In God We Trust

Over the past month, we’ve been talking about Marriage and Family. It’s been a healthy time to evaluate and reflect. Some points may have even stepped on our toes. But regardless of how well we think we are doing, we all have room for improvement, and we all need to pray more for those we love. Keeping God at the center of our relationships is the key to a successful and healthy marriage and family.

JOURNAL: Reflect on the messages and devotionals from this message series and share how God has spoken to you.

ACTIVATION/PRAYER: Make praying for your family a priority in your daily life. If you are unsure of how to pray for them, use Scripture; God’s Word will give you the words you may struggle to find. Set aside time to pray these verses over them and journal what you see God begin doing in your family.

  1. Pray that God would be a priority in your family.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. - Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV

  1. Pray that your family would have a desire to serve God in everything they do.

…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.- Joshua 24:15 NIV

  1. Pray that God would strengthen your marriage.

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” - Mark 10:6-9 NIV

  1. Pray that you and your spouse would be unified in your marriage and in your parenting, with God at the center.

I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. - Jeremiah 32:39 NIV

  1. Pray that your family would come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. - Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

  1. Pray that God would protect your family from the attacks of the enemy.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. - Psalm 91:9-12 NIV

  1. Pray that would give you wisdom as you teach and train your children in a godly way.

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:4 NIV

  1. Pray that God would keep your family healthy.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. - 3 John 1:2 NIV

  1. Pray that God would surround your family with good friends.

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24 NLT

  1. Pray that your family would love each other, love God, and love others.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
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