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How happy are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How happy you will be! How rich your life! Your wife will be like a fruitful vine, flourishing within your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around your table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. . . . May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. Psalm 128:1-3, 6

These verses paint a picture of a godly family living under the Lord’s authority and protection: parents who follow his ways and fear God, a wife who flourishes, children growing up with hope and promise for the future. History shows that when there is peace and order in families, that peace ripples out to the church, the city, the state, and the nation. Unfortunately, this isn’t the picture of most homes today. Instead, families are disintegrating on every side; children are troubled; the culture is in a downward moral slide. But thanks be to God, he has an answer! He is the answer for our families. And his heart and desire for families is still the same—to live in simple joy, order, and harmony; to enjoy the fruit of our labor, and to follow his ways. Do you know a family that needs God’s help? Pray this psalm as your prayer for them and for your own family today.

LORD, our families need you. Please bless our family and teach us to fear you and follow your ways! May the light from our family bless our church, city, state, and nation. Today I pray for [insert family’s name]. They are hurting and need to know you and your plan for them. Draw their hearts to you and give them faith so that they can experience the richness of life you promise to those who fear you.

THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY DEPEND IN GREAT PART ON PARENTS AND ON THE FAMILY LIFE THEY BUILD IN THEIR HOMES. THE FAMILY IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF THE GREATNESS OF A NATION. Pope John Paul II (1920–2005)

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