What to pray for those closest to you?

Those who know me well know that I am a man of routine, and so I must admit that I had a bit of a giggle in Taken 3 (recently released at the Cinemas) when a comment was made in the movie about the character Liam Neeson the actor was portraying, as well as his daughter in this movie. It was said how alike they were, as they were people of routine. I immediately thought: that’s me; I always thought Liam Neeson and I had something in common!

Anyway, part of my routine each week is, on our day off each Friday, to hold Sue’s hand and pray for our immediate family. We pray specifically for Troy, Natalie, Milla, Chilli, Glenn, Scott & Caitlin – and also thank God for the joy that Millie (our dog) brings us. We also pray for our extended families, some of whom are now living in Cairns, including my mum. And we pray for our TGS (The Good Shepherd) family here. In saying this, sometimes I have a bit of a blank as I consider what I specifically should be praying. But eventually it comes to me, after sometimes a lengthy pause.

So, what should one pray for those closest to you – in my case, but just about in all our cases – for those in our own flesh and blood family, and for those in our own spiritual, church family? Well, I stumbled across two verses in the Old Testament last week in my daily Bible reading, and what a good prayer it is, to pray for those closest to you.

It is a prayer that David prayed and includes prayer for God’s people – his own church family you could say – as well as a prayer for his son Solomon.  Here it basically is:

O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever (i.e. willingness, joyfulness and generosity), and keep their hearts loyal to you. And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything that you have prepared in advance for him to do. (1 Chronicles 29:18-19 TIV)

Obviously, first and foremost you would desire for those closest to you to come to the Lord Jesus, but after they come, and as you pray for them, personalising David’s above prayer is a good way to ‘routinely’ pray for them.

Your brother and pastor in Christ

Trev Saggers

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