THEME: BANNER OF LOVE
“The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.”
-Moses was instructed to tell the Israelites to hold a banner of their families. This was a mark of identify. Showing where one belongs. One’s origin and heritage. Christ is the banner over our families. God requires us to identify with our families as we honor each other and be united in love. God authored the family unit and loves each one of us. The banner of love in the family unit should be held high possibly by the leader, and priest of the house, and each one of us has a role to play. We should be proud of our families, pray for one another and be quick to forgive those who offend us. We are also called to support our relatives lest we are declared worse than unbelievers (1 Timothy 5:8). Further, we should let God build our homes or else we will labor in vain. Lastly, we are called to genuinely love each other, not to show off or brag about it, but to hold fast enduring love that fails not.
Lord Almighty Father, You are the banner over our families, we entrust our homes to You. May You take charge of every family unit, that Your love will unite each member of our families. May Your love take charge of every parent and every child, and their relationships with each other. May You give every father wisdom and grace to lead and shepherd the homes according to Your will. May You give every mother wisdom and strength to take their place as You please Lord. May You grant every child the wisdom and favor to follow Your statutes and excel in every good work. Lord Jesus may Your purposes be accomplished by every member of the family according to Your will that is in heaven. May You bless every family and provide for all their needs. May You answer our hearts desires and prayers. May You grant each family fruitfulness biological, financially, economically, socially and spiritually dear Jesus. May You reunite every broken marriage and relationship. May You heal every scar in the family unit and may Your banner of love be present in every home. May Your gift of salvation take hold of every household that we may be liberated from every form of slavery and be corded by Your everlasting love and peace. Only You are God and none can be compared to You. Thank You for making us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Your own special people, that we may proclaim Your praises for You called us out of darkness into Your marvelous light. Father You remain faithful even when we become faithless, all our hopes and trust is in You. We praise You Lord and bless Your name now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 127:1-5, 1 Peter 2:9-10