Saturday, November 28, 2009

Family Prayers

They range in age from three to ten. Even adjusting for their age differences, their personalities are forming, in completely different directions. They are individuals, distinct from their parents, just as they are distinct from theirs. My beautiful great-grands.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (Romans 12:4 KJV)

Thus it is with families. There are different gifts, different talents. When the family is seen together, though, the similarities become apparent. We are much as was the church:

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:5 KJV)

We share common memories, yet seen from varied viewpoints, separated by age, interests, education, and others. We are dysfunctional in some ways, but quite capable of productive output, and full of love. We are much as is the church.

For the body is not one member, but many. (1 Corinthians 12:14 KJV)

This is what concerns me about the generations that follow:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV)

Yet I am confident that prayers will make intercession for them:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:26-28 KJV)

Just above these verses, Paul teaches us hope and patience.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:24-25 KJV)

So, I have hope for my family, and I wait. Still, I Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)

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