Prayers For The Family

Family prayer time is a great way to nurture your family’s faith. These prayers will help you get started on making family prayer an integral part of family life.

Prayer for families is the very foundation that keeps a family unit together. It’s important for parents to have their children involved in family prayer because this helps build the children’s relationship with the Lord and also teaches them the importance of prayer. Families that pray together establish trust with one another, learn to pray in a fellowship, and come in agreement

“Don’t give up praying for your unsaved family members.”


A Family Prayer Starter

Give us new eyes, Lord, to see our lives in the light of your love.
Too often our fear, neediness, anger, or hurt fog our vision.
Help us to see your providence in the glory of trees, lakes, and cloudless skies.
Help us to see your generosity in the many gifts we enjoy each day.
Help us to see your wisdom in the rhythm of the days, the weeks, the seasons, and the years.
Help us to see your image in the faces of everyone we meet and to know your goodness in the joy and love we feel for one another. .
We ask you this because we know you love us. Amen


For The Family

O Dear Lord,
I humbly implore you to
grant your special
graces to our family.
May our home be
the shrine of peace,
purity, love, labor and faith.
I beg you, dear Lord,
to protect and bless
all of us, absent and present,
living and dead.
Amen.


Pray that couples will be understanding and honoring.

“Lord God, I pray that as a husband, _________ will give honor to his wife, ________. I ask that he will treat her with understanding as they live together, for though she may be weaker than he is, she is his equal partner in Your gift of new life. May he be reminded that if he doesn’t treat her as he should, his prayers will not be heard. Amen.”


Pray that couples will be loving, unselfish and respectful.

“Lord I pray that as a husband, _________ will love his wife, _________ with the same love that You Christ showed the church, and gave up His life for her. Amen.”

“I pray Lord that _________ will love his wife, ________ as he loves himself, and that _________, his wife, will respect her husband __________. Amen.”

“O God, our God, I pray that ___________ will earnestly search for You; may their whole body long for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I ask that they will follow close behind You; for Your strong right hand holds them securely. Amen.


Prayer for the Family

O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence.

Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.

Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises.

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.

Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.

Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.

Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.

Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.

Our holy Patrons, pray for us before the throne of God.

Yea, bless this house, O God the Father, who hast created us; O God the Son, who hast suffered for us upon the holy Cross, and Thou, O Holy Spirit, who hast sanctified us in holy Baptism. May the one God in three divine Persons preserve our bodies, purify our minds, direct our hearts and bring us all to everlasting life.

Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost! Amen.


Prayer for protection and provision

Father, Thank you for my family. I ask that you bless them with Your favor. Provide for all of their needs. I ask You to protect them from harm and evil. Surround them in the shadow of Your wing. Go before them and prepare the way for them. If any path is crooked, I ask you to make it straight. Protect them from the schemes of the enemy and keep them from deception. Bring Your perfect peace to their hearts. In Jesus name I pray, amen.


Prayer for unity

Father, I thank you for blessing me with my family. I ask you to bring us into unity through You. I ask that anything that is hidden in darkness – to cause disunity – will be brought to light. I ask You to lead us into Your perfect truth and help us to be the family You intend us to be. Lord, help us to be a blessing to one another and to others. Reveal Yourself to us and let us come into agreement with You. Lead us in Your ways. Grant us compassionate hearts, fill us with Your love that does not keep records of wrong, and bring joy to our hearts when we think of one another. Bring Your perfect peace and unity into our family. In Jesus name I pray, amen.


Prayer for Unity

Father, we thank You for Your blessing over our family. Help us to be unified. Help us to speak the same language and share the same vision that You have for us. Lord, guide us and keep us on the right path. I pray that NO weapon formed against my family will prosper. No plot, ploy or scheme from the enemy will divide us or cause dissension in our house. Help us to stand in unity…preferring one another over ourselves and loving You above all else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


A Prayer for Fulfilling God’s Purpose for My Family

Father, thank you for creating our family with a purpose. We know that you have plans for each of us individually and for our family as a whole. Lord, I pray that you would reveal this purpose to each one of us and help us to walk it out daily. Help us to have an appreciation for each other’s personalities, gifts and even our weaknesses. Lord, teach us and guide us in all that we do, that we may glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Catholic Prayers For Family

O dear Jesus,
I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family.
May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith.
I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living
and dead.

***

O Mary,
loving Mother of Jesus,
and our Mother,
pray to Jesus for our family,
for all the families of the world,
to guard the cradle of the newborn,
the schools of the young and their vocations.

***

Blessed Saint Joseph,
holy guardian of Jesus and Mary,
assist us by your prayers
in all the necessities of life.
Ask of Jesus that special grace
which He granted to you,
to watch over our home
at the pillow of the sick and the dying,
so that with Mary and with you,
heaven may find our family unbroken
in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Amen.


Where the Heart Is

Home is where the heart is,
We’ve often heard recited—
So we come to this family altar
To keep our hearts united.

With thanks we come to worship,

We offer up our praise—
We marvel at Your goodness
As mercy renews our days.

We cast our cares upon You,

We bid You, take the lead—
As You fill us with Your presence
To more than meet our needs.

Now, may we serve each other,

As we love and obey You, Lord—
Help us grow in wisdom
To hear and do Your Word.

Let us live to please You,

Giving glory to Your name—
Shining forth a witness
Of Your unending fame.

Lord, You’re where our heart is,

Our treasure beyond compare—
Holding this family together
And answering our earnest prayer.

–Mary Fairchild

An Evening Family Prayer

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
For the love that unites us,
For the peace accorded to us this day,
For the hope with which we expect the morrow;
For the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
That make our lives delightful;
For our friends in all parts of the earth.
Amen.

— Robert Louis Stevenson


Joshua 24:15

Choose today whom you will serve … As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. (NLT)


Give Us, O Lord, a Steadfast Heart

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart,
Which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;
Give us an unconquered heart,
Which no tribulation can wear out;
Give us an upright heart,
Which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,
Understanding to know you,
Diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you,
And a faithfulness that may finally embrace you;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

—Thomas Aquinas


Bless Our Family

All praise to You, Lord Jesus,
Lover of children:
Bless our family,
And help us to lead our children to You.

Give us light and strength,

And courage when our task is difficult.
Let Your Spirit fill us with love and peace,
So that we may help our children to love You.

All glory and praise are Yours, Lord Jesus,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

—Catholic Doors Ministry


Prayer for Godly Friendships

Father, thank You for the family friends that You’ve given us. Lord we are so grateful that You’ve knit us together with other families to do life with. Lord help us to always be reminded of how blessed we are to have them. We pray blessing over these relationships. That no weapon from the enemy could cause division between us. Lord, we ask that You give us more relationships like these. Connect us with like minded families that will sharpen us and bring us to a new level of faith in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Teach Us to Love

O God, perfect us in love,
That we may conquer all selfishness and hatred of others;
Fill our hearts with Thy joy,
And shed abroad in them Thy peace which passeth understanding;
That so those murmurings and disputings
To which we are too prone may be overcome.
Make us long-suffering and gentle,
And thus subdue our hastiness and angry tempers,
And grant that we may bring forth the blessed fruits of the Spirit,
To Thy praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—Reverend Henry Alford (1810-1871)


A Family Prayer of Thanks

We give thanks to you our God,
For the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to you our God,
That through Him we have eternal life.

We thank you for the sun by day
And the stars that light the night,
For the seasons that never fail to change
And that darkness gives way to light.

We thank you, Lord, for daily bread,
And for your mercy and your grace.
We thank you for the air we breathe
And the blessings that come by faith.

We thank you, Lord, for joy and sorrow,
For our tears and for our smiles.
We thank you for family and friends,
And all those you put in our lives.

We thank you for what you have kept us from
And for what you have brought us through,
The danger we couldn’t even see
And the times we didn’t know what to do.

We give you praise, oh Lord, our God
And humbly thank you for everything,
For life, and health, and well being,
And all the good the year will bring.

Amen.

—Lenora McWhorter

How To Pray For Unsaved family members

There are countless verses in the Bible through which you can pray for your family members by name. Here are a few to help guide you in your prayers:

Father God, I know that “no one can come to [Jesus] unless the Father . . . draws them” (John 6:44). I ask that You draw _____________ to Your Son, that he/she may know You personally and spend eternity with You.

Lord God, I ask that You move upon _____________’s heart to accept the Truth of Christ. “Give them a heart to know [You], that [You are] the Lord, [so that] they will be [Your] people, and [You] will be their God,” and may they “return to [You] with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).

Overwhelm _____________ with the reality of Your love for him/her, that he/she may “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Lord, use me to “open _____________’s eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [You]” (Acts 26:18).

Holy Spirit, show me specifically how to minister to each member of my family—whether I should “be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; [or] show mercy, mixed with fear” (Jude 1:23). Reveal opportunities to share about You, and give me the strength to obey when You open the door.

Father God, Your Word says that “godly sorrow brings repentance which leads to salvation and leaves no regret” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Only You can open our eyes to the reality that all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory. Come upon _____________ with a sense of godly sorrow for his/her sin, that he/she may repent, surrender to You, and be saved.

As we pray, God readies our hearts to do His will, while also inviting us to rest in the fact that only He can change hearts.

— Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, Inc.

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