“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” -Proverbs 14:1
I know that as a Godly woman, two of your biggest priorities are your home and family.
Tending the needs of your family and the details that build a home each and every day.
A sick child that depends on you for comfort, wisdom, and prayer.
Your husband that looks to you for support, encouragement, and a gentle place of refuge from daily challenges.
The household schedules, financial decisions, and managerial systems that beckon your attention.
All of these matters are important. At times, the best thing to do may seem like rolling up your sleeves and getting straight to work.
I know that I have certainly felt that way.
Recently, however, I was reminded that my support, encouragement, comfort, strength, wisdom, and grace for my home and family need to begin each day planted firmly on my knees in prayer.
What a powerful and refreshing reminder it was for me to hear that I must also be a warrior for my family, fighting in spiritual warfare.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” -Ephesians 6:16
Through God’s abundant grace, He has provided us with the means to partner with him to care for our families through prayer. Prayer and faith.
We come before His mighty throne in thanksgiving, faithfully knowing that He will answer our prayers for the families and the home that he has entrusted us.
This renewed zest I felt for caring for my family and home first in prayer, got me to thinking. I had a desire to pray over each space of my home and for each person that dwells within our walls.
I decided that I would do a prayer walk.
What Is a Prayer Walk and How To Do One
A prayer walk is a simple, yet powerful way to use scripture to bless your home.
Think about the things that mean the most to you for your home and family. What blessing(s) would be most beneficial? Perhaps peace in your home is needed in this season. Perhaps more joy and life within the walls of your haven.
Next, you’ll want to write down relevant scriptures, if you haven’t memorized the scriptures that you want to pray throughout your home.
Decide where you’d like to begin your prayer walk. I began my prayer walk in my children’s bedrooms because I wanted to bless those spaces first in my home. Many women begin at the front door or may bless the windows and entryways first. It’s completely up to you.
Simply begin walking throughout your home praying the scriptures that you’ve pre-determined and of course praying whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to pray.
How Often Should You Do a Prayer Walk
I think that because you are praying to your Heavenly Father and He has blessed us with a vehicle to pray to Him at all times in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), we can conduct a prayer walk whenever we feel led too.
Some women schedule their prayer walks and will do them quarterly when deep cleaning their homes.
You may also want to do a prayer walk when you feel that you or your family is in a particular season of attack from the enemy.
My mother always said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
That being said, since our Father has invited us to pray to him continually, then a regular prayer walk throughout your home is a good idea.
Now that we’ve discussed what a prayer walk is and how often to do them, let’s talk about praying scripture over your home.
10 Scripture to Pray Over Your Home and Family
You may just want to choose two or three scriptures to pray over your home or many. You may decide that you want to pray for your marriage, your dwelling, and your children. Or you may decide that you want to pray a special prayer over each space of your home. Whatever you decide, I’ve come up with a few scriptures to help along the way.
The following are 10 Scriptures to get you started.
#1. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will empower each of your family members to “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” -Colossians 3:13
#2. Pray that your children will be steadfast in honoring you and your husband so that their lives may be long. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” -Exodus 20:12
#3. Pray that every soul in your home is filled with love as outlined in 1 Corinthians “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
#4. Ask the Father to bless your home and provide serenity throughout “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” -Numbers 6:24-26
#5. Pray that your family be sacrificial imitators of God “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:1-2
#6. Pray that God remembers His promises found in 2 Chronicles, that His presence may dwell within your home forever. “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.” -2 Chronicles 7:15-16
#7. Pray that God’s will be revered and carried out within your home “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” -Proverbs 19:20-21
#8. Pray for the calling of your marriage, family, and ministry “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love.” -Ephesians 4:1-2
#9. Pray for your husband’s humble leadership “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.” -Proverbs 15:33
#10. Pray that your home is a haven of love and hospitality to all that enter “Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” -1 Peter 4:8-9
Scripture art is also a great reminder to bless your home through praying scripture. You can create your own or look no further than Amazon or your local Christian bookstore to find scripture art that speaks to you.
Jewish households hang the Mezuzah, scripture written in Hebrew on a parchment, encased in a special container, on their doorposts.
This ritual stems from the Torah, Deuteronomy 6:9 “And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
You can learn more about this fascinating tradition at My Jewish Learning.
Well, beloved, I hope that you have found this writing helpful. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Let’s get together again here soon. Happy Homemaking!! Ministry Homemaking