Psalm 145:1-13, Psalm 128
Reflections of the Heart:
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Heavenly Father, our souls honor thee. You are great and mighty in power. Your understanding is infinite. We love You and extol Your Holy name. Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength. What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? We thank You for thinking of us enough to give us dominion in the earth. Father, we thank You for our relationships. We thank You for our family and for the institution of marriage and parenthood. Lord, we thank You for fulfilling Your plans and purposes in our lives and for surrounding us with favor like a shield. Thank You for continually blessing us with Your loving kindness and tender mercies. Your mercy endures forever.
Father, it is Your will that our families prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. We declare that our families live in peaceful habitations, in safe dwellings and in quiet resting places. We declare that stability, salvation, love, wisdom and knowledge abide in our homes. We confess that our husbands will love their wives as Christ loves the church and our wives respect their husbands. We confess that the husbands of WVUMC are blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, and sober-minded. They are not given to wine, violence, greedy for money, quarrelsome or covetous. We confess that they rule their own houses well. We declare that our children are obedient, for this is right in Your sight. Lord, as a church family, we come against bickering, slander, strife, the spirits of perversion, violence, offense, lies, rebellion, disobedience and cruelty in our families. We break all soul ties, strong holds and generation curses in our blood lines. We confess that no weapon formed against our families will prosper. We confess that everything the devil meant for evil, our God will turn around for our good. We call for a spiritual revival in our families. Father, we will hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering. We confess that Your love will reign supreme in our homes and Your peace is an umpire in our family relationships.
Father, we ask that You give each of our family members one heart and put a new spirit within us. Where there are strained relationships in our families, please turn our hearts back to one another. Give us Your wisdom and let discretion preserve us and understanding keep us from the way of evil. Please unite our families closer together. Holy Spirit, empower married couples to be the priests, prophets, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, providers, protectors and leaders of their homes. Help them to not provoke their children to wrath, but to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Help our single parents to be the priests, prophets, parents, nurturers, providers, protectors, and leaders of their homes. Lord, strengthen and impart Your wisdom into the lives of our single parents. Help them to model a life that is pleasing to You. Holy Spirit, please help our singles to live with all godliness and contentment, which is great gain. For those singles who desire a mate, help them to wait patiently on You. Father, open the lines of communication in our homes, so that there is a good rapport in our families. Please keep our children and youth as the apple of Your eye and let Your favor surround them like a shield. Let peace, love and understanding reside in our families
Father, please forgive our families for sin. Forgive us for all acts of sinfulness, such as bitterness, resentment, adultery, fornication, spousal abuse, child abuse, envy, strife, unkindness, rebellion, deception, doubt, fear, injustice and oppression. Lord, remind us to forgive one another, as well as others and help us to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation; but, deliver us from the evil one.
Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours is the greatness, the power, the victory and the majesty. All that is heaven and earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. In Your hand is power and might. In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. God, You are sovereign and You have dominion and You reign supreme. You are our eternal king. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Scripture References for the written text: Psalm147:5, Psalm 8:2, 4, Psalm 5:12, III John 2, Isaiah 32:18, Ephesians 5:25, 22, Ephesians 6:1, Titus 1:6-8, Isaiah 54:17, Genesis 50:20, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 2:10-12, Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 17:8, Psalm 5:12, Matthew 6:13, I Chronicles 29:10-12
Today, I will trust God to: