4 Prayers for Your Family





Do you like frogs? I’m looking at frogs a little differently these days. I live out in the middle of nowhere. Bugs and critters are apart of everyday life. This year there have been more frogs than usual. On any given night, I can go into my laundry room and see one or two frogs on the window. A couple of times one has gotten into the house. This is not common more like once a year.

The other night our kitchen sink started backing up. We would run the dishwasher and suddenly there would be water filling the sink and would eventually drain. My wonderful husband snapped into action plunging and snaking the drain when my son came running up to me and said that dad found a live frog in the drain. The frog wouldn’t fit through the bars on the drain to come out, so my husband proceeds to take the drain apart to get the frog out only to discover a second frog. Surely at this point the drain is clear. Nope. It is worse. I’m sure you can imagine the thoughts running through our heads. How did they get in there? Is this all of them? What else is in there? I think you get it.

The next day my husband researched other options for clearing the clog. Off to the hardware store for a sure-fire gizmo that goes on a hose. This still didn’t work and the drain is moving even slower. Grrr. My niece had a professional grade roto-rooter device for us to use. This led to a third, yes a third, frog and now the water doesn’t drain at all.

So you are probably thinking this is about frustration, and it certainly could be. But instead, I started to ask God, “Are you trying to tell me something?” I didn’t necessarily hear anything but started thinking about the plague of the frogs from Exodus. This was not comforting. God likes to use symbols. I didn’t know if this meant anything but He finally had my attention.

I started to pray. God is mysterious and we don’t know all of His ways. We do know he hears our prayers. (Check out that blog post if you need reassurance.) Most of my prayers are for something. I pray for healing, for blessings, for revival, for renewal, for restored hearts etc. I forget that we also need to pray against particularly against evil.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Psalm 141:5 NIV.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), and His ears are attentive to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil [to oppose them, to frustrate, and defeat them]. Peter 3 :12 AMP.

I didn’t know exactly what I was to be praying.

So I prayed these 4 things:

  • God’s protection for my family
  • That no evil would come on us
  • That He would keep the enemy away from us
  • That we would always be seeking His will, not ours.

I will probably never know if God was using this to get me to pray against the enemy. Does it matter? What matters is that I sought God and prayed for my family.

What do you pray for your family? What’s missing from this list? Share so that we all can grow in prayer.

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