It’s usually when I watch my children sleep.
That’s when I pray it. Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or you are so sleep-deprived). But it’s passionate and desperate:
Help me do this, Lord! Help me be the wife and mom You want me to be and that they need me to be.
I need some ways to cover our home and family in prayer so that I can commit this all to Him and seek His help every day.
So, here they are: Seven Prayers for Your Home and Family. These are the verses I pray and the requests I make. What about you? Please comment with your own verses and prayers.
God, help us to keep this as our focus and never lose sight of the most important gift and responsibility you have given us—the salvation of our family. It’s easy to get caught up in worldly standards of success and measures of our worth, especially as parents. But honor rolls, scholarships, awards, and accolades don’t mean anything compared to salvation in Jesus Christ. Our greatest joy would be to see our children ‘walking in the truth.’ We pray that every member of our family will choose a personal, real, abiding, and powerful relationship with our Savior and that we will ask Him to reign over our lives both as a family and as individuals.
- Scripture verses:
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15 NIV).
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 1:4)
Lord, may our homes be havens of peace. The world around us can be stressful and high-pressured. We may be surrounded by conflict, battles, and oppression outside this home, but we pray that inside these walls, You will bring peace. Help us to rest in You. Help us communicate with grace, offer love and support, and speak in love. Even in the stressful rush of the mornings as we head out the door to school, work, church and other activities, may we breathe deeply and choose peace, gentleness, and kindness with one another.
- Scripture Verses:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27 NIV).
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV).
A Godly Legacy
No matter what our faith background up to this point, we pray for a heritage of faith, godliness, righteousness, salvation, and a passion for Your Word and for the Gospel. Help us to take the time to teach our children truth. We don’t want to ever be so busy that we neglect to teach our children about You. Give us the right words to say and guide our discussions with our children. May our children choose to marry strong Christians and raise their own children in Your Word. Where we have gone astray, we pray for grace and new opportunities. For our adult children and our grandchildren, we ask that You will turn their hearts and minds to You even now.
- Scripture Verses:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 ESV).
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV)
Unity and Love
Father, help us to remember that we are not just individuals out to achieve our own agendas. You have joined us together as a family; unite our hearts in love. Remind us that we are stronger together. Show us how to love each other sacrificially, graciously, and generously every day. May we serve each other, performing even the smallest acts of kindness for one another without complaint or score-keeping. We ask that our love for one another reflect Christ’s sacrificial and unconditional love so that others will look at our home and our family, and see You. Let our love for one another draw others to know your love for them.
- Scripture Verses
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7 ESV). By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35 ESV).
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV).
Father, You know our needs. We lay them at Your feet and ask for Your provision. We trust in You as our Provider. Lord, we ask for blessing, not so that we can stash it away, or indulge our own material desires. We don’t need the biggest house or the flashiest car or the most expensive clothes. We ask for blessing so that we may bless others. May we be good stewards of what You have given so that we can give it away to support missions and to care for others in need. Please open our eyes to the needs of others around us and help us to give quickly and give generously.
- Scripture Verses:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 ESV)
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor (Proverbs 22:9 NIV).
God, it is so easy to fall into the pitfalls and traps of sin and temptation. We are surrounded by what is wrong. Help us choose what is right. Give us strength to be vigilant about protecting the influences inside of our home, and when possible, outside of it, as well. Holy Spirit, prompt our hearts when we need to walk away, when we need to stop listening, stop reading, stop watching…..and help us fill our minds and hearts only with what is good, true, righteous, and pure. May we be set apart for You, living in this world, but not of it.
- Scripture Verses:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8 ESV).
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers (Psalm 1:1-6 ESV).
Laughter and Joy
Lord, we know that there will be hard times, but we pray that You will continually stir our hearts to joy. Let our home be a place of laughter. Open our eyes to see reasons to rejoice, stories to share, jokes to tell, and smiles to give one another. Make our home a place of rejoicing.
- Scripture Verses:
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them” (Psalm 125:2 ESV).
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:11 ESV)
If you would like a printout of these prayers to place in Your Bible or journal or maybe on your fridge or bathroom mirror, you can click here for the free printable!
You can also check out 12 Verses to Pray for Your Husband and 14 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage With 1 Corinthians 13 for other ways to be in prayer for your family.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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