1.12.21 Prayer Focus: Families

For our prayer focus today, let’s spend some time specifically lifting up our families to the Lord. Families are near and dear to the heart of God. While this is evident all throughout the Bible, consider specifically how Acts chapter 2 addresses this theme. After the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers prompting onlookers to say that they must be drunk, the Apostle Peter stood up and preached biblical sermon explaining what had just occurred.

 

In quoting from the Old Testament book of Joel, Peter says this in Acts 2:16-17, “But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’”

 

There is a lot that could be said about this passage as a whole, but for our purposes, simply notice God’s heart for families. God desires that sons and daughters would be filled with his Spirit. Young and old are both mentioned as those upon whom God desires to pour out his Spirit.

 

Then a little later in his sermon, Peter says this regarding God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself (Acts 2:39).” Notice again the emphasis upon the family with the specific mention of children. 

 

Let’s take some time today to pray in agreement with God’s heart for our families. Pray for your immediate family and your extended family. Pray for your father and your mother. Pray for your spouse if you are married. Pray for your children and grandchildren. Pray that God would reveal himself to your family members in a personal and powerful way. Pray for those family members who may not know Christ, that they would be saved. Pray for those who may have wandered from the truth. Pray for protection and for blessing. The Lord desires to work in our families!

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