Your family, extended family, church family, and the family you choose will all be targeted to be manipulated by the powers of spiritual warfare. The enemy is real and he wants to steal each one of us away from God by riddling our lives with dissension, misunderstandings, fear paired with anxiety, and senseless hurts. Putting on Christ does not exempt us from the trials and tribulations of this world, if we are not prayerful, we may be even more so at risk! After all, I’m human and so are you; the flesh is weak. And yet we have this promise, God’s grace is sufficient, for His strength is made perfect through our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) .
The family is one of the key axis points of God’s purposes on earth. And your family, at the point of your sphere of influence, is a major component of what He is doing right here where you live (Fervent, 85).
We all need to be praying. If you are single, don’t ignore this chapter. You may not be a wife yet, you may not have plans for marriage at all, but you do have a role, as a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, or a sister in Christ. Pray for the people in your life, the people God has and will bring into your life, laying a foundation of fervent prayers to build these relationships up because relationships matter.
As it turned out, I am visiting my parents as I prepared this blog post. When I first arrived, my five-year-old great-nephew was also visiting my parents. It gave me a fresh perspective as I looked at the family dynamics and how I could parallel this chapter with my reality. When you prepare your prayer strategy for this chapter, dig deep. Go person by person, name by name. Write a prayer strategy for each person. Make it personal, covering them in prayer in the areas where you know they are vulnerable and where you want a hedge of protection around them.
My Gram had a habit of writing what we now call a gratitude journal. She passed away in 2004 and her carefully documented praise diaries and thank you notes to God live on! I read through these treasures and it was such a blessing to see God’s fingerprints on our lives through her words. The entries were short and to the point. Some were as simple as a mention of a specific dinner menu for that day, others captured the joy of visiting with friends and loved ones, while some were a thank you for healing of a family member or friend. We forget what we know.
If you are single, pray for your future husband.
If you are married, pray for your husband and your marriage.
If there are children in your life, your own or other little ones in your life, pray for them.
This is part of the legacy you will leave behind. There are so many Scriptures to write your prayer strategy around for these precious relationships. The time has come to take this fight into your prayer room. Are you ready?
For Monday, read Strategy 5: Your Past (pages 93-104)
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