Create a prayer strategy
for your relationships
Have you put together your prayer strategy for your hurts? I hope so! This week we are moving on to the last Prayer Strategy, number ten, your relationships! If you’re just joining us, come on in! We’re working through the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you want to purchase the book you can do so through this affiliate link by clicking here.
How would you define a relationship?
According to the dictionary, a relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected. It is also the way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other. We all have a variety of relationships in our life….spouse, parents, siblings, children, coworkers, friends, etc. So as you can imagine, praying for those relationships is very important.
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We live in a fallen world
There is chaos and destruction happening in every direction you look. Disagreements tend to escalate quickly as people flock to social media to give their own two cents. As Priscilla mentions in the book, ” We must stand against all forms of disharmony in our relationships and battle for oneness among ourselves and all of God’s people. We owe it to the Lord, and we owe it to one another. The gospel we share in common is meant to continue to be shared together, both the giving and receiving of grace, inspiring each of us to pure living and spiritual fervency so the gospel can shine outward to others through our loving, enriching relationships.”
Apart from God, we are bound to chaos and disunity.
When there is unity among us, when we are all fighting the same fight, we are a force to be reckoned with, and the enemy knows it. Because of that, he is constantly trying to create chaos, cause conflict, and hinder relationships. He knows that if he can split the body of Christ apart, that he can cause chaos, confusion, and misunderstanding amongst us, hindering our relationships with God. Romans 5:1 (ESV) says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Priscilla said in the book that if we are not praying for oneness – seriously, specifically, strategically – we’re leaving our hopes for togetherness to the fickle weather patterns of emotion, misunderstanding, and imposed pressure from outside sources and circumstances. God wants us to live in peace; God is peace.
“Whatever lack of peace you or I might feel with God, and whenever we might feel it, it’s always coming from a source that is NOT God because He has already blown down every door that keeps us from experiencing total peace with Him. ”– Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
Relationships don’t come easy; regardless of the type of relationship that comes to mind for you. Whatever it is, it takes hard work to keep a family united, make a marriage work, make a friendship last, and make a church flourish. But more than hard work, it takes fervent prayer. We need to commit to praying for unity, peace, understanding, love, grace, and forgiveness for one another.
Keeping God at the center
When my husband and I were engaged, we took a marriage 101 class through our church. We learned a key concept in creating a healthy marriage, and that was to keep God at the center. To give you a little word picture here, our marriage should resemble a triangle, with God at the top, and the two of us on either side, always working to grow closer to God. As we grow closer to God and move up the sides of the triangle, we in turn grow closer together. Isn’t that good? I think that’s a pretty good way to look at all relationships in our lives.
Create your prayer strategy
Are you ready to pray fervently and create a prayer strategy for peace in your relationships? To get started, here are some scriptures you might consider adding to your prayer strategy! If you’re following along in the book you can find these scriptures, plus more, on pages 179-181.
- We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. Eph. 4:14
- Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:18
- Let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this – not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Romans 14:13
- Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Go ahead and grab your Heartfelt Prayers Journal and craft your prayer strategy for your relationships. Remember, if you don’t have a journal, you can download this Prayer Journal that I created specifically for this study and use it throughout the series!
I’m sharing my own prayers with you to use as inspiration while you work write your own. Following, is the prayer strategy I wrote in my war binder, for my hurts.
I’m praying for you as you work to craft a prayer for peace in your relationships! I’ll be looking into options for our next book/bible study in January! If you have one you would love to work through, please let me know! Wishing each of you a wonderful Christmas!
Rooted in the love of Jesus,