Christian Family

SUSTAINING A GODLY HOME (III)

Dear Reader,

Peace and blessings in the precious name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I welcome you to another interesting edition of these teaching series. Last week, I consider: The Force of Wisdom in sustaining a godly home.

I said in the first week that a godly home is not just a family where everyone is a Christian; but much more, a Christ-like home. That is the home run by the principles of Jesus, a home run according to the demands of scriptures; which represent God’s mind, ways and styles. But, the man and the woman individually have important responsibilities to carry out to see the home sustained.

Last week I taught on the force of wisdom and I said wisdom is the builder and sustainer of the home. It’s, in fact, the master builder. According to Paul, he says: The grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (1Corinthians 3:10). This week, I will be teaching the Force of Prayer in sustaining your home.

Prayer is a very vital tool in the home.  As a married man or woman, you have a higher level of unity with your spouse than any two friends can ever have. Your union is recognised and sanctioned by God, so when you offer prayers to God on any issue at all, He honours your request. The Word of God says: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19). The key word in the verse quoted above is “agree”. When a man and his wife agree, tremendous power is released for the accomplishment of their desires. But if they do not agree, their prayers are hindered. The Word of God says: …that your prayers be not hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

So, one of the reasons the enemy puts disagreement between couples is so that he can rob them of this prayer advantage. The Word of God says”And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). God, your spouse and you form a three-fold cord that is not quickly broken. So, as you co-operate with God to establish His purpose for marriage in your home, He honours your family, by ensuring that whatever you desire concerning your home and children is established. Prayer can also bring that change you have long awaited in your home. Elisha was an ordinary human being like us, but with prayer, he was able to change the climate conditions of a nation as and when desired. Maybe you have been going through a season of drought and dryness in your home, earnest, heartfelt prayers can change it to a season of refreshing, fruitfulness and plenty. Your prayers can bring changes to the lives of your spouse and children because the Bible says: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy (1 Corinthians 7:14).

Look at this sister’s testimony: “When we were preparing for the Women’s Convention, I prayed to God and told Him I wanted my own family renewed. My husband was not saved then, and I did not want to be called the wife of an unbeliever again. So, I told God that, and He did a great thing in my life. God changed my husband! During one of the all-night prayer meetings, my husband decided to go with me to the church. He gave his life to Christ that day, and has now stopped smoking! He is a brand new person! – Efemuaye, L.

The physical world can be controlled in the spirit realm. Prayer changes and also keeps things. So, whatever is the situation in your home pray to God about it, He will definitely settle you and sustain your home. Why not take advantage of this powerful weapon of prayer? You will see every unpleasant situation in your home turn around for good. God is on your side!

Prayer is communicating with God and you can’t have access to Him except you accept Him as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are yet to do that, you can say this simple prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today, Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom. Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204. For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstoresBuilding a Successful Home, Making Marriage Work, Marriage Covenant and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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