The Lord’s Prayer for Your Family [Monday Prayer Gathering]

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As we kick of this year’s first Prayer Gathering, we want to connect it to last year’s Gathering.  For the entire week, we focused upon the Lord’s Prayer in Matt. 6:9-13.  In our time praying together on this Monday, we want to refresh our minds on what we learned last year.

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

Here are some things to remember:

  1. Prayer is not about my name.
  2. 1st half of the prayer is about God and the 2nd half of the prayer is about us.
  3. There are no singular personal pronouns in this prayer.  It is “our” Father and not “my” Father.  We must begin to think beyond just ourselves.

In our time together today, we want to pray for our families according to the Lord’s Prayer.  Instead of using common phrases and generic requests, allow this prayer to shape how you pray for your family.

The Lord’s Prayer is often repeated verbatim.  That’s not a bad thing, but Jesus was actually giving us a template for how to pray rather than an audio clip to reuse concerning what to pray.  So use these main points to get specific in your prayer for your family.  Print this page off or use some way to write out specific ways you need to pray these things for your specific family situation.

  1. Our Father in heaven – Spend some time thanking God for what he has done in your home.  Thank him for how he has kept you and your family.
  2. Hallowed be your name – How do you want God’s name to be glorified in your home?
  3. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – How do you desire to see God’s Kingdom come in your home?  Anyone need salvation?  Any areas of obedience you need to pray for?  Longing for a taste of heaven in your home?
  4. Give us this day our daily bread – Any needs that your family has?  Anything for which you need to rely on God’s strength?
  5. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgive our debtors – Any reconciliation needed in your family?  Any forgiveness that you need to ask for (from God or another)?  Any forgiveness you need to offer?
  6. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil – Any dangerous areas in your family that concern you?  Anyone falling to temptation?  Which temptations?  Get specific.  Any weak areas you need to ask God to strengthen?

As you flesh these out, really get specific.  Pray for areas unique to your family.  More than just writing these things out, really do some work in the area of praying over your family today.

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