The Benefits of Family Prayer Time

Psalm 95:10-6

O come, let US sing unto the LORD: let US make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let US come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let US worship and bow down: let US kneel before the LORD our maker.

I have been told by a few that I am a good writer whether that’s true or not is yet to be determined. However I write to keep a record of things. I write down the things that I feel are important and worth remembering. I am hoping to one day gather all of my best post and bind them into a book for my children. The lessons I share under the homemaking and  family life categories have been a medium that has enabled me to record my growth as a Christian, wife and mother…it’s sort of like my personal book of Psalms. It’s my story and with each word I hope to share words of wisdom that will encourage not only you but my children as well.

Habakkuk 2:2

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.

This week I have chosen Psalm 95:10-6 as the scripture I will meditate on. It came as a result of praying with my husband and children this past week. Praying together is not something we do everyday as a family and to be completely honest, it’s something that we’ve neglected for a few months.

In the four verses of Psalm 95:10-6 the word “US” is repeated four times which indicates to me that the “US” part is a very important point that David was trying to convey. There is a great blessing in one-on-one prayer with the Lord and I have found an equally beneficial blessing in praying together with my children and husband.

When my family and I pray together, we are able to say things to God on behalf of one another, that we may sometimes forget to say directly or refuse to say. When we pray together we are able to have a one on one conversation with God on each others behalf. Praying together is a way to convey to my husband and children how much I love them. When I pray and ask God to help me become a better wife and mother it speaks volumes to my family. They get to see that I am just a fragile human being trying to be perfected by God. It explains my flaws and restores their hope that God is continuing His work of perfecting me. When my husband and children hear me lift up their names to God and thank Him for blessing me with them, it gives them a strength and a hope that surpasses ordinary words of encouragement.

Praying to the Lord together as a family is a very joyful time for us and it touches every member of our family in a way that no other activity we do together can match. There are so many benefits and I would encourage you to begin to make family prayer an important part of your day or week.

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