As we gather with family to celebrate Christmas this week, it can be both a joyful and challenging time—joyful as we reflect on what the birth of the Savior means and challenging as we face the reality that many of our own family members don’t know the joy of this Good News.
You may see the fruit of your prayers immediately, or you may never see the full impact of your intercession.
No matter how impossible your family situation may feel, it’s amazing what God can do when we invite Him into our family time, ask Him to give us opportunities to share the Gospel, and pray for Him to soften the hearts of our family members. In our prayers, we must remember that God “wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” and His desire to save the lost is far greater than ours (1 Timothy 2:4). We are not praying to a reluctant God, but a God who is eager to save and redeem.
As you prepare to see family this week, take some time to pray for them, and consider inviting your spouse or another Christian friend or family member to join you in prayer. There is great power when two or more gather in Christ’s name and pray for His will to be done (see Matthew 18:20).
There are countless verses in the Bible through which you can pray for your family members by name. Here are a few to help guide you in your prayers:
As we pray, God readies our hearts to do His will, while also inviting us to rest in the fact that only He can change hearts.
You may see the fruit of your prayers immediately, or you may never see the full impact of your intercession. Either way, don’t give up praying for your unsaved family members. Remember, we are engaged in a spiritual battle (see Ephesians 6:12-20), and one of our greatest weapons is prayer. God is in the business of doing the impossible, and He can change even the hardest of hearts.