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.
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.
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