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Title: Family Prayer


1
Family Prayer
  • Matthew 77-8
  • Matthew 1819-20

2
Matthew 77-8
  • Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and
    you will find knock, and it will be opened to
    you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who
    seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be
    opened.

3
Global Day of Prayer
  • Many problems in the world today
  • What hurts more than any other thing?
  • Lack of prayer!
  • What hurts your family life more than any other
    thing?
  • Lack of prayer!

4
The Family Today
  • A deteriorating and vanishing structure in the
    world today
  • 25 years ago - average family unit was a stay at
    home housewife/mother, a wage-earning father, and
    no stepchildren
  • Only 7 of American homes have that mix today
  • Today more than fifty per cent of the nations
    mothers work outside the home
  • One child in six will lose a parent through
    divorce by the time he is 18
  • The family is in desperate need of prayer

5
The Solution Pray in our families!
  • Statistics
  • one out of every two marriages end in divorce
  • Harvard sociologist, Dr. Piterim Sorokin, but
    for those families who have prayer and Bible
    study there is only one divorce in 1015
    marriages
  • The family just one critical area where prayer
    makes a dramatic difference
  • The pray-er should pray with his family
  • If you do not come out of the closet with your
    praying, then you have a limited view of prayer

6
Gods Promise
  • 2 Chronicles 714
  • If My people who are called by My name will
    humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and
    turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
    from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal
    their land
  • Principle
  • When you begin to pray, you will always see an
    unusual work of the Lord

7
Guidelines - Family Prayer
  • A definite time
  • Family prayers should have a definite time within
    the family schedule
  • Pray with your spouse daily
  • Family prayers will make your personal devotions
    better
  • Individual members will be affected
  • Nothing encourages a personal prayer life like
    family praying
  • Family prayers should fit the familys situation
  • Each family is different
  • Mealtime is a good time for prayer
  • Bedtime would be another good time for prayer

8
The Perceived Problem
  • Only a few families practice family devotions
  • The family altar is exceedingly rare among
    Christians-even among ministers and leaders
  • The usual excuse - they cannot find a time when
    all the family will remain still together for a
    few minutes
  • Activities - church, business, sports,
    television, educational activities
  • Lack of prayer together is a more serious
    problem!

9
The Real Problem
  • Families will not establish the practice of
    family devotions until they become convinced
    that it is more important than their other
    activities

10
A Prayer-less People
  • The problem of prayer-less families is only a
    symptom of the larger problem of prayer-less
    people
  • The key to prayer with the family is to discover
    a time when one can pray with the family as a
    unit and with members of the family as
    individuals
  • The sacrifice of one television program is not
    much to give up for the value of time with the
    Lord
  • If it is a high priority for you as a parent you
    will make the time

11
Disciple Making 1st Lesson
  • We need examples to see in our lives
  • Pray with your children on a daily basis
  • Very few children in the world today have before
    them a consistent praying parent
  • Prayer is the on-the-job training for a child
    start at the earliest possible age
  • Children need a strong intercessor and they need
    to hear you praying for them
  • Self-consciousness
  • Sometimes the father feels he is supposed to be
    the leader, but that his wife knows so much more
    that he is embarrassed
  • Share that responsibility

12
A Time of Mutual Sharing
  • Read a Bible passage together then let each
    person share
  • about what you have read
  • about your life together
  • about how the Lord works through our prayers
  • about family and friends who need prayer
    Christmas cards
  • Do not feel obligated to pose wise solutions or
    to appear spiritual
  • Simply talk - and then all pray
  • Let there be great freedom to simply be
    yourselves
  • Prayer binds a family together as nothing else can

13
Starting a Family Prayer Time
  • Decide to start, then start!
  • Ask, and you shall receive, seek and you shall
    find, knock and it will be opened to you!
    Matthew 77-8
  • Meet with your family and admit your own failures
    in prayer with the family and then agree to
    change with them
  • Do this without blaming anyone else, and then
    discuss the remedy how you can get started
  • Discuss it honestly, and then stop and pray
    together right there
  • New habits will have to be formed and old ones
    broken
  • This takes practice and concentration
  • Prayers function is to put God at the center of
    your life and to see Him at work in your life!
  • As you open your own heart you will find Gods
    love and joy healing the old hurt places

14
The Place
  • The place should be informal
  • A place where you will be undisturbed
  • Turn off the telephone!
  • Pray about the location and the right answer will
    come
  • It will become a special place in your home!

15
The Length of Time
  • The length will vary and will be determined by
    the needs of the family
  • Use conversational prayer!
  • When your family begins to see God answering
    their prayers, they will enjoy every minute and
    want more
  • There is no greater joy in life
  • Seeing God at work in your life answering prayer
  • Knowing that He is there and that He cares for
    you!

16
The Position
  • Sitting around the table draws people together in
    an easy yet intimate way
  • Sitting in a circle
  • Kneeling by a sofa
  • Avoid scattered seating - we are members of one
    family!

17
How to Actually Begin
  • Explain conversational prayer to your family
  • Start with a time of silence at first
  • You are in the presence of Jesus Christ
  • Prepare your heart in quiet worship
  • Dont be afraid of silence
  • He is there, and He speaks in a still small voice
  • Open with a prayer of thanks that Matthew
    1819-20 is true
  • That He is there with you and you want to agree
    with Him
  • Give thanks in sentence prayers
  • First of all for the Lord Himself, for what He is
    like
  • Then for His gifts for eternal life, for some
    personal answer to prayer

18
Giving Requests
  • Stating prayer requests before you start to pray
    can be time-consuming and evasive
  • Three times longer than the actual praying!
  • Apparently it is much easier to tell our problems
    to one another than to God
  • Unspoken requests
  • Can be evasive, and tend to draw the person who
    gave them farther away
  • bearing with one another Colossians 313
  • Let as many as feel led by the Holy Spirit pray
    for this need

19
Agreeing in Prayer
  • Matthew 1819-20
  • Again I say to you that if two of you agree on
    earth concerning anything that they ask, it will
    be done for them by My Father in heaven. For
    where two or three are gathered together in My
    name, I am there in the midst of them.
  • How do we know when we have agreed?
  • We agree by saying so when we pray
  • Remind each other as we pray of the Lord and of
    His promises

20
The Starter and the Finisher
  • Not leader
  • The one who starts and finishes is not really a
    leader
  • The Leader is the Holy Spirit
  • Be sensitive to and aware of the moving of the
    Spirit in the family
  • Ask others to start and finish occasionally

21
Prayer Subjects
  • Worship, thanksgiving, praise to God the Father,
    the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • Pray for
  • our loved ones
  • our own personal needs or activities
  • each other
  • our missionaries
  • pastor and church
  • our nation, our leaders, world events

22
Silence - Pauses
  • Right prayer demands a quieting of the whole
    being
  • Learn to be quiet, and to be aware of Jesus
    presence
  • Dont be in a hurry
  • It is in the silences, between prayers, that He
    speaks to us
  • When no one is praying audibly, all should be
    praying silently
  • The greatest answer to prayer - that we are
    consciously aware of Jesus and His unchanging
    love for us

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