Last night I had a pretty neat experience. A couple who have recently married and begun their new life together asked me to come and bless their home, something I’ve never been asked to do in almost 14 years of ministry. The short version – we talked about Jesus and prayed over their family’s future. The long version…
They showed me around each room and then we talked for a while about some friends of theirs whom they are praying for over various needs. Then we talked about the importance of dedicating our homes to God as houses of worship. As I prayed, I asked God for certain things to happen in this particular home, and it occurred to me that not only is this a great way to begin a family life together, but that it also reveals certain great principles about being a “Christian home.” Here are some prayer considerations…
- May God bless this family with joy.
- May there be laughter, joy, and fun in this home.
- May this home be a refuge from the world – a safe haven, and a heaven on earth.
- May all who enter here feel the presence of God.
- May this home be a place of safety and security – may God protect it.
- May this home be used for ministry to others.
- May this home be filled with peace as a respite from the world’s turmoil.
- May this home be a house of worship, an altar of prayer, and a place of discipleship.
- May Christ always be the most honored guest.
- May this home reflect God’s ideal for family leadership.
- May this home be a lighthouse in this neighborhood – a witness to the lost all around.
- May this home reflect righteousness in this and the the next generation.
- May all children born here find a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
- May the marriage built here be a reflection of Christ’s love for His bride – His church.
I’m sure there are others – feel free to share your own in the comments. The experience has been a reminder that I’m the prayer leader of my home, responsible for praying for my wife and daughter (and right now, for more children) continually.[ghlslike]