"It is my view that our society can be no more stable than the foundation of individual family units upon which it rests. Our government, our institutions, our schools...indeed, our way of life are dependent on healthy marriages and loyalty to the vulnerable little children around our feet." That was a quote from Dr. James Dobson who started the Focus on the Family ministry in 1977. For almost four decades he relentlessly supported the health and wellness of the family unit. Unity within the home is of utmost importance in the society in which we live. One of the greatest weapons Satan has against the church is the vulnerability of families. If he can break down the family - the church doesn't stand a chance.
Bible Scripture: Psalms 133:1 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Faith Application: Commit to praying every day this week and fasting one day a week. Pray when you want. Remember, you may not pray an hour a day but don't let an hour go by without communicating with God. On your fast day, fast whatever you feel, but let it be a sacrifice; let it be from the heart. Fast something that has become an idol in your life and takes up your time and your energy in place of moments with God. This week, as you're fasting, lift up your immediate family in prayer asking that God minister to and bless each and every member of your home and give them a divine revelation of His saving grace.
Prayer Focus: This week, pray that God ministers to the needs of our Faith Temple families. We pray our families are united and at peace within the walls of their homes. We pray that parents can be Christian examples to their children. We pray that members of the home can lift each other up in prayer when the enemy attacks. We pray that husbands and wives develop deeper relationships with each other and that those that are alone are drawn to the partner and the place that You have for them. We pray blessings over each and every family and each and every home. Cover them with your provision, protection, and everlasting love.
Family Activity: Our family activity this week is tw0-fold. First, read this excellently written blog concerning praying over and anointing the home. After you've read the article consider if this is something you would like to do to change the spiritual atmosphere around your home. Secondly, we want to pray over our family members. One of the hardest things to do is pray aloud and openly in front of a loved one... so let's dive into the deep end. The idea is to have everyone in the household choose one other person to pray over for the duration of the week. By the end of the week though, we challenge you to take that one that you've been praying for in silence, and stand before them, opening your heart, and speaking a prayer over their life. Also consider having some "family prayer" time where you come together, praying for each other's needs openly. Just as Satan can attack the church by using the family - families can fight back by uniting in prayer! What a powerful resource!!!