It has never been more important for families to pray together. Prayer is the foundation of the Christian home and is one of the best ways to help your family thrive. We are living in a time where we are experiencing an unprecedented cultural attack on biblical values and the structure of the home. Busy schedules, technology distractions and a general lack of enthusiasm also make this vital goal difficult.
It’s important that we change the focus of our families from the world to the Lord, and the mood of our households from one of frustration to one of peace and joy. When you pray together as a family, each member learns what it means to be intimate with God and when you see answers to prayer, you experience His love and presence in your daily lives. Here are six benefits of praying together as a family.
It Releases Your Deepest Hurts
When you pray out loud, it gives your family the opportunity to release their deepest hurts, giving them a voice. When you give your emotions a voice and a name, they become valid. When your feelings and emotions are validated and understood by a God who loves you, then you’re on the road to recovery. Praying together as a family also gives each person an opportunity to forgive themselves and forgive others. Realize obeying God’s command to forgive frees you from your pain. Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our sins in the same way we forgive others.” It may take time and much soul searching before you feel like you’re truly ready to let go, but ultimately forgiving is godly and what He wants for us.
Prayer heals. Studies show that those who pray are emotionally and physically healthier than those who don’t. Prayer helps those who are suffering from depression, anxiety and even terminal illnesses. There is power in praying for and with your family, especially when they are hurting. Pray for those around you or those in need. Pray for spiritual, emotional and physical healing for yourself, your family and those around you. Have confidence that if you ask in anything according to His will, He hears you and remember that God hears you when you pray. Ask, knock and seek His will for your family.
It Strengthens Communication
Communication is a key aspect of relationships, and prayer is how we communicate with God. Prayer opens up communication with God and our families. As our hearts become vulnerable in prayer, we are able to have deeper, more authentic relationships. These times where we are able to share can help each person involved feel more valued and heard. Instead of diving right into talking to God right away, you can start off talking to one another, asking questions to get the communication started. The more you pray together as a family, the easier the communication with each other will become.
Pray for your spouse, parents, children and extended family every single day. When you pray, it’s important to ask for His protection over your family every day. As a parent, you hold a major responsibility to make your kids aware of the importance of prayers in a family, as children are extremely vulnerable and the choices they make in their growing years will shape their future. Recognize that whatever you set your hand to do shall prosper, for God supplies your every need. Ask God, in the name of Jesus to protect you, your spouse and children throughout this day and night, to protect your house from any intrusion and to protect your family from any harmful demonic, physical and mental attacks.
It Strengthens Family Ties
The glue that holds a family together is relationship – relationship with God and with each other. Praying together as a family is important because it offers an intentional time of connectivity. This is more than just connection with one another. Through prayer, you are inviting God into the situations where your family needs Him most. It gives you an opportunity to find out what’s happening in each other’s lives, discover one another’s needs and dreams, opens up communication and give each family member the opportunity to show that you care about each other.
It Builds Unity and Intimacy
Prayer builds unity and intimacy not only with the person to whom we pray, but the people we pray with, and those we pray for. By praying together, a couple’s relationship and home life can be changed for the better. By praying together, a broken family can be restored. Remember, family members can never change each other, but God can change them if you invite Him to do so. No matter what struggles you face today, none are too big for God to solve, if you will humble yourself before each other and the Lord and ask for His help. When you experience the tangible presence of God that comes through praying together, it can change not only the marriage but also the spiritual climate of the home.
A family that prays together can be an unstoppable force for good, bringing God’s answers to impossible situations. When you actively pray with the members of your family, your relationships will change for the better and you will see God working in your lives in a whole new way. Trust in the power of prayer.
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