A prayer for the family
By Emma Danzey
1 Timothy 5:8 says, “Whoever does not provide for his relatives, and especially his own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. »
God has entrusted each of us with different members of the family. Whether biologically or by adoption, the Lord has strategically placed each of us where we are for a reason. This call in 1 Timothy 5:8 must be taken seriously. In chapter 5, Timothy talks about the importance of caring for widows, elders, and servants. In the midst of his instructions, he finds it helpful to pause and share that those who do not care for their loved ones, especially those in their home, have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers. Why would God speak so harshly about this?
Think of the destruction of homes and the bad effects on children. Think of the aging parent who is suffering and no one watches over or cares for. Remember the priorities the Lord has placed on serving Him first, then spouses, then children, etc. There is a clear directive from God that we can do all the “ministry” in the world, but if we family, the other is in vain. We see an example of this in 1 Timothy 3, when the Lord addresses the qualifications of an elder in the church. The management of his home is part of the requirements. Today we are going to pray for our families, knowing that God has given us specific ministries as part of their lives.
Thank you so much for intentionally placing me in the family I am in. Even though every family comes with challenges, you have entrusted these loved ones to me. Please help me to love them as You do. Guide me in your wisdom how best to prioritize them and their spiritual care. Help me to pray for them daily, to reach out to them, and to love them in whatever season they are.
It’s not always easy for me to love my loved ones because I very often experience their sin and see their worst days. Would you give me the strength to be a light for them? Please help me to be strong in You to love them well. God, would you bless me with more compassion and gentleness as I go through life with my family? Help me to be a true minister of your love for them even when they don’t deserve it.
Lord, some families are not healthy, I pray that all the boundaries that need to be set in protection and love are set. You call us to love but not to put ourselves in danger. Give wisdom to those who have been seriously abused or hurt by family members. Help them not to walk in shame but to walk in Your victory. Give them wisdom on how to love well with healthy boundaries. For those who have known broken families, fix what’s broken. Heal the wounds, give them grace, show them Your great mercy.
I pray for spouses who need to review their priorities. Help me and others know how to best put you first, then our spouses second. Help us refine and reveal a greater depth of who you are to them. I pray that parents know how to love and protect their children well. Give us wisdom on how to make disciples of them. Help us share the gospel daily through our words and actions. Lead us as we lead them. Help us to walk in humility when we make mistakes.
I pray for those who have aging parents. Help us to love them well, to contact them often and to give them much attention. Give us the joy of listening and learning from their many years. Guide us to show them honor and valor. Lead us in the best ways to take care of their daily needs.
Lord, help us not to be hypocrites but to live this truth. Help us to appreciate our families well and show them your love in the way you call us. Unite us in You. Amen.
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by Emma Danzey Mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of his greatest joys is to walk with the Lord in his scriptures. She is Drew’s wife and they have been married for over a year. Drew and Emma serve with the ministry at Upstate CRU University in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life issues and the Christian way of life. Her article on interracial marriage was the most viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She has the joy of being the host of His many hats podcast where she explores the many roles women play while serving one God.
Emma loves to sing and write songs, take fitness classes, try new recipes, do makeover shows and drink tea! During her ministry career, Emma has recorded two cult EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran Refined magazine, and served in early childhood music education. Currently, she is editing her first published book on celibacy. Emma also had the privilege of being a national spokesperson for Mission Mukti based out of India. Mukti has worked for over 120 years to restore broken lives in India. You can see her articles on her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
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