I am so amazed by the heart of everyone who have recognized that now is a time or strategic prayer. Many who have elected to join me during the month of October in prayer have become a source of encouragement to me. It truly is refreshing to know that I am not alone in recognizing that this is the time to devote to reclaiming everything that appears to be under attack.
As we are in day six of this first week of prayer, the focus for today is on praying for repentance in the family. If you’re like me, you will readily admit that none of us are perfect and can do so much more to improve how we relate to our family, to unite the family and to make it whole. I am reminded by the late Dr. Myles Munroe that “if you don’t understand the purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable.”
When it comes to the family, it is so evident that many have lost any sense of understanding of what it means to be a family. There are stresses and strains coming from everywhere to redefine what a family should look like, how it should function, and essentially allow anything to be permitted. We were never called to recreate family in our image, but to grow our family after His divine order and will.
When we look at scripture, it is so apparent that God intended for the family to be an earthly representation of the unity that exists in the Godhead. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in such unity and order that they are one. We still have a difficulty in trying to convey with accuracy that harmony because we are finite in our human intellect. Yet, it is through the love of Christ that we can truly experience what that should be like.
God established Abraham as a father of a new family/nation with the promise that through him, every nation on the earth would be blessed. Malachi prophesied that there would come a time when the hearts of fathers would return to their children and that the hearts of the children would return to their fathers. For this to happen, it would take a crucified Christ to live an example of perfect love, and be the first in a new family of God’s children to show us how a family should love and be in harmony.
As we pray on today for repentance in the family, let us focus on the areas where we’ve come up short in understanding unconditional love. Let us be repentant of those things where we’ve either abused our position in the family, or our privileges for the purposes of seeking selfish desires, rather than the healing and mending of ways within the family. If our family is to be a reflection of the unity that God has in heaven, then we must seek to love as he loves. While we are human, we have a Spirit that dwells in us to enable us to know and display that same perfect love.
I pray that as you pray today, your heart will be encouraged by the truth that God desired unity in the family. Be encouraged even more that you can have a family that reflects the same harmony, as you yield your will to God’s will.
QUESTION: What would the world around you look like if you could have a wholly healed family that is in perfect relationship to God? Would you dare to pray for that change?