Prayer is a relatively simple act. Praying is talking to God. It’s sharing what you’re going through and what you’re feeling with Him. Moreover, you can pray at any and every moment of the day and wherever you are. You can lift your voice or pray in your heart, calling upon the Lord. Yesterday, we saw that prayer is the tool God makes available to you to face your family difficulties (if you have any).
How can something as simple as praying have such a significant effect on our families?
We read in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (the Bible, NIV)
Prayer is the means you can use to silence your worries to hear God’s voice. When you pray, you’re addressing the Lord of the universe. The Creator of heaven and Earth. He is not indifferent to your difficulties, to the problems you’re encountering with your oldest child or your in-laws. When you let Him know your requests and needs, God really hears them!
- If your children have rebelled and broken ties…prayer is a call to God who can and wants to reach them, no matter where they are. Prayer can reach them wherever they are and whatever they’re doing. (see the Bible, Psalm 103:17)
- If your marriage is broken…prayer invites our Heavenly Father into the headship role of what still remains of the family. This head of the family loves unconditionally and never breaks His promises. (see Acts 3:25)
- If your finances are at their lowest…you can trust God who provides for your needs. (see Psalm 37:25) Do not be concerned about food and clothing. (see Matthew 6:25)
Prayer doesn’t necessarily rule out storms, but it brings real calm to the family in the midst of the storm.
Prayer assures you that a companion is there in your home when tragedy strikes. This friend…is Jesus. He takes your hand and holds you in His everlasting arms. When you can’t move forward any more, He carries you. He upholds your family. And that is the miracle of prayer.
In the midst of family troubles and confusion, when you’ve lost your way, prayer involves the omniscient God, the One from whom nothing escapes, the One who gives wisdom and peace.