どのように家族のために祈るのか

 家族は教会と社会の構成となります。私達は何もせずに、家族が悪魔に滅ばされる事を許すわけにはいきません。

サンバラトはネヘミヤがエルサレムの城壁を建てる事を聞きました。サンバラトは激怒し共謀しネヘミヤに反対し争った。
今日私たちが神聖な家庭を築く事を求めると、敵は止まることなく邪魔をしてきます。私たちの希望というのはネヘミヤの見本に従っていく事のみです。「そこでわれわれは神に祈り、また日夜見張りを置いて彼らに備えた。」(ネヘミヤ4:9)イスラエル人は、片手に城壁を建てるための工具を持ち、他の手には敵と戦うための武器を持って行う事を決断しました。私たちの家族の霊的戦いを勝利へと導くものは隙のないとりなしの祈りのみです。
勇敢さを持ちネヘミヤのアドバイスを実践しましょう。「あなたがたは彼らを恐れてはならない。大いなる恐るべき主を覚え、あなたがたの兄弟、むすこ、娘、妻および家のために戦いなさい。...われわれの神はわれわれのために戦われます。」(ネヘミヤ4:14、20)

夫のために祈る:

1. 家の霊的リーダーであってください。 (申命記6:6-7)父親が役目を果たさないのなら女子供は神の計画を適切に行う事は難しいことです。夫は家族の霊的なかしらとして設計されたものです。夫が霊的リーダーを果たさないと、彼の妻は、不当に強いられていると思い込んでしまいます。夫が家族の模範として家族が従っていくために、神への愛と献身揺らぐ事のない忠実さのために祈ってください。

2. キリストが教会を愛したように、妻を愛しなさい。(エペソ5:25). 愛は感傷的な感情の時ではなく。愛とは、良い時も、悪い時も約束を貫くという事です。キリストが教会を永遠に純粋に愛するような、愛を妻に対して持つ事が出来るように祈ってください。主の薫陶と訓戒とによって、子供たちを育て上げるように(エペソ6:4)父親は、釣り針にどのようにえさを付けるのか、どの様に自動車を運転するのかを教えます。何であっても、子供に主の御前にへりくだり、畏れをもって歩むという素晴らしいレッスンを教える事が出来るのです。教訓とお手本となってクリスチャンの原則を父親が教える事が出来るのです。
妻のために祈る:

1.神を求め、神の言葉を愛し極める。(マタイ6:33)ダイエットが我々の身体的な健康になるのを助けるのと同様に、私たちが読むもの、観るもの、聞くものが私たちの感情、思考、また霊的健康を助けます。妻が聖く純粋な思いを持ち続けみ言葉を愛するように、妻のために祈ってください。

2. Be subject to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:24). Eve was created to be a helper suitable for Adam. Although she was not inferior to him, she was to follow his leadership. Pray that the wife would have a godly respect for her husband.

3. Teach their children to have faith in God (II Timothy 1:5). The mother is a child’s first teacher. She instills many of her values subjectively through her priorities and actions. Pray that the mother’s example of holiness and dedication would transmit her faith in God to her child.

4. Be content and not given to covetousness (Hebrews 13:5). Modern advertising and the values of a new generation have made what once was luxuries now seem necessities. In such an environment it is easy for the wife to want what the family cannot afford and put undue pressure on her husband and family. Pray that she would be thankful for the bounty that God has already provided.
Pray for children to:

1. Become sensitive and responsive to God at an early age (I Samuel 3:1-14). Samuel’s childhood and youth show that children can be sensitive and responsive to God at an early age. Pray that they would keep their hearts attuned to God. Pray that parents would have the wisdom to recognize their children’s sensitivity and guide them.

2. Be obedient to parents (Epesians 6:1). The fifth commandment is the only one with a promise. Pray that the parents would have the wisdom to discipline their children properly (Ephesians 6:4). Pray that the children would receive the discipline as an act of love (Hebrews 12:5-8).

3. Heed their parents’ godly teaching and example (Proverbs 1:8). Although parents are still the greatest influence in a child’s life, school, media, and friends are also sources of influence. Pray that children would be more swayed by the example of their godly parents and the teachings of the Word of God than by peer pressure or worldly environment.

4. Follow Christ’s example and grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Luke wrote that Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph and that He grew mentally (wisdom), physically (stature), spiritually (God), and socially (man). It is God’s will that our children be well-rounded individuals. Pray that they would develop in each of these areas as they grow. Families are the building blocks of society and the church. We cannot afford to sit idly by and allow Satan to destroy our families. We must be vigilant and pray for our families to be protected from evil and to be a place of safety. As Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem, so can we build walls of prayer and faith around our families. We must do it for Jesus’ sake and our own.