Prayer for Peaceful Family Time During the Holidays


Got a tad bit anxiety about your family having a peaceful time during the holidays? No worries. We've got you covered. In fact, here's how you can cover your family time in prayer during the Christmas season.

Picture this:
You're looking forward to your family getting together for the holidays. There's not one hint of anxiety that rises up within you. Not a trace of angst. There's no fear in your bones. You know God is going to overshadow your family time with his peace. Your heart starts to get excited and do a little happy dance! You walk into a conflict-free environment.

Every room is filled with love. Real love. Not sentimental gush or garbage. Your family holiday time is filled with genuine sweet expressions of kindness. Even those who don't normally ooze with sweetness will be dripping with supernatural goodness. Goodness toward you and goodness toward other family members this year.

Scripture This:
Philippians 1: 9-11 MSG, “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.”

Isaiah 32:18 NLT, “My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.”

1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8 CEV, “Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!”

Pray This:
God, thank you for this Christmas season and what it means to us. I ask you to help each member of my family to flourish with love this holiday season. Let this be the most incredible time we have ever had together.

Help us to not only love much but also well. Show us how to love each other appropriately. I pray we will treat each other with sincere love that is intelligent. And that we will behave in a way that makes Jesus attractive to all members of our family. Even bringing them to know you as their savior if they don't all ready.

Give us patience with each other when we rub each other the wrong way. And to have mercy when we blow it with one another. Enable us to each have the ability to overlook spiteful words when we say something we shouldn't. God help us to release hurts from the past and hurts that may touch us in the future.  Remind us that we are dealing with humans who are imperfect and sometimes do not know how to love each other perfectly.

Give us the ability to love each other the way 1 Corinthians 13 shows us to love. Thank you Lord that there will be safety in our home this Christmas. I am grateful that we will be at rest. And have a wonderful fun-filled family time this holiday season.

Say This: 
I declare that each member of our family treat each other with genuine love, respect, and kindness. There will no trace of conflict, unforgiveness, pride, jealousy, or anger when we are together. Everyone will be able to put their differences aside and love on each other in a genuine way.

I make a decision to be patient and kind, never jealous. I will not be boastful, proud, or rude. I will not be selfish or quick tempered. I won't keep a record or wrongs that my family members do. I will rejoice in the truth, not in evil. My love for them will be supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.

My love for each member of my family will not fail. I will love them unconditionally and they will do the same for each other and me. This will be the best holiday season we have ever experienced together celebrating the love of the Father and the birth of His son, Jesus.

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Here's a flash from the past - the top 7 posts of the year according to my readers. Find something you may have missed that might be just what you need today. Enjoy. Or hey,  re-enjoy!!

  1. How You Might Be Reversing the Prayers You've Been Praying in Faith - Have you ever found yourself saying the exact opposite of what you have been praying? Whoa Nelly! How can that be? Let me show you how negative statements can reverse the prayers you have been pleading to have answered. Read here.
  2. Why Prayers Without Emotion are Just as Powerful - Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?  Click here and let me ease that feeling for you.
  3. 3 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray on the Fly - Fear. If it's got its grip on you, pray these quick prayers to loosen it. Pray them every time you are faced with a fear or concern over your life or a situation. Watch as God comes to your rescue and fear melts away. Get started with this…
  4. The Biggest Thing That Kills Your Prayers and How to Get Rid of It Immediately - You've probably killed some of your prayers over your lifetime. I know I have! So what's the biggest thing that kills your prayers & how are you supposed to get rid of it?  Here's the answer.
  5. 5 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around with Prayer - We all have enemies, right? The Bible warns, “Beware when all men speak well of you!” No matter how loving and friendly you are - you'll always have an enemy just because you live and breathe. Here's how you can fix em!
  6. Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need? - Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without you pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart…click here.
  7. 3 Reasons Praying Out-loud Gets the Enemy Off Your Back- Do most of your prayers take place inside your head? If you're like me, I have a running conversation with God all day long and a lot of it takes place inside my mind via my thoughts. And while that's good, there are reasons why praying out loud will get the enemy off your back. Let me show you why this is so powerful. Find out  here.

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5 Ways You Can Slap Your Enemies Around With Prayer

 

We all have enemies, right? The Bible warns, “Beware when all men speak well of you!” No matter how loving and friendly you are - you'll always have an enemy just because you live and breathe. I hate to burst your bubble but Satan, well, he just hates you - just cause you're you! And more so, if you have dedicated your life to Christ. That's just the way it is. Let me show you 4 ways you can slap your enemies around with prayer.

1. Recognize your enemy isn't really the person you think he is.

It's not Bob or Jessica that did you wrong. It's not Gabe or Melinda who is spreading rumors and making crude remarks about you. Oh, yes, it's them in the flesh, but you have to look to the being behind their flesh. The devil.

He's the one who puts ideas in people's minds to do you wrong. He's the one who causes selfish desires to rise up in their flesh. So when someone tries to take you down remember, it’s not them, it’s the devil who’s behind them.

Recognize the source.

This person is just a jerk who needs God's help to be a better person. So what can you do? Once you recognize the dark spirit behind the person, forgive them.

They know not what they do. I know that's hard to swallow. They should be smarter than that. They should know what they have done to you. Or maybe they do and they just don't care. Or maybe they know exactly what they have done to you and they meant it.

Either way, recognize the what's behind their behavior. They need God. You can pray they get a big dose of him. Which leads me to the second thing you can do for your critics. Pray for them.

2. Pray for your enemy

Why? Because you were told to. Not by me. I'm just reminding you what Jesus said to do in the Bible. Here's what a couple of scriptures have to say about it:

Matthew 5:44 says, But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. ...If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?

Romans 12:14 says: Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Man, I wish those verses weren't in the Bible. But they are - and for good reason. Pray for those who mistreat you and it will end up sweetening your deal. How, because you will be helping them turn over a new leaf. Why the heck should you care? Cause deep down inside, you really do want to make a difference in people's lives, don't ya?

Here's your chance! Oh yeah, and here’s why it’s a deal sweetener for you -- what goes around comes around. You will be reaping what you sow. So on that topic - if you've ever been a jerk to someone else, they just might end up praying for you too! Win-win!

3. Forgive your enemy.

Why forgive them when they don't deserve it? Because you don't deserve it either. Huh? Yeah, you might want to read that again. You don't deserve to be forgiven either. But you are. Jesus forgave you and your crud even before you said yes to him (Romans 3:10). So do the same for your enemy. It will end up setting you free.

If you think you’re sticking it to them by not forgiving them, you’re only sticking it to yourself. Unforgiveness is one of the top reasons people fall into depression, stress related disease, and a whole bunch of other ailments. So don't waste your time holding a grudge. It only hurts you.

Ephesisans 4:32 says, ...be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

If you’re having a tough time forgiving, then pray and ask God to help you forgive. He will!

4. Love them.

I know this is the craziest idea of all right?! And the toughest. What you really want to do is get back at them. But, be the bigger person. Be the lover and you will win. Love conquers all.

John 13:34, 35 says, So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

If it's hard to love them up close then love them from a distance. You will be amazed how love can melt their heart of stone and turn them around. If you can love them you may soon enough find them in your corner. Cause that’s just how love works!

5. Instead of Slapping Them, Let God Slap a Blessing on You!

I Peter 3:9 says, Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Did someone say blessing? Blessed when I'm messed with? Yep. It's coming if you handle it right.

I Peter 3:12 says, The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.

Nice motivation, huh?

I Peter 3:16 says, Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

I know you're not keen on suffering, but keep the end in mind. Let God slap a blessing on you.

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