Does it feel like your family is under spiritual attack as the world grows darker? I feel that way too. In this post, you’ll see how you can pray Scripture over your family and find 40 Scripture promises from the word of God you can pray over your family.
“Must be rough up there,” junior officer Wood said as he nodded towards the mountain.
A man known as “Wabbit” grunted in response, tucked the ensign flag under his arm, and ran for all he was worth. With everything in him, Wabbit forced his exhausted limbs to complete his mission: to take that flag to the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
What followed next was one of the most famous and moving photographs in history – that of six soldiers… boys, really… raising the American flag on top of that hill. Perhaps you’ve seen it. The planting of the flag on the highest spot demonstrated the dogged determination and unwavering courage of the young men who fought for victory.
Praying the promises contained in God’s word is like that.
Praying the promises contained in God’s word is staking a flag and marking your spiritual territory, whether it’s over your own life, the lives of your loved ones, or your nation. When God’s word invites us to give our “amen” to the promises of God (II Corinthians 1:20), it’s an invitation to raise the banner of Christ over yourself and others and claim the victory provided in Christ. This is a deliberate choice to keep inching forward, even if it’s on your belly. It’s a call to practice getting back up, even when it feels impossible. It’s taking territory inch after hard-won inch for the kingdom of God.
And it’s defying the enemy’s taunts even when we are impossibly outmatched.
Armed with promises, you CAN plant that flag deep over enemy territory while saying, “You come at me with sword, spear, and all the rage of hell itself… but I come at you in the name of the Lord my God. Because of the Victory of Christ and on the authority of His word, you can’t have this ground.”
That’s what I call promise praying.
Will You Raise the Flag?
In just a few years, today’s kids will be our policy makers, leaders, teachers, and moms; our missionaries, business owners, and soldiers. They will be our influencers.
And our enemy, the devil, knows this. That’s why he has launched an all out assault on our children and families. He is out to steal, kill, and destroy, and by the looks of it, he’s doing a pretty good job.
Yet we as believers, men and women the globe over, can stake claims over the lives of the next generation and do warfare on our knees. Lest that sounds daunting, let me remind you of James 5:16-18, which says,
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain…Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
This passage reminds us of 3 simple things:
- Elijah was an individual person. A single individual can make a significant, powerful, and lasting impact. Never underestimate the difference YOU can make through prayer. Even if your spouse doesn’t join you. Even if your extended family won’t. Even if your church won’t. Even if everyone else thinks you’re too radical or outdated.
- Elijah was an imperfect person. He was “just like us.” You and I need not be “spiritual giants” to have a powerful and effective prayer life. God chooses the weak things of the world to confound the strong. He doesn’t require us to be perfect people, just praying ones. Praise God!
- Elijah was a praying person. What Scripture does NOT call attention to about Elijah is just as important as what it DOES. James doesn’t mention Elijah’s family history, beliefs about the hot topic of his day, or any number of other interesting facts. It draws attention to the fact that Elijah took his responsibility and opportunity to pray seriously. The question is, will WE?
Our Mother’s Legacy Journal is a resource for you to get your prayer ON. You are officially invited to discover the power of prayer and what happens when you deliberately stake out the promises of God over your family.
Psst…As a career missionary and owner of arabahjoy.com, I’ve had the humble privilege of seeing tens of thousands of others pray the promises of God using our prayer resources over the last decade. These men and women have seen their flags planted, the Kingdom of God advanced, and God-sized victories come about in their lives and communities. I have seen and heard of transformation after transformation as a result of promise praying. I can say with confidence that God still keeps His word!
We desperately need to see His Kingdom come and His will be done all over this earth, in every nook and cranny. So, my friend, let’s start asking.
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