'Pray much for others; plead for God's mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them.' 1 Timothy 2:1 GWT
We all have different experiences of family. But, the apostle Paul urges us to pray for everyone - and this includes our parents.
Here's what we can pray: 'God, thank you for my parents. Thank you for placing me in this family. Thank you for their provision, and for the things they have taught me. Please give them your wisdom and help them make godly decisions. Show them your purpose for their lives and give them the courage to step into it. Thank you for loving them. Please help them feel your peace, joy and love today. Where they have made mistakes, I pray you would show them how to live differently. And when those mistakes have hurt me, please help me to work through the process of forgiveness. Please bless them. In Jesus' name. Amen.'
If we do struggle with our relationship with our parents, this can be a challenging prayer to pray. But whatever has happened, praying blessing and God's leading over them can pave the way for us to be set free from any pain and heartache we feel. And praying doesn't mean we necessarily trust the person again, or put ourselves in situations where we could get hurt - in fact, it actually provides godly protection over the situation.
If we don't feel like we can pray for our parents today, let's pray blessing for those who have encouraged and supported us through our lives so far - other family members, leaders, teachers and friends.
So what now? If you feel comfortable doing so, pray the prayer in today's reading. Family does matter to God.
Soulfood: Rev 1-4, Mark 14:43-52, Ps 1, Pro 13:1