Prayer for Families Everywhere
The final day of the ‘write31days’ challenge has arrived. I’ve missed a few days, but better late than never, here are my last few words of contribution…
After a few days break from daily writing for the ‘write31days ‘ challenge, with grandchildren staying over and a complete change of routine in our house, I return with the final topic, of prayer for families. This week has been ‘up close and personal’ , with energetic , little people, fun yet tiring!!
What is a family? A very good question these days? Families are all shapes and sizes and mixtures.. and I believe God loves them all with their cosmopolitan diversity.
The Bible dictionary (NLT) describes family as ‘ A household unit of related people – as in a clan.’
God did a very special thing when He brought Jesus into the world for us. In Ephesians 1 v 5 scripture tells us that;
‘God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ‘
We have an earthly family that we are born from, but we have a heavenly family that we are born into.
Ephesians 2 v 19 tells us;
‘ You are citizen’s along with all God’s holy people – You are members of God’s family’.
Families are full of contrasts, on the one hand a place full of unconditional love and security and on the other dysfunctional and insecure. Many of us have equally mixed views and experiences of our own family backgrounds.
Essentially family at it’s best is God’s heart expressed fully. A safe place , a place to belong and fully be yourself.
Searching for prayers for families I came across this;
” By Your divine selection we are born to a family. You have allowed us to be recipients of extraordinary love. You have put the fabric of strong moral character and values into our DNA. Thank you for choosing this family for us. We do our very best to show consideration, compassion, and patience for one another. Thank you for linking our family generation to generation, ancestors, grandparents, parents, children and those who have yet to be born. Amen”*
This prayer reflects equally, our earthly family and our heavenly family.
Give thanks for all families everywhere, what ever shape, size or background they may be.
I give thanks for my family as it expands across the generations.
* resource; http://www.beliefnet.com/prayables/7 Prayers-For-Families ( Family DNA- no 3)