Praying in the family

Christians at prayer

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Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-17)

Alice entered the prayer room where two prayer ministers were waiting to serve.

“Good morning, Alice. How can we pray for you?” asked Rita, a member of the prayer team and a very caring woman.

With tears in her eyes, the “My family seems to be falling apart. With the holidays approaching, it is really difficult. Could you please pray for us?”

“Absolutely, we would be happy to.” The three of them joined hands and began to pray.

After the prayer, Steve, the other prayer minister, gave Alice a card.

“This is a prayer card focused on mending relationships. It shows you how you can pray for your family situation.”


Interceding for one another seems to be part of the plan of God. Not only are we to pray for ourselves, but we are to stand in the gap for one another. Life is meant to be shared, even when it is a real challenge.

God is the healer of all things. So if we struggle in any way, whether it be relationally, spiritually, physically, financially or other, God is the one who can and will heal us as we seek him together. The answers to our requests may not look like what we would expect or want, but God has the perfect plan for each of us. We are made to be in community with one another—the body of Christ.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the brothers and sisters in Christ you have given me. There are so many I haven’t met yet, but knowing they are there gives me joy. I pray that I will continue to pray for those who struggle and celebrate with them during the good times. We are family. Amen

Faith Tip: View others as family and share in their journey through prayer.

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