Loving Lord, You have placed us all in families and have, by Your own authority, established Your own statutes and laws. Thank You for placing us all in families and for my own family, in particular.
Thank You for the clarity with which You have taught us in Your Word, how the family that is seeking to do Your will behaves, and the role that each of us holds within our own special family unit.
Thank You Lord, that You are our Father and have authorised the man of the home to take the place of authority, as the head of the family, just as You Yourself are the Head of the family of God. May the men who are in this responsible, role behave in a manner that is pleasing to You, by treating their wives with love and respect and their children with loving discipline and wise counsel. May they each become men after Your own heart as they assume their God-given role in their own homes.
May wives be gentle and gracious and willing to act in the crucial role of helper that You, Yourself have graciously placed them. May they reflect the great love that Christ had for the Father and the sweet gentleness of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus demonstrated in His own life, by submitting graciously to the Father’s will and desiring to do only those things that are pleasing to Him. Give wives wisdom, and may they grow in grace more and more, as they walk in the steps of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ, Who was so full grace and truth.
Thank You for the heritage and gift of children, who are a gift from God, a gift that has been lent from the Lord. May these children respect their parents and recognise the privilege they have in being part of a godly family unit.
Loving Lord, thank You for my dear family. Into Your hands I commit my family. In Jesus' name,