When I thought about praying for my family, I thought of praying for my husband and children and all the things that affect us. I had several things pop into mind that were very important things to pray about. Before I began this post, I was confident that I was going to write something else.
But, God lead me to this thought in Leviticus 16:6
Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house.(NASB)
Before Aaron could make an atonement on behalf of the people he had to make one for himself first! Now I am not dealing with being the priest of the family, so I hope no one goes along this line of thinking. What I am dealing with is the thought of:
“How can I effectively pray for my family if I am allowing sin to come between me and God so that my prayers are now answered?”
Now don’t get me wrong. This by no way means that a person has to be perfect/sinless to come to God or to pray for others. What I am saying is just like the High Priest prayed for God to cleanse him first so that there would be no sin hindering him from doing his work, likewise we must go to God and give up all our sins to Him first before we can embark on this task of praying for our families.
So with this thought in mind, I have realized that the first person I should be praying for is ME! I can’t intercede in prayer for my family unless I first have made intercession for ME!
So today as we begin this series A Family That Prays Together Stays Together, we will take time to pray for ourselves first. And every time we come to God on behalf of our family, or anyone for that matter, let us always remember to ask God’s to cleanse us first!