A Prayer for our Family

As you know, I periodically like to pray Scripture for my family. I think it's the most effective thing I can do for my family!

As I was reading the following passage this morning I remembered some notes I had taken and thought I would share them with you. I hope you can use them too. The notes came from a devotional the teens at church received from summer camp at Northland International University.

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law."

And here are the definitions of the Fruit of the Spirit taken from the camp devotional:
  • Love: selfessly & sacrifically serving one another.
  • Joy: found in a relationship with Jesus; the peace of eternal security, control of divine sovereignty, and the promise of spiritual victory.
  • Peace: well-being & rest of soul that comes from being rightly related to God & others.
  • Longsuffering: showing patience towards others because of God's patience towards us.
  • Gentleness: a gracious, kind, caring attitude towards those around us--even when we are sinned against.
  • Goodness: a spirit of generosity; the Spirit in action.
  • Faith: being faithful; loyal to others because we are loyal to God.
  • Meekness: submitting to God-given authority or God-ordained circumstances. (Involves humble submission & a teachable spirit)
  • Temperance: self-control over inward selfish desires (including areas of personal time, inward thoughts, eating habits, financial planning & our tongue.)
As you can see, we have a lot of things to put into practice with the help of the Spirit! Do you agree that this is an excellent passage to pray for our families? What passages do you pray for your family?


Unknown said...

Becky, I was wondering how I would share this? There are so many who need to know these things>

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