34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV)
Lord, God, loving family includes our children, parent(s), brother(s), sister(s), in-laws, step-children or step-parent, distant relatives and those who are in our church family as well.
Help us to be patient, kind and forgiving when they are difficult or almost impossible.
Help us model Christ-likeness in our giving, church attendance, and extra-curricular activities.
Help us repent of a habit contrary to the role-model we are to be.
Lead us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
Help us with the chores we do for family members, however menial or unpleasant.
Lead us to show love and kindness by sending a card, making time for and bonding with family members, blessing them with homemade goods or gifts to cheer when they are in need and on occasion performing one of their tasks unexpectedly.
Give us direction as we offer our service to the church.
Help us to have special times of prayer for family members who are unsaved.
Give us a desire to read your Word daily and spend time before your throne of grace in prayer. Fill us with your Presence, and help us serve them with a glad heart.
May we be faithful to pray for guidance for our loved ones to become who and what you have created them to be.
Finally, Lord, forgive us when we have been an ineffective witness because we displayed undesirable behavior toward our family.
Forgive us when we’ve been harsh, abusive, spiteful, jealous, covetous, hurtful, unloving, unyielding, unkind, and unfaithful.
Reform us into the family members that bring glory to you.
In Jesus name, Amen.