For years when I prayed I would sit in my bedroom, dorm room, or living room with my Bible and a notebook in hand. But, once James and I started fostering my whole prayer life changed.
We were going through a rough season in our home. We had children who were stealing, lying, fighting, and causing nothing short of chaos. They were difficult to talk to, reason with, and correct. I felt the house starting to spiral out of control.
One evening after everyone had gone to bed I decided to walk to all their bedrooms, stand at their door and pray for each of them while they slept. It became a regular routine of mine. It put peace in my heart which in turn gave me a good night’s sleep and strength as I dealt with the craziness of the next day. That time at night became some of my sweetest moments while we fostered. I watched God soften my heart towards the difficult ones, speak to me on how to parent them, and saw them slowly change.
When we moved and stopped fostering I no longer had a house full of kids to pray for at their door. So, one evening I decided to walk through the rooms of my new home and prayed for what each room represented to me.
I start and end in my living room. This room is where I pray for the dreams James and I have, the goals we are currently working towards, and our future. I pray for our careers and businesses. I pray for our finances and ask God to show us ways we can bless others. Whether it’s with our time, material items, or financially, I ask Him to show us who and what.
Proverbs 11:24-25 says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
In my entryway, I pray for my children’s lives outside of the home. I pray for God to protect them, for them to make wise decisions, and to keep their hearts pure. I pray for those they come in contact with outside of the home, that they will be Godly examples to all they meet. I pray for mentors for my children, Godly people they can open up with and talk to who will always point them back to Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 says,”But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
Our dining room is where many of our guests gather since I always feed them 😉 I pray for all who come into our home, that everyone will see and feel the love of Christ as they enter. For our conversations to be uplifting and encouraging. That we will see people come to know Christ here. I pray people will feel that our home is their home and that it’s a safe place. I pray for discernment for James and I as people talk to us about real life struggles and that God will speak through us giving us the words to say. I also, pray for our friendships as many of our friends are walking different paths and dealing with different things.
Ephesians 4:29 says “ Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Our house calendar is in our kitchen so I use that as a guideline since the majority of what we do in a month is on there. I pray for church services/events, school events, meetings, etc. I pray for the areas we’re involved in within our church and for God to continue to use and grow us. I pray for the leaders and vision of the church and for us as a whole to minister to more people within our community. For people to come, feel loved and have their lives changed.
Matthew 9:37-38 says, “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
I walk to each of my children’s room and pray for them specifically. I pray they always passionately pursue Christ and have their confidence found in Him. I pray for what is going on currently in their life and their future. I pray for their future wife, for God to protect her heart, for her to love Christ first and for me to be a like a second mom to her. I pray for their purity, safety and the friendships they form.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The laundry room, while it’s such a blessing to have, I dread doing laundry. To help offset that, I use my time in the laundry room to thank God for everything. Our home, cars, careers, family, friends, church, etc. I thank Him for all the blessings and give Him all the credit. I will also pray for excellent health for my family and friends.
Psalm 103:3 says, “who forgives all your sin and heals all your diseases”
1 Timothy 4:4-5 says, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
My bedroom is a big prayer room for me. It holds my prayer wall and takes the majority of my time. I spend time praying for my marriage, the many conversations we tend to have while sitting on our bed. Our bedroom has become a safe haven for James and I since it’s our spot away from the kids to talk and to pray together. Then, I go to my prayer wall and pray for the things that I didn’t throughout my house, I write things down, and move post-its around.
Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
I finish by going back to the living room and spending time in silence. My days are full of a lot of noise and I’ve found that in my spirit, I need the silence. I take that time to let go of my to-do list and schedule and rest in His presence.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God”
It’s now been five years since I started praying through my home and I want to encourage you to do the same. If you’re struggling with something specific with your children- go to their room and cover them with prayer. If your walking a tough road with your marriage- cover your bedroom in prayer. If your battling financial difficulties, illness, fear, depression, etc.- fight your battles with prayer and the Word. Your home will become a prayer field full of Christ’s presence and His peace.
Is this something you’ve done before or do you know anyone else who does this? Let us know in the comments below. I love to hear how others pray throughout their days.