When People Pray: August (Second Ed.)

God’s Glory on Families

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14, ESV)

Glory is the opposite of shame. When the Lord visits a people with glory, He takes away their reproach. You will all agree with me that all families across the world need a share of glory.


Why do we need the glory?


Many families are battling poverty, diseases, curses, stigmas—so many things have bowed the heads of members of different families. Even the wealthy have their stories to tell. There is a saying in Nigeria that, “every lizard lies on its belly, but, you cannot tell which has stomach aches”. Meaning that not everyone will come out to say what his family is going through.

Some children have to watch their parents fight. There are cases of divorce and broken homes. Worse cases are those involving rape, incest, and other terrible acts, within the family.

Homes are meant to be places of solace for the people in them but then for some, this is not the case.

We have even heard of fathers or brothers who sacrifice members of their kins for ritual.

Different kinds of abominable acts are not common, here and there.


What does God have to say?

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deut 28:2, KJV)

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3, KJV)

So we are going to pray!

Father, please release your glory upon our families. Let your face shine upon us now, so that we can begin to dwell in glory as you have promised us. We know that our sins have brought this shame upon us, so, we ask for mercy. Please, have mercy upon us, Lord! Take away our reproach, and let your mercy prevail over us.
Let out lives radiate your glory, so that we can bring glory to your name, our God!

We give thanks to you because we know that you have heard us. In Jesus' name, we have prayed.


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