1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 "…may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men…so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus…."
Heavenly father, thank you for giving me an earthly and heavenly family. Increase my gratitude for my wife, my children, my parents, and my siblings. Show me the wisdom of the Godly instruction I have received, and make me a conduit for this wisdom. Give me the discipline to hold my family dearly in my heart and to pray for them without ceasing. Make me rely on your Word to guide me in my roles as husband, father, son, and brother.
Open my eyes and heart to those around me whose earthly family is in crisis. Direct my path in my job, my areas of service, and my community. Open my heart to those who need an adoptive father, son, or brother, and prompt me to do and say things that are encouraging, loving, and pleasing to you. Guard me from judging.
Bless my church family. Shower me, and us, with your grace. Let us be warmth to the cold, abundant hope to those in short supply, a source of living water for those who thirst. Strengthen us to run and not be weary.
Protect my home. Make my family mindful of attacks from the enemy. Build our lives around the mold you reveal in Scripture, and give us courage and strength to reject the values of our culture. Show us where we fall, and give us humility to submit to your will. Make our home a refuge filled with your Spirit and grace.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen