21 Days of Prayer
Day 10: Our Families and Our Fellowship
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)
We need one another.
God did not create us to be isolated from others, rather in our creation He placed an inner need in each of us for family, friends, and for family of believers as well. We often forget this and think that as long as we have entertainment, books, diversions, livelihoods, money, etc., that we are complete. But even a Christian who knows Christ personally still needs other people.
The first God-ordained institution of human society is the married couple and their family. In the wisdom of God, the first institution was not the schools, not the government, not the civic club or political party, not even the church. It was the family.
It is still to be that way today. A long observed truism is: “As goes marriage so goes society.” God planned for every child to have both a mother and a father who loved each other and their children. It is a commitment that our church has made to help our families, to help marriages, and to strengthen them.
The church of Jesus Christ is also a family – “God’s household” (1 Tim. 3:15) – and we need to appreciate one another as brothers and sisters. The Christian family needs to love each other, spend time together, develop meaningful relationships, and celebrate the new members that God brings to us.
Just as a human family celebrates both the elderly and the newly born, so the church family celebrates all people. Most often this closeness is celebrated in our small groups ministry, but there can be other relationships develop as well – some quite spontaneous. There we experience love, friendship, encouragement, and personal sharing.
• Pray for marriages in your church – the good to be better and the troubled ones to be healed
• Pray for families and for children in the families
• Pray for the broken families in your church – the children especially need support and encouragement
• Pray for the fellowship of your church, for oneness, closeness, and love
• Pray for divinely enriched friendships among the people
• Pray that the people may encourage one another