All week, we read stories written by people who believed for, contended for, and experienced miracles in their families. Although each story is beautifully unique, they all have something in common: prayer preceded breakthrough. I pulled a couple quotes from each story to emphasize the role of prayer in each one.
FROM ALEXA’S STORY:
God brought salvation to an abusive and broken family.
“What if the Lord saves my family? He could, couldn’t He?” The doubt that this could happen was overwhelming, but the hope I had was even more intrusive. From there, that became my prayer. Lord, save my family.
My family didn’t know it, but they were drenched in prayer. Friends, mentors, and roommates were all praying for revival in my family.
Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death.
FROM DREW & JOSH’S STORY:
God rescues two brothers out of darkness and into the light, brings unity, and restores identity.
The next few months, I listened through the phone as my brother was destroying his life. God gave me the grace to listen, and the words to say, but as soon as he hung up, I bawled my eyes out and prayed.
Another night, I was worshipping and praying for the unsaved people in my life. I instantly thought of my brother. I prayed for his eyes to be opened to his destructive life, to be supernaturally reminded of me, and to desire what I have: relationship with Jesus. No joke, twenty minutes later, I got a phone call from my brother...
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
FROM KRISTIE’S STORY:
God knits together a family once separated, welcomes home the runaway, and provides in abundance.
I knew I was to move in with my mom and dad to contend in prayer for the things to come. For the next 2 months, I woke up early and fell to my knees over my family. God gave me prayer strategies and deep revelation for the things He had coming.
God is a good Father! A Father who teaches us the real work is in prayer and that it isn’t scary, but all joy, to say yes to surrender.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
FROM HANNAH’S STORY:
God delivers from addiction, gives a new identity, speaks destiny, and restores relationship with Himself and family.
Through years of the nightmare, the prayers of our family were reaching the heart of God:
God’s ways are higher, and His time table is different, but I know that when I pray and shoot in faith, Jesus will always get my arrow to His designated target in its designated time.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
FROM JERRY’S STORY:
God saves and accepts the rebellious then transforms him into a new creation, saves a baby from being aborted and calls him to the nations, and completely redeems an entire family.
I went home that night and knelt by my bed and began to cry and pray, “God, if You can, please put this family together.”
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
The stories and testimonies that will be showcased this week are not just for these few people, they are for you. The root word of “testimony” in Hebrew is “do again”, so as you read these testimonies of breakthrough in family, remember that God can and will do it again! God wants to bring unity, reconciliation, and redemption to your family even more than you want Him to! ASK HIM. Prayer moves the heart of God.
If you haven’t seen breakthrough in your family yet, know that it is not because God doesn’t long for or have a plan for redemption in your family. He does. Remember, there was a point in time when all of these people felt like unity was a distant idea, too. Each one of these people continued to press into God’s passion for family, some for years, until they saw breakthrough.
If you look at your family and see division, hopelessness, brokenness, and hatred… ask God for His perspective. He always sees His creation strong and full of identity, and His thoughts are truer than what we see with our natural eyes.
As you learn to see what God sees, pray forth what He sees. Does He see your relationship with your dad mended? Pray for that. Does He see your wandering sister brought back into community? Pray for that. Does He see your brother free from drug addiction, your step-dad free from depression, and your aunt saved? Pray for these things.
If you struggle to see God's perspective for your family (or in any area of life), it is always helpful to ask God questions. Here are some to get you started:
Do You care about my family?
How do You see my family?
What do You think about my family?
What do You want to do in my family?
How can I better express love to my family?
Try journaling out what you hear the Father say. Hold onto what He says as Truth. The more you see what God sees, the more you will have faith for what He can do in your family. Never stop praying for your family, prayer always precedes breakthrough.
Restoration in your family might seem impossible, but God has a vision of redemption for your family that is TRUE and POSSIBLE, and He wants to fill you in on it.