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  • Discuss – The meaning of praying together as a family.
  • Discuss the meaning of partaking in holy communion together as a family. 

·        Why does God want us to pray and take communion together as a family?

·        Why is it important to pray together?

·         Why should a family set aside time to pray together?

·        How does it feel to bond together as a family in prayer?

·        What does it mean a family that prays together stays together?


Scriptural verses

·       “Pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Prayers always reach God under all circumstances and are heard regardless of whether one prays in solitude or with others.

What did Jesus say about praying alone?

·       “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20 )

·       Psalm 133:1-3 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.


Prayer is a communion with God.

Praying together brings us:

·       A special form of communion with one another.

·       prayer helps the family to deal with stress as well as reduce tensions in their relationships.

·       Enables them to focus on shared beliefs and hopes for the future.

·       Allows them to deal constructively with challenges and problems in the family, and in the life of members.

·       Brings family closely bonded together and create a sense of family unity.



·       When we pray together as a family we are essentially asking God to show up. We may desire that He teach us His Word as we discuss it and reflect upon it. We may need Him to affect some situations we are facing. We may simply hunger for more of Him.

·        Family prayer provided sacred time and space to connect with God and with each other. It was a time of togetherness and interaction and a space to express love and concern for each other.” … Family prayer provides feelings of connectedness, unity and bonding. Family prayer helps reduce relational tensions.

·       Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen.”Matthew 6:5-8





1.     What does family Holy Communion mean?

2.     How much communion have we taken together as a family?

3.     How does taking communion together help the family to grow in faith and love just like the body of Christ.?

Bible verses

·        “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing, it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”- Matthew 26:26-30 (ESV).

·        But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. – 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

·        “For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” – Romans 3:25 (NLT)


·        The most famous story of communion in the Bible is the story of The Last Supper. It was Jesus’ last dinner with His disciples before He was crucified. You can read the story (and if you’re going to have communion at home, you will certainly want to do this. I encourage you to read all of Matthew 26 beforehand. Or, if you prefer, Luke 22 or Mark 14.

·        Communion or the Lord’s Supper is the breaking and eating of bread to symbolize Christ’s body broken for us and drinking wine to remember the blood he shed for our sins. … We are symbolically intermingling Christ’s blood with our own, sharing a meal together as friends, making him a part of us and us a part of him.

·         Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16–17

·        This principle, that every believer is a minister of God, is called “the priesthood of all believers” by theologians. It is the idea that as a follower of Jesus, we are all called to serve God and are responsible as his children to read and observe the teachings of Scripture. This would certainly include following the Scripture’s command to regularly observe communion in our gatherings-

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)




When we receive the Holy communion, we commune with Jesus and build a closer relationship with Him. When we accept Him, He became our spiritual Bread of life who gives us physical strength nourishes our soul and purifies our heart.”  We also experience communion in the family through having closer relationships, participating in family affairs, promoting harmony and sharing their blessings with one another. The Holy communion is important to strengthen one’s relationship to one another. If we make the Holy Communion the centre of each Christian family, it might build unity and strength within the family.

Today, some of the families are breaking apart. There is a weakening of family ties. Some of the factors that diminish the family ties are misunderstanding, self-centeredness, envy, neglect or lack of love and unable to receive and ask for forgiveness. Today’s situation is really a great challenge for most Families in the world to look at their spiritual life, the life that should be nourished and nurtured in the Holy communion. Therefore, communion can be one of the sources to deepen and strengthen family relationships. It is a life that is centred on Christ. There is a need to be more aware of how the communion may deepen and strengthen the family life.  Knowing that it is the source and summit of the Christian life, we are called to have a deep understanding of how communion can be a help for us. Being commune with Jesus is also being commune with others. This can be done by eating together, providing for the needs of others and doing an act of charity. By doing those activities, it can strengthen family’s relationships.




  • Father Lord, I pray to you today concerning my family. I ask that you will teach us to be united in the name of Jesus.
  • I come against every power and scheme that may want to create a disparity in our midst; I destroy such powers in the name of Jesus.
  • I pray Lord that you will cause us to have a unity of purpose, you will make the vision clear to each of us, that we may uniformly run by it in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord God, I pray for your undiluted love, teach us how to love ourselves dearly in the name of Jesus.
  • Father Lord, I pray that you will block every access that the devil is creating to cause dispute in my family. I pray that you will prevent it in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord God, I pray that you will give us all the spirit to tolerate ourselves. I know that we are different people despite being family, but I pray that you will grant unto us the grace to be able to tolerate one another in the name of Jesus.
  • Father Lord, I ask that you will grant us the privilege and grace to forgive ourselves whenever we cross one another in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord Jesus, by Your mercy, I pray that you will teach us silent when we are angry, you will give us utterance when we are furious.
  • Lord God, the scripture says a house divided against itself will not stand. I come against every power of division in our family by the blood of the lamb
  • Father Lord, the Bible says how good and pleasant it is for brothers to work in unity. I ask that you will help us to continue working in unity in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord God, we do not want to fail our purpose as a family, help us to stand and live in love forever in the name of Jesus.
  • The blood of the lamb destroys Father Lord, whatever the enemy is planning to use as an instrument to create enmity in our family.
  • The scripture says that my children and I are for signs and wonders, I destroy every power that might want to use my children to cause disunity in my family, I destroy such power in the name of Jesus.
  • Father, we don’t just want to be united, we also want to be blinded by love so strong, we want to be united in godliness, help us to achieve this in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that you will mend all broken hearts in my home. I ask that by your mercy, you will heal every emotional injury in my family, I pray that you will restore the first love in our hearts in the name of Jesus.
  • I come against every spirit of malice, envy, jealousy, and bitterness that may want to dwell in the heart of my family members. I pray that you will destroy it in the name of Jesus.
  • I pray that you will grant every lost one in my family the grace to find you, help them rediscover their place in you in the name of Jesus.
  • I pray Lord Jesus that you will make our offsprings be a blessing unto others everywhere they find themselves. Help them always to be a good ambassador of the family of Christ in the name of Jesus.
  • Lord God, I pray that you will bless every member of my family with a heart that will continually thirst after you in the name of Jesus.




Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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