Prayer Makes All the Difference
We have all heard this saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.” In our modern society, family members do not even have time to eat together, much less pray together.
With the divorce rate at 50 percent for couples, it is affecting Christian homes in a drastic way. According to the Barna Group, Christians divorce rates vary from 21 to 34 percent depending on the denomination and religious beliefs. Other studies are indicating that divorce rates may be somewhere between 10 and 20 percent. It might even be less than 10 percent.
Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”) writes in his bestselling book, Relationship Rescue, “An interesting statistic shared by David McLaughlin in his wonderful series entitled “The Role of the Man in the Family” reflects that the divorce rate in America is at a minimum one out of two marriages. But the reported divorce rate among couples that pray together is about one in ten thousand. Pretty impressive statistic, even if you reduce it a thousandfold.” It’s a fact: praying together works.
What are the real statistical numbers? No one knows for sure. But one thing is certain: when a couple practices their faith, attends church on a regular basis, studies the Bible and prays together, they can almost double the odds of avoiding divorce. Having Christ in the center of our marriages makes a huge difference in maintaining a stable marriage.
Prayer breathes life and gives a new heartbeat in the center of the Christian home. When the family prays together, each member is given the opportunity to learn what it means not only to be intimate with God but to have a personal relationship with the Lord.
What happens when our prayers are answered? We experience God in a personal way. We view God’s love from a totally different perspective and our daily lives are changed in a radical way. Our trust level increases and we are not afraid to tell others what God has done and how our faith grew. We trust the Lord more. That is why it is important to introduce our children to the joy and excitement of answered prayer. When we have family devotionals and prayer, we pass our Christian convictions to the next generation. Our children need to see our genuine faith in action; how faith has acted in our personal lives. Having our prayers answered will lead to important and deeply meaningful discussions about spiritual discussions.
More importantly, prayer has the effect of deepening the interpersonal relationship in family. Prayer is all about personal intimacy—with God and each other.
When we pray with the family, we share our experiences one with the other. We are teaching our children that prayer is talking to God as a friend and our prayers don’t have to be long, formal, and fancy. Prayers should be short, spontaneous, from the heart, and conversational. Children will learn that relationships with God and with each family member are essential for character development. Let us lift our heart in prayer to unite us to God and one another. As our relationship with God develops, may our love for Him and one another also grow.