A. NAME YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS DAILY
“He would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all… thus Job did regularly” (read Job 1:1-5).
The Bible records that Job was a righteous man. It was his practice to bring his family before the Lord in prayer. He was deeply concerned about their relation-ship with God.
This illustrates a key principle of your role as a follower of the Lord Jesus. Each believer has been called to important spiritual responsibilities – whether you are a church leader or not.
One of those responsibilities for every sincere Christian is to pray for those who are close to you – including family, friends, and the brothers and sisters in Christ with whom you fellowship.
SERVANT HEADSHIP THROUGH PRAYER
If, however, you are a husband and father, you have a God-given role as the spiritual head in your family under Christ’s Lordship. This increases your responsibility to pray for your family.
In Ephesians 5:23-28, the husband’s role is compared to Christ’s. Within that passage we read, “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the Church…”.
Christ is both the Head of the Church (v.23) and the Servant of the Church (Matt 20:28). He became the Head of the Church by willingly laying down His life at the Cross; therefore, God raised Him up and exalted Christ as the Head of the Body (Eph 1:22,23; Phil 2:5-11).
Christ served the Church (His Bride – Eph 5:25) by laying down His life; and Christ continues to serve the Church as Her exalted Lord! Let us read of one of the ways Christ now serves His Bride: “Therefore He [Christ] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25); “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Rom 8:34).
Jesus, our great Savior and Lord, is also our great Intercessor! Though part of His intercession includes His role as the once-for-all Mediator between God and Man (1Tim 2:5), He is also our great High Priest (Heb 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-16) Who even now brings the needs of the Church before our loving Heavenly Father.
Christ is the ultimate example to husbands of the servant role that is part of spiritual headship: “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Phil 2:4,5).
The prime exercise for a husband of the servant-headship role is to pray for the members of his family.
PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY
So husbands, you have the spiritual responsibility to pray daily for your wife and family. But every believer should also pray for their family members daily!
You may be single or married; you may have children or not; you may have grandparents living in your home, or even grandchildren. Regardless of the circumstances, each of our living family members needs our prayers. Let’s look at some practical ways this can be accomplished.
- Pray For Your Spouse
Marriage partners are joined in a very significant way. The Bible says we are “one flesh” with our spouse (Gen 2:23,24). Paul affirms the same truth, and uses it also to illustrate the mystery of how Christians are joined to the body of Christ (Eph 5:28-33).