Doing the Dishes | Devotion #1: Praying Together
Justin Dean | Student Director
One of my favorite memories growing up are some of the times spent at the dinner table. There were so many laughs, jokes, and my mom’s amazing food. However, honestly one of the things that drew my family the closest was not my mom’s spaghetti; it was our prayer time together. My mom came up with an amazing idea for our family to pray through the church directory. We would pick a family each night and pray for them by name. There is something about prayer that aligns our focus as people when we do it together. It is one of the major reasons Paul puts a huge emphasis on prayer together in his letters to the church. We see that in Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
As your family goes about their day, they all experience different things throughout the course of that day. As you come back together and seek to unify yourself, prayer refocuses your mind and sets a direction for your family. It ties you together and unifies your desires to grow as a family in a certain direction. Whether it is praying for other families, praying for the current tragedies in our world, or praying for the struggles individuals in your family are going through, prayer strengthens the relationships within your family by growing your relationship to the Creator. That is why we see in Romans 15:5-6, Paul says, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
That is the ultimate goal for your family, right? You desire to live in harmony together so that in the end, your family glorifies God in unity with one voice. Prayer together is a big step that your family can take to begin cultivating unity and focusing on glorifying God. It takes regular practice to implement it into the lives of our families, but the fruit that it will yield is well worth the intentionality it requires. Seek that intentionality through prayer, and the rest will follow.