The family is the pivot point of culture. When the family is strong our culture is strong. When the family breaks down so does our culture. From the moment God breathed the words, “It is not good for man to be alone”, the family has been at the center of a strong culture. Families have always been under attack and today is no different. In the just the first 12 chapters of the FIRST book of the Bible we see
The family faces those and many more struggles today. What’s a family to do? How can we save our family? 3 actions can can put you on the offensive.
Pin-point your prayers as a family
These prayers have clarity, direction, and focus. These prayers honor God and are the kind we need to be praying. Pinpoint prayers are deeply rooted in God’s Word. They have authority because they flow right out of what God has already told us he is willing to do. There’s no guesswork in pinpoint praying. As a parent, you just take the world’s greatest prayer script (the Bible) and use it as your guide for what and how you pray for your kids. There’s nothing vague about pinpoint prayers. They’re typically short, direct, and to the point. Consider Jesus’s petitions in the Lord’s Prayer. His requests for God’s name to be glorified and for God’s provision, protection, and forgiveness are all very specific and focused. There’s nothing broad or uncertain about them. Pinpoint praying requires you to think through what you want God to do, build the case for it biblically, and then say it in the most precise and deliberate way possible to God. No flowery language, no King James English, and no long or theologically loaded phrases are required with pinpoint prayers. Part of their power lies in their directness. Pinpoint prayers don’t mess around. They don’t dance around an issue, hoping that God will get the hint and come through with a miracle without us really having to ask for one. Pinpoint prayers walk right up to God’s throne and plead for his best, for his kingdom, and for his favor in our lives and the lives of our children. This is not weak-willed praying. Can you think of any area where boldness, courage, and faith are more appropriate than in prayers for your family?
Prioritize your needs as a family
Our calendars can be our dictator. We run from event to event and are exhausted by the end of the week. One reason families are not making it to church is exhaustion. There is a sense of need for being together, having a slower morning, or just sleeping! Of course, that is not to mention the event schedule that happens later! In an tempt to provide for our families, especially the kids, opportunities we never had, we are going to extremes. Focus on what is truly important more than the urgent screams of your calendar. Items like shelter, nutrition and protection rank at the top and are hardly worth mentioning. Did you know that the amount of sleep of child needs actually increases as they hit adolescence? Your JH or HS child actually needs close to the same amount of sleep that a toddler needs. Unfortunately, during these years we are too busy to worry about sleep! Yet one thing looms but goes unnoticed. The spiritual development of the family is crucial to tackling the issues of our day. If we are not grounded in solid Bible study, spiritual challenge, and accountability families run an extreme risk of breakage during the trying times.
Present the Gospel through your family
We have been called to be salt and light. This works as a family also! You may have distinct concern for your kids to know God and trust in Jesus. Did you know that there is more to do? Salvation comes by faith alone. But our mission to reach others too. We have been crafted by God for good works. Living out your mission as a person and as a family unit makes the difference. God, who is already at work, invites your family to join in this work to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s love and grace propels us to such destiny.
May we leverage our lives and families for God’s glory through prayer, priorities, and presentation. Live on mission where you are right now. Intersect the culture with the Gospel!