We value family prayer, and we champion prayer in the home. Before we assume that all families must pray, though, let us consider 5 families that do not need to bother praying:
1. Families that do not want to have worship in their homes
When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he taught them to begin with a heart of worship. He modeled how to recognize the holiness of the Father by praying, "Our Father in heaven, holy is your name" (Matthew 6:9). When families pray, they worship.
2. Families that do not desire the Lord's guidance for their lives
The Matthew 6 prayer continues with the famous line, "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). Families that pray together, seek the Lord's will for their homes and hearts together.
3. Families that do not need God’s provision
Verse 11 of this same chapter reads, "Give us this day our daily bread." Every home has needs from daily bread to jobs, rent, healing, wisdom, peace, and much more. Jesus says "Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all" (v. 32). When we pray, we trust the needs of our hearts in the hands of our Father; our Provider.
4. Families that never have to seek forgiveness
Jesus continues his model prayer: "...and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (v. 12). Most days find most family members needing to forgive and needing to be forgiven. These needs appropriately lead us to prayer.
5. Families that can tackle the temptations, trials, and evils of life on their own
For the rest of us, however, we are taught to go to the Father in prayer, asking for deliverance as we pray, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (v. 13). When deliverance,protection,freedom and victory are needs, prayers are vital.
BEGIN LEADING YOUR FAMILY IN PRAYER
I am convinced that prayer is one of the most powerful and greatest blessings we could ever bring through the front doors of our homes. It is a habit worth cultivating, a spiritual discipline worth practicing, and an aspect of Family Worship worth enjoying.
One way to begin implementing prayer in the home is simply to start by leading your family in one prayer a day. Whether you pray with your spouse before work, with your children as they get ready for bed, or the entire family over dinner during your family devotion, daily prayers can breathe life into the daily rhythm of the home in a way that nothing else can.
Perhaps you can even begin with the prayer examined in this article. Simply gather your family and pray:
Jonathan Williams is the founder of Gospel Family Ministries. He is also the author of Gospel Family. Jonathan enjoys this ministry alongside his wife, Jessica, and their three children, Gracie, Silas & Elijah. With a heart for families and the church, Jonathan also serves as the pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.