, unforgiveness of past hurts, long-term illness and grief. Give them the strength and the strategies to overcome obstacles joyfully so that they may be positive role models for those they love, lead, instruct, care for and walk beside. Show them how to enjoy life and laugh more.

 

Loving Father, forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including strife, discord, jealousy, lying, greed, gossip, bribery, abuse of power and idolizing people and things.  Forgive them when instead of embracing joy, they choose to worry, fear, complain and wallow in self-pity. Forgive those who only focus on what will bring them joy instead of what they can do to give You and others joy.  Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind families all of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Immortal Lord, You are the blessed and only Almighty God.  You are the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. You alone can never die.  You live in light so brilliant that no human can approach You. No human eye has ever seen You, nor ever will. To You belongs all honor and power forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 118:24, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 100:2-5, 1 Peter 1:8, Psalm 70:4, James 1:2-4, Proverbs 16:20, Psalm 112:9, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16

11
Jun

A Prayer of Faith for Within Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 29, Hebrews 11

 

Reflections of the Heart:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

ONE Prayer:

 

Eternal Father, thank You for being in relationship within families.  Thank You for drawing them into Your holy family through the meritorious works of Jesus Christ.  Thank You for creating them to be kings of the King and lords of the Lord. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them on this faith walk.  The heavens proclaim Your glory and the skies display Your craftsmanship. Lord, families will praise You with their whole hearts, tell of all the marvelous things You have done and be filled with joy because of You.  They will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High!

 

Dear Lord, as citizens of Your Kingdom, families are righteous people who live by faith.  We decree that they live their lives in faith by believing in You and Your Word, and they are not influenced by things they see with their natural eyes.  They will trust in You with all of their hearts and not depend on their own understanding. Seeking Your will in all that they do and in every situation, they will trust that You will show them which path to take.  They will strip off every weight that slows them down, especially the sin that so easily trips them up. Families will run with endurance the race that You have set before them, keeping their eyes on Jesus, the Champion, who initiates and perfects their faith. They will seek Your Kingdom above all else and live righteously and trust that You will give them everything they need.  As Kingdom citizens, they will trust You with their finances, families, businesses, relationships and all other areas of their lives. Father, their works will reflect the faith that they have in You!

 

Holy Spirit, how can I pray for families to develop a deeper faith?     

 

 

 

Holy Spirit, please help families relinquish control to You. Transform the way they think as they meditate on the Word.  Help them to let their good deeds shine out for all to praise You, our heavenly Father. Empower them to model and teach Kingdom faith to their siblings, children, parents and other family members including other close relationships.  Show them any areas in their lives where their faith may be faltering. Please help those family members who have had so many disappointments, missed opportunities or conflicts in life to stand boldly and walk in their Kingdom authority.

 

Heavenly Father, please forgive families for all acts of sinfulness including lying, fornication, adultery, idolatry, profanity, deception, drug abuse, and theft.  Forgive them for having more faith in themselves, their jobs, finances, gifts and talents and other people than they do in You. Forgive them for harboring dead faith.  Remind families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Triumphant Lord, all glory belongs to You, who alone are God.  All glory, majesty, power and authority are Yours before all time and in the present and beyond all time!  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text: I Timothy 6:15, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 9:1-2, Hebrews 10:38, Proverbs 3:5-6, Hebrews 12:1-2, Matthew 6:33, Numbers 23:19, Matthew 6:13, Jude 25

11
Jun

A Prayer of Peace and Protection for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 29, Daniel 3:22-27

 

Reflections of the Heart:

“The safest place in all the world is in the will of God, and the safest protection in all the world is the name of God.”   ~ Warren Wiersbe

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Wonderful Father, we thank You for Your peace and protection.  Thank You for provision that enables families to love one another, raise children with a Godly foundation and be an example of unity within their communities.   We thank You, Lord, for having plans for good and not disaster for them, to give them a future and a hope.  Thank You for blessing them with Your perfect peace, as they keep their thoughts fixed on You. They will come before You clapping their hands and shouting with joy unto You.  Lord Most High, You are awesome! You subdue nations before families and put their enemies under their feet! Father, we thank You for choosing this promised land for an inheritance for them and their families.  They will sing praises to You, Lord, and declare that You are the King over all of the earth!

 

Almighty Father, You are the light and salvation in the lives of families, so they will not be afraid.  You are their fortress, protecting them from danger so they will not tremble. We declare that they will live peacefully and safely in their workplaces and homes and that their homes will be places of rest.  We decree that families are vibrant and prosperous through the use of their gifts and talents. They will depart from evil and do good; they will search for peace and work to maintain it. Lord, we expect that You will always put a wall of protection around them, their homes and properties, and You will allow them to prosper in everything they do.  In the authority given to them by Jesus Christ, families will cancel the assignments of the spirits of fear, intimidation, theft, vandalism, murder, destruction, discord and perversion from their homes and workplaces.

 

Holy Spirit, how can I continue to pray for peace and protection in the lives of families?

 

 

 

 

Merciful Father, remind families that the greatest resource of peace and protection is the Lord God Almighty.  Incline their hearts to seek Him first and search His Word for wisdom, comfort, refuge and direction. Give them the strength and courage to stand when social media, television, movies, peers and Internet influences, do not represent the Godly values set forth in their homes.  Keep them from all temptations including the urge to love this world more than You or mistreat their parents, siblings and extended family members. Holy Spirit, impress upon families the importance of finding the right balance between their work and personal lives. Provide them opportunities to relax and have fun in safe and loving environments.

 

Forgiving Father, forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including jealousy, rivalries, dishonesty, injustice, hatred, oppression, greed, idolatry, pride, slander, sexual immorality, selfish ambition, and abuse of any type.  Forgive those who choose not to trust in You for all things in all ways. Forgive families who say they are Christians but do not share Your Gospel nor act in a way that would inspire others to ask them what mighty God they serve. Holy Spirit, remind families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Eternal Lord, You are the blessed and Sovereign One; the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man can see.  Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 47:1-4,6-7, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 32:18, Psalm 34:14, Job 1:10, Galatians 5:19-21, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16

11
Jun

A Prayer of Peace and Protection for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 29, Daniel 3:22-27

 

Reflections of the Heart:

“The safest place in all the world is in the will of God, and the safest protection in all the world is the name of God.”   ~ Warren Wiersbe

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Wonderful Father, we thank You for Your peace and protection.  Thank You for the provision that enables families to love one another, raise children with a Godly foundation and be an example of unity within their communities.   We thank You, Lord, for having plans for good and not disaster for them, to give them a future and a hope.  Thank You for blessing them with Your perfect peace, as they keep their thoughts fixed on You. They will come before You clapping their hands and shouting with joy unto You.  Lord Most High, You are awesome! You subdue nations before families and put their enemies under their feet! Father, we thank You for choosing this promised land for an inheritance for them and their families.  They will sing praises to You, Lord, and declare that You are the King over all of the earth!

 

Almighty Father, You are the light and salvation in the lives of families, so they will not be afraid.  You are their fortress, protecting them from danger so they will not tremble. We declare that they will live peacefully and safely in their workplaces and homes and that their homes will be places of rest.  We decree that families are vibrant and prosperous through the use of their gifts and talents. They will depart from evil and do good; they will search for peace and work to maintain it. Lord, we expect that You will always put a wall of protection around them, their homes and properties, and You will allow them to prosper in everything they do.  In the authority given to them by Jesus Christ, families will cancel the assignments of the spirits of fear, intimidation, theft, vandalism, murder, destruction, discord and perversion from their homes and workplaces.

 

Holy Spirit, how can I continue to pray for peace and protection in the lives of families?

 

 

 

 

Merciful Father, remind families that the greatest resource of peace and protection is the Lord God Almighty.  Incline their hearts to seek Him first and search His Word for wisdom, comfort, refuge, and direction. Give them the strength and courage to stand when social media, television, movies, peers and Internet influences, do not represent the Godly values set forth in their homes.  Keep them from all temptations including the urge to love this world more than You or mistreat their parents, siblings and extended family members. Holy Spirit, impress upon families the importance of finding the right balance between their work and personal lives. Provide them opportunities to relax and have fun in safe and loving environments.

 

Forgiving Father, forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including jealousy, rivalries, dishonesty, injustice, hatred, oppression, greed, idolatry, pride, slander, sexual immorality, selfish ambition, and abuse of any type.  Forgive those who choose not to trust in You for all things in all ways. Forgive families who say they are Christians but do not share Your Gospel nor act in a way that would inspire others to ask them what mighty God they serve. Holy Spirit, remind families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Eternal Lord, You are the blessed and Sovereign One; the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man can see.  Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 47:1-4,6-7, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 32:18, Psalm 34:14, Job 1:10, Galatians 5:19-21, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16

11
Jun

A Prayer of Healing for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalms 93, John 5:1-11

 

Reflections of the Heart:

“My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.”  ~ Brennan Manning

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Glorious Father, we thank You for Your eternal love and unmerited grace.  Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to bring hope, health and healing to families.  We give thanks because You are near. People everywhere will tell of Your wonderful deeds.   Lord, You are good and Your unfailing love endures forever. How great are Your signs and how powerful are Your wonders.  You will be with us forever, You will watch over all our generations. Lord, You are high above all the nations. Your glory is higher than the heavens.  Who can be compared with You, our God, who is enthroned on high.

 

Awesome Father, we expect You to display Your glory in the lives of families who are in need of healing.  With You, nothing is impossible. We expect their diseases to be dissolved, broken relationships to be mended, and those who are held captive in their minds and souls to be set free.  As we pray for families in need of healing, we confess that Your healing power will operate through each man, woman and child. By faith, we declare that they will pay attention to Your Word and listen carefully to it.  They will not lose sight of it. They will let it penetrate deep into their hearts. As they do this, Your Word will bring life and healing to their whole bodies.  

 

List the names of educators you know who need healing.  Speak their names by saying, “in Jesus Name, we declare healing for (say their names).” Encourage them to pray Scriptures of healing located at https://www.prayerinstitute.com/prayer/model-prayers/healing.

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Holy Spirit, please help families to be bolder about praying for healing.  Help those in need of healing to trust in You with all their hearts and not depend on their own understanding. Empower the heads of the household to set the example of prayer in the home.  Righteous Father, please open the eyes of their understanding so that they will comprehend the confident hope given to those Christ has called. Remind the children and adults to look to You for help and strength when they pray for their parents. Father, cause Your healing power to be experienced throughout each family member.  

 

Merciful Father, forgive families for all acts of sinfulness. Forgive those who act Godly but deny Your power to perform healings, signs and wonders in their lives.  Lord, please forgive and restore to them the joy of Your salvation. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Royal Lord, You are the Almighty!  Only You can open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.  You cause the lame to leap like deer and those who cannot speak to sing for joy. You cause springs to gush forth in the wilderness and streams to water the wasteland.   You cause the parched ground to become a pool and springs of water to satisfy the thirsty land. Great and awesome is Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 75:1, Psalm 136:1, Daniel 4:3a, Psalm 113:4-5, Proverbs 4:20-22, Proverbs 3:5, Ephesians 1:18, II Timothy 3:5, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 35:5-7a

11
Jun

A Prayer of Forgiveness for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 108:1-5, Matthew 18:21-35

 

Reflections of the Heart:

It is impossible to live and not be hurt or offended.  Jesus said, “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.  Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”  Luke 17:3-4

 

Scriptural Prayer:


Beloved Father, thank You for loving, forgiving and saving families. Thank You for giving them opportunities each day to show love and forgiveness to their neighbors, employers, friends, families, and others.  Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing and abundance in their work and personal lives. Lord, You are great! You are most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. Families will let all that they are praise You, Lord; with their whole hearts, they will praise Your Holy Name.  They will never forget the good things You do for them. You forgive all their sins and heal all their diseases. You crown them with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You fill their lives with good things. Their youth is renewed like that of the eagle’s!

 

Righteous Father, Your Word tells families that they are to make allowance for the faults of others and forgive anyone who offends them.  They will remember You forgave them, so they must forgive others. They will be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. We expect families to show deep love for each other and their family members and friends because love covers a multitude of sins.  They will not copy the behavior and customs of this world but will let You transform them into new persons by changing the way they think.  Then they will learn to know Your will for them, Lord, which is good and pleasing and perfect. By faith, we confess that families will not worry about anything; instead, they will pray about everything.  They will tell You what they need and thank You for all You have done. We pray that they will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so they will have all the endurance and patience they need to succeed.  They will be filled with joy!

 

Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for families to forgive themselves and others today.

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Holy Spirit, help families understand that God loves them unconditionally. Reveal any unforgiveness that is in their hearts and give them wisdom and courage to seek spiritual and/or professional counseling to identify the root cause so they may heal. Remind them that when they walk in unforgiveness, they are walking in disobedience away from You and out of alignment with Your plans for them. Help them to understand unforgiveness, which is classified as a disease in medical books, can lead to heart disease, cancer, and other stress-related illnesses. Touch and renew the hearts of families so they release the past and go forward, fully forgiving others of all offenses as You forgive them. Help them not to be so easily offended. Give them the peace and freedom that come from letting go and allowing You to fill their hearts with love.

 

Merciful Father, please forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including jealousy, contempt, pride, bitterness, criticism, lying, gossiping, hatred, holding grudges and seeking revenge.  Help them when they refuse to forgive family members who have done hurtful things. Forgive those families who choose not to forgive others for past offenses. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind all families of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King; Your rule is everlasting.  All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You.  All of Your acts are just and true.  You alone have held the oceans in Your hand.  You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth.  The Lord God Almighty is Your Name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 145:3, Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV), Colossians 3:13, James 1:19, 1 Peter 4:8, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:11, Matthew 6:13, Daniel 4:34-35,37, Isaiah 40:12

11
Jun

A Summer Prayer for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 100, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

 

Reflections of the Heart:

Summer is a time to see and enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation.  It’s a time to be thankful for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight.  It is a time to also be thankful for the time we have with our families and friends.  Enjoy your summer break!

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

Wonderful Father, we thank You for our children and youth.  We thank You for blessing them during the school year. Thank You for protecting and watching over them during their extracurricular activities. Thank You for blessing them with a chance to rest and relax during the summer.  Father, we bless Your Holy Name. We come before Your presence with thanksgiving and we shout joyfully to You, the Rock of our salvation. Lord, You are the great God, and the great King above all gods. In Your hand are the deep places of the earth; the mightiest mountains are Yours.  The sea is Yours, for You made it, and Your hands formed the dry land. Lord, You are our God and we are the people You watch over, the flock under Your care.

 

Holy Father, we declare that our children and youth live in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  As a result, no harm will come near them during the summer. In accordance with their obedience, we declare that they are blessed in the city and in the country.  They are blessed when they come in, and when they go out. We confess by faith, that our children and youth will not follow the advice of the wicked or stand around sinners, or join in with mockers; but they will delight and meditate in Your Word day and night.  We declare that they will give their bodies as living and holy sacrifices to You, Lord. They will not copy the illicit behavior and customs of this world because they are transformed into new people by the way they think. We confess that every youth who is seeking summer employment will find it because they are surrounded with favor like a shield.  Lord, we decree that our children and youth are taught of You and they enjoy great peace.

 

List your specific summer activities that you have planned for your children and/or youth:

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Almighty Father, please give our parents and guardians the wisdom, strength, and guidance they need to plan, organize, and implement summer activities for their children and youth. Father, bless our families during the summer break with vacations.  Please protect us during our times of travel, leisure and play. Lord, provide the extra income needed for summer activities. Please keep our children and youth protected from idle minds, unwise decisions, ungodly peer pressure, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and untimely death.  Holy Spirit, help each student to retain the information that they learned throughout the school year. Father, we ask You to please surround them with Your love; lead and instruct them by Your Holy Spirit, and keep them as the apple of Your eye.

 

Merciful Father, please forgive our children and youth for disobedience and all acts of sinfulness, including gossip, name-calling, bullying, rebellion, stubbornness, and disrespect for authority.  As parents, forgive us for any abuse or neglect of our children and youth. Forgive those who have been so preoccupied with their own needs that they have failed to have the structure in their homes for healthy meals and quality family time.  Forgive those who have not always supported their children’s educational needs, trained them to have good manners, or taught them to live a life of truth and integrity. Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our children and youth of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help our children and youth not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Glorious Lord, Your Name is very great; Your glory towers over the earth and heaven.  You alone held the oceans in Your hand. You measured off the heavens with Your fingers.  You alone knows the weight of the earth. Triumphant and Glorious is Your Name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

 

Scripture References for the Written Text (NLT & NKJV):  Psalm 95:1-5, 7, Psalm 91:1, 10, Deuteronomy 28:3,6, Psalm 1:1-2, Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 5:12, Isaiah 54:13, Proverbs 8:13, Galatians 5:16, Philippians 2:5, Ephesians 6:1-3, Psalm 17:8, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 148:13, Isaiah 40:12

 

Today, I will trust God to:  

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Jun

A Prayer of Salvation for Families

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 105:1-8, Romans 10:1-13

 

Reflections of the Heart:

Through salvation, our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning and our future is secured.

Rick Warren

 

ONE Prayer:

 

Glorious Father, thank You for Your unconditional love.  Thank You for showing families just how great Your love is by sending Christ to die for them while they were still sinners.  Thank You for adopting them as Your children. Lord God, thank You for the precious gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Your majestic Name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens! Families will praise Your Name forever and ever, for You have all wisdom and power.  They will put their hope in You, Lord; You are their help and shield. Father, You have performed many wonders for them. Your plans for families are too numerous to list. You have no equal!  If they tried to recite all Your wonderful deeds, they would never come to the end of them.

 

Triumphant Father, we know according to Your Word that You want everyone to be saved and understand the truth.  We confess that if families openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that You raised Him from the dead, they will be saved.  When they do, as Your Word promises, they will not perish but have everlasting life. They will have the right to become Your children. They will see themselves as Your masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus so that they can do the good things You predestined for them.  Our families will proclaim the good news that You save, publish Your glorious deeds among the nations and tell everyone about the amazing things You do. We declare that they will worship Christ as Lord of their lives. And if someone asks about their hope as believers, they will always be ready to explain in a gentle and respectful way.  We confess that families will never stop praying and being thankful in all circumstances, for this is Your will for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

 

Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for families who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.   Ask and trust the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom when witnessing to others today.

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Holy Spirit, send disciples families throughout the world who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Help those who have been saved to embrace fully the gift of salvation from the Father. Provide family members with continued opportunities to grow into the knowledge of God through spiritual wisdom and guidance, whether they are new or seasoned believers.  Stir up their gifts and give them the desire, courage and discernment to proclaim Christ, follow His teachings and do good works. And when they sin, as humans sometimes do, such as being judgmental and envious of one another, help them to repent. Give each individual in the family the endurance to continue on the path You have established just for them.  

 

Precious Father, forgive families for all acts of sinfulness, including disobedience, rebellion, pride, arrogance, selfishness, hatred, lying, perversion and gossiping.  Forgive those who have heard the Gospel but refuse to accept it and those who have accepted the Gospel and refuse to share it. Forgive family members who devalue their unsaved relatives.  Lord, forgive me for (list the sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind families of those they need to forgive and help them to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Spirit, help families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

 

No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides You. There is no Rock like You, our God.  Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. You are awesome in Your sanctuary. You are the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to You, O God!  May Your glory shine over all the earth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Scripture References for the Written Text: Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:5, Romans 6:23b, Psalm 8:1, Daniel 2:20, Psalm 33:20, Psalm 40:5, I Timothy 2:4, Romans 10:9, John 3:16, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 96:2-3, I Peter 3:15, I Thessalonians 5:17-18, Matthew 6:13, I Samuel 2:2, Psalm 68:35, Psalm 108:5b

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