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Obedience and Humility in Our Families

by , | Mar 10, 2024 | 40 Days of Prayer (2024)

Obedience and Humility in Our Families

Joshua 24:15

At the end of Moses’s life, God chose Joshua to be his successor to lead Israel. Under Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites saw God’s faithful hand move in amazing ways as they swept through the land God promised to them. The book of Joshua is filled with these stories: the toppling of Jericho (ch. 6), God holding back the Jordan River so Israel could cross (ch. 4), and God holding the sun still (ch. 10) are just some of them.

Even after witnessing God’s awesome provision time and time again, the Israelites were tempted to be like the other nations around them; to worship the same gods, eat the same food, perform the same sacrifices. Multiple times, Joshua warned the people against adopting the customs of their neighbors, we might say “living as the world does”. Instead, he encouraged them to remember what God has done for them, and to live the way he called them to: as a people set apart for God.

Notice how Joshua’s commitment to serve the Lord includes his whole household! As you think about your family this week, as small or extended as it may be, consider how serving the Lord as a family can start by loving and serving each other as the Lord loves us. Humble service begins with considering others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3) and this can be so hard with family, where we can experience great joy or great pain because of those closest to us. Loving family can be so hard! So we absolutely must begin by asking for the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to love, to forgive, to be thankful, to resist pride; to live less like world does and more like Jesus.

Remember this week the many ways that you have experienced God’s faithfulness and provision. Remember them in your heart, or out loud with your family. Relive the stories of God’s grace. And remember them as you choose each morning whom you will serve.

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

Sunday, 3/11, Prayer Prompt:

In Joshua 4, God used a mighty wind to hold back the Jordan River so that Israel could cross on dry land. Joshua commanded each tribe to bring a large stone from the middle of the river and set up all 12 on the other side as a monument to God’s faithfulness to them. 

Today, pray that God to help you remember what he has done for you or your family. May that remembrance lead to thankfulness and that thankfulness spill over in service to those around us. Pray that the Holy Spirit would help you see opportunities to serve your family or even with your family this week. Record your experiences of God’s work on a notepad, an app, or something physical that can serve as a reminder of his goodness

Monday, 3/12, Prayer Prompt:

Today, consider the command to “choose this day who you will serve”. Pray for God to keep your eyes on him and to resist the temptation to pursue the things of this earth. They are not what is most worthy of our devotion and commitment. Lent is a good season for pruning back our overgrown loves to focus our attention and our intention on the one who loved us first.

Tuesday, 3/13, Prayer Prompt:

As you remember God’s faithfulness today, consider his forgiveness. “When we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). It can be hard to love and serve someone when we are holding something against them in our hearts. This can be especially true in our families. Let your prayer be for the Holy Spirit to empower you to forgive others as Christ forgave you so that we can serve with a pure heart.

Wednesday, 3/14, Prayer Prompt:

To serve Jesus as Lord means letting him direct you. But we must take time in the Bible and in prayer to hear what he is saying! God has said and revealed so much about himself and about us already in scripture. Pick a passage to read in your Bible and pray a short prayer of thankfulness. Ask that God would align your will with his will so that you can serve him well. You might even want to spend some of your prayer time in silence, listening and waiting on the Lord.

Thursday, 3/15, Prayer Prompt:

This may be a day that you can get together with a family member or close friend to pray for each other in-person or over the phone. If so, consider how you can bless each other and share deep fellowship in a time of prayer. Alternatively, pray for a family member that you know isn’t walking with Jesus and pray that they would come to know him. Your witness of Jesus, in words or action, may have a profound impact. Consider praying for courage, openness, or opportunity to talk with them about Jesus.

Friday, 3/16, Prayer Prompt:

We are privileged, in prayer, to be able to intercede—to pray for others. Many people have been blessed by of somebody else’s prayers! Set aside time today to pray specifically for your family members (some or all!). Consider their needs and their strengths as you pray prayers of blessing, healing, thankfulness, growth, and God meeting their needs (he gives us our daily bread! (Psalm 23)).

Saturday, 3/17, Prayer Prompt:

Pray a prayer of thankful remembrance as you reflect on how you’ve experienced God’s faithfulness this week. If you made any physical reminders of what you saw God do throughout the week, consider placing them in a place where you can easily see it and remember his goodness as we continue the Lenten season.

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

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