Before you begin leading your children through this study on harmony, spend time alone with God interceding for His help.
You can use the sample prayer below to guide you. Or, if you prefer to personalize your prayers, the verses under “Scripture-guided prayer” will help provide direction and inspiration.
Lord of all Love, You are the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Your Son Jesus is our only hope for peace, now and forever. The angels announced His birth with the chorus,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14). Thank you that the death and resurrection of Jesus provide a way for us to live at peace with God and others. Thank you for the promise of Matthew 5:9,
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.”
Please show me if there is any sin (selfishness, jealousy, envy or uncontrolled anger) that contributes to a lack of peace in our home. I don't want my sinful nature to influence my actions. Rather, I want the Holy Spirit to direct the way I think and respond to others. I pray that the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in my life, especially peace and love, for “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). When someone sins, please give me a loving, Spirit-filled attitude so the unity in our home is maintained.
Lord, I pray that my children will seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14)! I ask that Your love in ________ and ________ will help them to be polite and not rude, to put others first instead of being self-seeking, to be tolerant instead of easily angered, and to be quick to forgive instead of keeping a record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5). May my children learn early in life that it is to their honour to avoid conflict and that it is not wise to be quick to quarrel (Proverbs 20:3). Please enable them to be sympathetic, loving, humble and compassionate. I ask that You will fill them with Your love so they have the grace to refuse to repay evil with evil and insult with insult, but will repay unkindness with blessing (1 Peter 3:8-9).
Paul prayed for the church:
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6). My prayer is that the presence of Your Holy Spirit will bring unity to our family, so that the song in our home will be one of harmony, drawing others in our neighbourhood to You because of the sweet sound of a family living together in peace and love. Amen.
Scripture-guided prayer for parents
Pray through one or more of the selected Scriptures under each heading. Focus on listening to God and allowing His Spirit to direct you as you pray.
Begin by thanking God for being a God of love and peace.
Isaiah 48:17-18 | Matthew 5:9 | John 14:23-27 | John 17:20-23 | Colossians 1:19-20
Acknowledge where you lack peace in your relationships.
Psalm 34:11-14 | Proverbs 6:16-19 | Romans 12:16-18 | 1 Corinthians 13:5 | Hebrews 12:14-15
Thank God for ways you have seen harmony in your family.
Ask God to help you and your children live at peace with each other.
Romans 14:19 | 2 Corinthians 13:11 | Philippians 2:1-4 | Colossians 3:15 | 1 Peter 3:8-9