Praying as a family

STUDY 33        
11th Sunday after Trinity        
August 15, 2021
SUB-THEME 5:   Principles for raising godly family (4)
TOPIC: Praying as a family
TEXT: Acts 12:1-16; Eph 6:17-18; Col 4:2; 1Thess 5:17.

AIM: To teach the essence and effect of praying together as a Christian family.

INTRODUCTION: Parents should pray together as a couple and with their children. The importance of a family altar cannot be overemphasized. The truth is that couples should already be praying together before their children arrive, as part of a healthy marriage, (1Sam 1:9-11). When children are born, they are brought into the correct environment. Children ought not to be born in an environment where family prayer is not a normal part of family life. A family’s life in God together should never be underestimated—it is the foundation for a strong family in an ungodly world.

1.    From the text (Acts 12:1-16) what can you say is the essence or reason for a family to pray together? 2Kings 19:17-19; Acts 12:5.
2.    Give reasons why Christian families should continuously keep the bond of prayer. Luke 21:36; Eph 6:11; 1Pet 5:8-9
3.     What are the conditions for effective family prayer?  2Ch 7:14; Isa 58:9; John 14:14.
4.    Why does it appear some prayers in the family are not answered? Isa 59:2; Mic 3:4; Jam 4:3

CONCLUSION: As Christians, we should always remember that families who pray, pull, play together stay together, and shine out as a bright light in a dark and confused world.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The family that prays together wins together.

MEMORY VERSE: Col 4:2 “Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving”.