As the local church I serve dedicates January to personal stewardship, a recommitment to holy habits, we will invite families to read through the book of Proverbs and pray through each room of their home as a practice to claim their home, their family, and all aspects of their lives for the Lord. The new year is a perfect time! It’s standing up and physically proclaiming, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
We prepared a brochure for students to easily carry from room to room as they blessed each space with family-friendly language with these prayers for various rooms.
AT THE FRONT DOOR
Touch the front door, and pray by saying: In Jesus’ holy name, let there be peace in this house and to all who live in it. Bless this house and all who enter it. Amen.
IN THE HALLWAY
Pray by saying: Loving God who sent your own Son to be born in a stable, bless this house and may it always be a place of love and peace. Amen.
IN THE FAMILY ROOM OR LIVING ROOM
Pray by saying: Lord God Almighty, we ask you to bless this room so that those who live together in this house love you Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind. Let us see what is good in each other and live together in goodness and love. Amen.
IN THE DINING ROOM
Pray by saying: Heavenly Father who sent Jesus to share food and drink with his friends, we ask you to bless this dining room so that all meals will be shared with each other in delight and thanksgiving. Amen.
IN THE KITCHEN
Pray by saying: Lord Jesus, who generously serves others with kindness and joy, bless this kitchen and all the work that is done here. Just as you made breakfast on the beach for your friends after you rose from the dead, let us make our meals and clean up with a sweet spirit of helpfulness. Amen.
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM OR UTILITY ROOM
Pray by saying: Heavenly God, just as you feed and clothe the birds of the sky and the flowers in the fields, let us put on clothes of helpfulness, compassion, clean talk, and respect each other. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Amen.
1 Peter 5:5
IN THE BATHROOM
Pray by saying: Creator God, bless this bathroom so that everyone in this house may be pure and clean both outside and inside. Amen.
IN THE BACKYARD
Pray by saying: Lord, from the very beginning You have been like a home to us where we feel safe and loved. Before you created the mountains, from the beginning to the end of time, you are God. Bless this backyard that it would be full of life and beauty. Let everyone who lives here always care for Your earth and do all we can to take good care of Your creation. Amen.
IN THE GARAGE
Pray by saying: Thank you for the blessings of cars, trucks, vans, and all the ways we have to get to and from our home. May the Lord keep us kind, wise, safe, and patient as we go out and come back home. Amen.
IN THE BEDROOMS
Pray by saying: It is the Lord who makes us sleep in safety even though He never sleeps or naps. Lord God bless the one(s) who sleep here. Protect us from all evil and temptation so we will be ready to serve you every day. Amen.
FINISH IN THE AREA THAT IS FAMILY CENTRAL
Pray by saying: Most gracious Father, this is our home; let Your peace rest upon it. Let love live here, love for one another, love for others, love for life itself, and love for You God. Let us remember that just as many hands built this house, so many hearts make a home. Amen.
Praying through our home is a holy habit we practiced when we moved into a new home, at the beginning of each new year, and whenever prompted by circumstances. Teaching children to pray for their homes and each other is a holy habit that can carry through life and an amazing offensive weapon against family strife, contention, and even the occasional contrariness.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
Dianne Hylton said:
Love this! Thanks for wisdom in the words! Starting the new year with God watching over us.
DeDe Bull Reilly said:
Yes, indeed! Happy New Year, dear friend.
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