“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
Prayer is the Lord’s way of protecting us from the enemy. If we are not clear minded and self-controlled, we can easily fall into the traps that Satan sets for us. In the last days, it is important that we are prayerfully watchful! Teach your children how easily sins such as anger and unforgiveness (Mark 11:25) can hinder our prayers. Have family members make a list of the things that tempt them. Determine to “watch and pray” about these things. Making a family covenant to pray for one another in these areas will be of great help to avoid temptation, as will the accountability that goes with it!
Father, You are very clear that we should be on our guard against the temptations and tricks of the enemy. Help us to watch and pray so that we are prepared to stand firm when he attempts to keep us from focusing on You.
–Adapted from the article Living for God in the Last Days by Kim Butts, author of the Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together)
Pray that you will be diligent in teaching those under your care. Ask God to help you be an excellent model for your children (or for the children of your friends).
Pray that God removes any distractions to wholesome love among your family and friends. Ask that all ungodly priorities and self-interests will be wiped away so that love can abound.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend