5 Ways praying can help strengthen your family bond
Prayer is constant communication with God. Praying based on the Holy Bible scriptures can benefit you and your family in many ways. Praying for the needs and wants of your family based on God’s plan can build a strong bond within the family unit. It is often said that, “The family that prays together, stays together.”
Prayer can give you peace
Philippians 4:6-7 states, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
This Bible verse helps you to deal with anxiety and focus on what's needed for your family. You can pray that your family show Godly characteristics toward one another, like love, forgiveness, sharing and confidence. When your family displays these characteristics, the family bond becomes even stronger. Praying to God about your family and thanking God for the good things about your family will give you peace. Peace is not the absence of problems, however, it is often peace in the midst of life's challenges. This peace comes from God and not from man, and is often called the peace that surpasses all understanding. The circumstances in life are sometimes difficult, and it often seems like one should be depressed or angry; yet you have just the opposite response and possess peace about the situation.
Prayer gives you and your family strength
1 Chronicles 16:11 states, "Seek the Lord and his strength; Seek his face evermore!"
You can gain strength in prayer to help with family interactions and issues because God through his Holy Spirit will give you strength. If you confess God's word when you pray, you will be praying God's will for your life and the life of your family. It is sometimes hard to pray for our family because they are so close to us that we feel their pain and are often times burdened with it. Pray for yourself first and ask God for strength for yourself and also strength to help you to pray for your family. You can write down what your family's prayer needs are and pray for one family member at a time, so you are not so easily overwhelmed.
It can keep love from diminishing
Luke 18:1 states, “He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 states, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.”
Praying for family and sticking to doing this will help you to develop forbearance for your family. Forbearance is having patience, tolerance and self control when dealing with family. Dealing with different personalities in families can be challenging, and trying to talk with different family members can be difficult. You can feel like family is not listening to your advice and instruction and that what you said to them goes in one ear and comes out the other. Talking to God in prayer can help this because God can reach your family members even when you can't. Praying to God and asking him to help you be patient can help strengthen your character and help improve communication between you and family members.
You should pray effectively for your family
James 5:16 states, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
You should come to God in humility and respect for him as God. Effectiveness is getting the intended result when your prayer is based on God's word. Fervent is having a passionate intensity for the things that you are praying about. You can create a prayer journal for your family, and this can be done in several ways. You can keep a private journal for yourself, create one the whole family uses or have an individual prayer journal for each member of your family. The prayer journal can be used to jot down the things you need to pray about for your family, the date in which you prayed and the date that you see that your prayers have been answered.
Prayer helps your family communicate with God
Proverbs 15:29 states, “The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”
If you are striving to live a righteous life and have accepted Christ as your lord and savior, God will hear your prayers. When you sincerely pray for family members and strive to do right by your family, your family can keep the love genuine toward each other. Praying often for God to protect and guide your family keeps family members covered against things that would otherwise put them in harm's way.
I hope that this post has given you some useful information on how to make your family bond stronger. Prayer does work!