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Praying for Your Family
By Victoria Osteen - Aug 06, 2009
It´s so important to take time to pray, especially for your family—your immediate family, your extended family, and even your church family. Every person in your family has been given to you by God. They may not always act right; they may not always treat you right; they may not say the right things all the time, but we still have the responsibility to lift them up in prayer. Even if the relationship is not where it needs to be, God can use your prayers to turn things around.

I know sometimes family relationships can be the most difficult. There can be pain, hurt, and offense; but when you pray, you are opening the door for God´s healing in your life and in your family relationships. God doesn´t want you to go through life carrying a load of heartache and offense. He doesn´t want us to be prisoners of pain. I talk to so many people who have been hurt by family members—someone walked out on them, a child´s not living the right way, but I want you to know that if you want to be free, you have to begin to pray past the pain. Even if you don´t feel like it, take a step of faith because God sees your obedience to Him. He´ll honor you because you´ve honored His Word.

Remember, God loves you so much today. He wants to restore you. He wants to restore your family. He has a great future for you and your family. There´s nothing too difficult for Him. Stand in faith, keep believing, and keep praying. Don´t give up even if it takes years because God is a faithful God.

I want to encourage you today, when you feel that unction in your heart to pray for a family member, don´t ignore it. Maybe they just came to mind out of the blue. That´s the Holy Spirit prompting you to pray. You never know what may be going on in their life, and your prayer may be the prayer that changes everything both in their life and in yours.
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