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Family Prayer-groups

 

 

 

 

“Where two or three are gathered in my name…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Prayer-group Journal

 

Suggested theme for your family prayer-group:  unity and health in our family and its members, spiritually, and physically, as well as for the Church.

 

“Jesus’ promise to you”

 

Matthew 18:19-20, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” 

 

 

Notice:  Due to the highly personal and sensitive nature of the information contained within any family prayer-journal you may keep, remember it is a personal family journal, not to be seen or passed around to anyone outside of your family.  If you’re keeping a journal on your computer, this example below might be a way to keep things straight.  Whatever works best for you and your family.  A blank journaling notebook can be bought in most stationary or Bible book stores as well, and you can devise your own system for recording and keeping track of answered prayers.  Dating the prayer requests is essential, and also dating the answers received helps to keep a time-line flow of events between prayer requests and answers received.  In using physical notebooks for journaling, always leave sufficient space below each prayer request you pray and record, to have room to record the answer to that specific prayer request when God answers it.  You will begin to see God work, answering the prayers your family prays together, and this will help build the faith within each family member in your family prayer-group, as well as building solid prayer habits within your children.  You will be teaching them the essentials of prayer which will follow them for the rest of their lives.  Below is an example of how our house-church is journaling within our focused prayer-group, which you may find useful.

Legend:

 

Bold black print:  Prayer Requests (numbered sequentially and dated)

 

Bold green print, and dated: The answer to that Prayer Request (ongoing, prayer is in process of being answered)

 

Bold Dark red-brown print: Answered Prayer Requests (prayer request answer is completed, fulfilled)

 

 

“God fights for us when we pray”

 

2nd Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

 

Generally, you keep praying for a prayer-request until it is answered by God.  Explain to your children that it is important to try to pray for things you know are within God’s will.  Example, say one of your children wants to pray for a full-size aircraft that he or she can fly (and your children are young), that may not be immediately within the scope of God’s will (but don’t laugh, it may be later on in their life, and serve a good purpose).  But be careful not to stifle your children’s requests or faith in God. Most of the time you will find that their childlike faith is far greater than yours, and can move mountains, whereas ours can’t seem to move ant-hills.  Thus your children are the most important part of your family prayer-group.  Also by doing this, you will be instilling within them the powerful habit of prayer and showing them how to pray by your very example in front of them.  Below are a few suggested prayer requests, but this is not hard and fast.  Let your children pray about whatever they want to pray for, as well as guiding them to pray for real needs within your family, and also your local church congregation.

 

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Suggested prayer requests

 

 

1. Healing or solving of any spiritually or doctrinally divisive issues within the family, be they caused by an individual or a belief that’s taken hold that does not belong.

 

2. Healing or solving of any bad or dangerous situation with any family member (whether they’re believers, or not).

 

3. Healing of family members from serious and/or life-threatening illnesses and diseases.  Healing of sick people in our church.

 

4. Calling of unconverted mates, and intervention in their lives or the lives of their friends or co-workers which may contribute to their calling:

 

5. Calling of our siblings, real and adoptive, and intervention in their lives or the lives of their friends and co-workers which may contribute to their calling.

 

One example of how God can work, a working example of that, where dynamic answers are in progress:

       John, my son’s boss, his wife Deb has inoperable        cancer.  Chemo seems to be working.  Please let it     work and drive it into total remission. 

       Answer so far:  So far, Deb     has been through a        serious brain operation that most don’t survive, and    did ok.  Just recently the doctors told her “the   cancer markers” were diminishing,        which equates        to the amount of cancer in her body is        going      way down.  She’s been on chemo and radiation        treatment for about two months, and they say most   patients don’t have their “cancer markers” start to go        down for at least 8 months!  Originally their        prognosis was that she was going to die.  Now their    prognosis is she’s going to live.  She’s not out of the       woods yet, so please keep healing her.  Also, Deb has just broken her hip due to low calcium resulting from   her medications.  Please intervene and help her hip   mend as fast as possible.

(my son and even my daughter-in-law are very aware the prayers of our prayer-group are being dynamically answered here in the above instance, even though they both are non-believers.)

 

6.  Finding of jobs for members or their families members out of work.

             

7.  Father in Heaven, please bless our church with unity, both spiritual and in understanding of the Bible. 

 

8. Father in Heaven, please draw into our church any Church members who may be out there, going it alone, anyone in spiritual need who may be out there within range of our house-church.

 

9. Prayer for the safety of every family member, especially on the road, riding bikes, or driving in cars.

 

10. Father in Heaven, please bless our pastor and inspire him through the Holy Spirit, as he preaches and teaches us from the Word of God, both during services and throughout the week.  Convict members through his preaching to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and convict non-believers to come to Christ through his preaching from the Word of God.

 

At the beginning of each prayer-meeting, be sure to give thanks and praise to God for answers to prayers which have come in that week.

 

For congregational prayer-groups, see:

http://www.unityinchrist.com/wwcofg/Prayer-groupGuidelines.htm

 

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