Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took the youth of our church to Olympia, WA for the Franklin Graham prayer rally. It was a special time as we gathered at the capital of the state of Washington in order to pray for our state and country. After the prayer rally we ate lunch together, went to a trampoline park to jump for a couple hours, and then we had dinner together before we drove home.

One thing, I left out. When we all loaded into the church van and started onto the highway towards Olympia that morning, I told our passengers that we would be continuing a tradition that me, my wife, and my boys do whenever we travel somewhere. When we travel to another town (usually to see family) when we get onto the freeway, we take turns praying. We pray for the people that we are going to see, we pray that God would fill us with His love, we pray that we would be a blessing to those that we are going to visit. So, each person in the van (12 in all) took turns praying. Some were very formal, some were short and sweet. It was awesome! I was proud of each of them for praying.

Could you imagine what would happen if every family in Vancouver were to teach their kids to pray, out loud, together. How about if spouses would pray together. Something special happens when families spend time praying together out loud.

You might be saying, “I don’t pray much”, or, “I don’t know how to pray”. The best way to learn is to start. Praying is simply talking to God. Talk to Him like He is your best friend. Share the deep parts and share the shallow parts. Share the light parts and share the dark parts. He already knows it all, but He wants to hear it from you! As you start, make sure you take someone along with you, like your spouse and kids! Everything we do with or without our spouse and kids is teaching them something.

I want to encourage you to teach your family that prayer needs to be a vital part of who we are as followers of Christ!

Have a great week talking with God!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33