40 Days of Prayer and Fasting: FAMILY

Week 2 (March 6-12)

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

Chances are you or someone you know has the last sentence of this verse on display somewhere in their home. In our home, it’s written on a sign hanging in the hall between our kids’ rooms. While this verse adds a nice “spiritual touch” to our homes, it is so much more!

To set the context, Joshua is nearing death. As Moses’ successor, Joshua has led the people of Israel through highs and lows. In some of his last recorded words, Joshua gives the nation of Israel an ultimatum: you can waste your lives worshiping idols and false gods, or you can choose this day to worship and serve the one true God.

Though the context is different, we face the same choice today. We can choose to give ourselves and our families over to the worship of “lesser things”—wealth, material possessions, sports, etc.—or we can choose to give ourselves and our families over to the worship of the one true God, who willingly gave His son to redeem us from the penalty of our sin. 

Choose this day whom your family will serve.


Make it a point to pray with your family this week—whether it’s before bedtime, in the morning before work and school, or some other time that’s convenient for your family’s schedule. Ask each person in your family how you can pray for them this week, and then actually pray! Be intentional to pray for them by name and by request. If you have young children, pray that they would one day surrender their lives to Jesus. If you have a child or even a spouse that is far from the Lord, pray that He would begin to draw them near to Himself.

If your children are grown or no longer in the home, consider giving them a call and asking how you can pray for them this week. If you’re without children or a family of your own, consider reaching out to extended family or even members of your church family to ask how you can pray for them this week.

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