Heavenly Father, I pray that the light of Your countenance may shine into the lives of each member of my family, and that together we may draw ever closer to each other and to You, as side by side we work to overcome the challenges and difficulties that are part of every day living, and which can so often rise up as a barrier and hindrance in our relationship with each other and with You. Strengthen I pray, that relational bonds that bind us together, and fill each one of us with the love of Jesus, for it is only as we draw closer to You in godly love that we will be equipped by Your Holy Spirit to reach out to each other in the spirit of unity.
Lord, it was by Your decision and will that we were born into this family, and although it is often said that we may choose our friends but not our family, nevertheless Lord, You were the one that chose us to be a part of this family unit, and You desire that each one of us are also a member of the wider body of Christ Jesus our Lord. Bind us together in love I pray, and forgive us all for the ways that we have not honoured Your name in our home as You deserve.
Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave each of us. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God shine in our hearts, from this day forward and for evermore. In Jesus' name I pray,