Day 2: Sunday 15th March 2020 Prayer for families
One of Gods greatest blessings are our families. When we read the bible, we see that most of the stories are based around family life. This would lead us to conclude that God often works primarily through and in the context of families and is interested in them.
There are some great examples in the bible of when families are operating well, and often there are many stories of huge disfunction (Abraham, Jacob and David come to mind). However, this never stops God working out his plans or purposes.
Families are important and it’s the primary place where Satan can often get in and cause havoc. Or the primary place where we are going to have to demonstrate the fruits of the spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Love within a family gives so much Glory to God and is a beautiful picture of the Trinity!!
Family is a great blessing but also can be very tough requiring forgiveness and patience😊
Pray for yourselves and your families that there will be more fruits of the spirit in your relationships!
We also want to pray for salvation and healing in our families. Pray for all your family members who are maybe not in a relationship with Jesus or following Him. Pray that they come to faith. Remember the Good news of Jesus is for all. There is no one off limits!!
Pray for ways you can demonstrate the radical love of Jesus to them
Why don’t you ask them to church, or go with them on the next Alpha course or invite them to your small group or finally talk to them about your faith in Jesus and how you love them you don’t want them to miss out.
So get on your knees and pray for fruit and pray for salvation.
Helpful Bible Verses
1 Corinthians 13:8
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
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Stephen Norcross is an elder, married to Lisa and living in Blackburn. Stephen works full time for Community Church Blackburn. Stephen studied music at university and uses his musical gifts leading worship. He also has a passion for bible teaching.