09 Oct How to Cover Your Home in Prayer
Your home is a reflection of your heart. As moms, we’re the gatekeepers for our families.
What do I mean by that? As mamas, we’re the ones who allow or deny access into our homes. We decide what toys come in, what movies come in, what attitudes come in.
We set the tone for our homes.
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I was blessed with a mom and dad who covered my life in prayer. Not only behind closed doors but right in front of me. Every morning, I would wake up and walk past my parent’s room to see my mom kneeling by her bed. Then I’d walk to the living room and see my dad praying or reading his Bible.
And not just once or twice, but every day.
That set the standard that I use for my own home and family.
Since I’m the “mama,” I made it my job to cover our home in prayer.
And the truth is that when you decide to cover your home in prayer, it will affect other areas of your life too. Your ministry will be positively impacted if your home is in order. Your mindset will change. Prayer changes everything!
So let’s talk about some practical ways you can cover your home in prayer.
PRAY SCRIPTURES OVER YOUR HOME
Open your Bible and find Scriptures that talk about peace or the home. Here are a couple verses to get you started:
In these verses, Jesus talks about building our homes on the solid foundation of His truth. You can pray for your family and your home to be built on His solid foundation.
Joshua proclaimed to all the people of Israel that his household would serve the Lord. We can do the same. We can pray that our families will choose to serve the Lord.
WALK-THROUGH YOUR HOME AND PRAY
You can walk through your home and pray God’s Word.
I believe God’s Word is true and I believe that God’s Word is powerful. When we pray God’s words back to Him, He hears us.
So when you pray, make the effort to pray God’s words over your family.
Pray for the peace of God’s presence.
Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Pray that the hearts and the minds of your husband and children would be filled with peace and love so that there’s no room of hate or malice.
Pray for God’s provision.
Psalms 84:11, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Pray for salvation for your family.
Nothing is too big or too bad for God to save.
Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Pray that your family would know God through accepting His Son, Jesus.
Pray the Armor of God over each person in your family.
The Armor of God can be found in Ephesians 6:10-18.
It includes the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
I’d also recommend that you work with your kids to memorize these verses! Take one verse per week and give them the tools to stand their ground.
Pray that your family will walk in peace.
Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Living at peace with others is hard work, pray that your family will be able to live at peace with others at school, at work, at church, and in their community.
Pray for humility, gentleness, and unity.
Ephesians 4: 2-3 say, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Isn’t this a great goal for your family?
Start speaking these words over your home and not only are you praying for them, but you’re putting these words in your heart and changing your attitude!
Pray that your home would be used in ministry.
We’re called to use everything we have for God. Including our homes. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.”
Hospitality is a little bit of a lost art in our day.
A few years back, the Lord blessed my family with a beautiful home. It had a large open area that was perfect for get-togethers. And my husband and I decided right then that we would use our home for God’s glory.
We’ve opened our home to bless people, to host church events, and build relationships. Our home is in full-time ministry!
Even if your home is small, it can still be used for God. Pray and ask Him how He wants to use your home for His glory.
Maybe you could invite one newlywed couple over each month to have dinner and mentor them. Maybe you could support a single mom by baby-sitting her children in your home one afternoon a week.
Whatever God puts on your heart, do it!
Pray against evil in your home.
I’m not someone who looks for evil in every corner, but the Bible does say to be aware that the devil is active in this world.
Pray over your doors and windows that no evil will enter your home.
You can pray against malicious talk, fear, pornography, deception, hate, and anger.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Reject every kind of evil.” Pray that your family would follow this verse.
We can be proactive in creating homes that are a peaceful haven for our families, but like everything else, it won’t happen on its own. We need to be intentional about leading our homes and our families with the heart and love of Jesus Christ.
If you want more tools on how to lead your family, check out Mom Faith. This mini-course is filled with video and audio lessons to help you to build a home that is filled with God’s peace.