The Essential Guide to Praying Over Your Home – Be a Prayer Warrior for Your Family
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Praying over your home is a wonderful way to ensure your home and family are under the cover of the Lord and protected from the enemy. You want to be a prayer warrior for your family, but maybe you don’t where to begin.
This article will show you simple steps for you to begin to pray over your home and establish a culture of prayer in your family!
You are literally just one prayer away from being an active participant in the spiritual battle for your home. So read on and let’s start praying!This article will show you simple steps for you to begin to pray over your home and establish a culture of prayer in your family! Click To Tweet
Praying Over Your Home
The word “home” appears in the Bible many, many times. Different translations use different words for “home” (such as dwelling, house, tent, etc).
You may be interested to learn that the Hebrew word for home or dwelling is mishkan.
Mishkan is also the name of the Tabernacle of Moses as it was God’s home here on earth.
The Greek words are oikos and oikia.
While homes were very important in ancient times, people tended to be far more nomadic.
This was especially true of the Jewish people as they experienced exile and exodus.
Today we are far more planted in where we choose to reside (although the past several years I feel a bit like my ancestors with all the moving for my husband’s job).
I love to do prayer walks through my home. I believe it is important to thank and praise God for all he has done for us in each room, then pray that He protects us in those rooms and all around our home.
Praying over your home is a wonderful way to rid your home from the devil’s schemes against your home and family. According to 1 Peter 5:8:
He prowls around just looking for open doors he can slip through. Your home can be one of those doors.
When there is strife in the home, when there is discontent, disobedience, rebellion and sin, the enemy can slip in and turn those into serious breakdowns in the family.
A prayer walk through the home asks God to be the Lord of all, including your home itself.
Praying over a new home is also important as we don’t always know what kind of environment was in the home and what occurred there and I will provide you with prayers below to get you started on a fresh, new path toward peace using God’s Word.Praying over a new home is also important as we don't always know what kind of environment was in the home and what occurred there and I will provide you with prayers below to get you started on a fresh, new path toward peace using… Click To Tweet
A Home Full of Wisdom
By wisdom a house is built.
Our homes are built with brick, mortar and concrete but, as women of faith, they are built on far more than that. At least they should be built on more.
They should be built on a strong foundation both physically and spiritually.
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 7:24-27:
Having a strong foundation and building your house on the solid rock is important even in our physical homes. Our homes need to have their foundation on the Lord and on God’s Word.
When we are praying over our home and claiming it for the Lord using His Word then we are using wisdom.
A man or woman with wisdom knows their family is secure under the covering of the Lord God.A man or woman with wisdom knows their family is secure under the covering of the Lord God. #prayer #proverbs31woman Click To Tweet
Prayer For Your Home to Be Built on the Solid Rock
Lord, as we enter this home, may we come further into your presence. Please send your shalom into our home, which can only come from you.
May your Word guide our steps each and every day and let us build our house on the solid rock that is Your Word and on our faith in Jesus.
Heavenly Father, we pray specifically that each and every room in this home reflects you and your one and only Son. Let everyone who enters here immediately sense and know this house belongs to God.
May the solid foundation of our faith show to everyone who enters. Lord help my family to be a light to all who cross our threshold and let them be shown hospitality that is pleasing to you. Let us always seek your Word and your truth in all decisions and discussions that take place in this home.
Help us parent according to your Word, training up our children in the way they should go, according to scripture, helping to build up their faith and helping them to always know their worth in you.
We ask this of you in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
General House Blessing
You may want to do a general blessing as soon as possible after you’ve moved into a new home and you can continue to do this on a regular basis and adapt it as needed.
You can use the following prayer below to pray for home and family.
Pray for the presence of God to fill your home.
Pray Over Your Home – A General Prayer
Lord, we thank you for our home. We thank you for the roof over our head, the food we have to eat, and our safety and protection.
We praise you for all of the blessings you given us. We ask you to bless our family, home, and everything within its walls.
Thank you Lord for this home that you have given us to find rest and be refreshed. Help it to be a place that exudes your grace and hospitality. Allow us to experience fellowship with friends, family and even strangers alike within its walls.
Help us to always be thankful and grateful for what we have and forgive us for any times we have grumbled or complained. Please help us to always give thanks in ALL our circumstances and always trust you and your provision.
Help us to always live our lives for you and your coming Kingdom and to never find this world of more importance than the world to come.
We are guests here and not residents. This world is not our home and I ask that you always help me to keep that in mind as I make decisions for my home and family. Give us ears attentive to your Word and your Spirit.
Please place a hedge of protection over this home and keep it safe from any accidents or harm. Keep anything out that is not of you. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Pray Peacefulness Over Your Home
We recently sold our home. My husband recently got a new job and it was 45 minutes away from our home so we decided to move closer to his office so that he didn’t have such a long commute.
When deciding where we were going to live, the one thing I said to my husband was that I just wanted peace. Nothing else was as important to me as just simply having peace so I wanted to simplify life and just enjoy our home and family.
I downsized…a lot! I wanted to just rid myself of stuff and all the space it took up.
Tranquility in the home is so vital. Your home is your haven here on this earth and it should be a place where you and your family experience love, harmony, the love of God, and the assurance that the Lord watches over you.
Our peacefulness can be robbed from us quite easily if we let our guard down.
When we do, the enemy will grab ahold of any opportunity to steal, kill and destroy.
A peaceful bedroom is important to me. My husband and I never get into any serious discussions in our bedroom because I want it to be my sanctuary away from the troubles of this world, not another place for them to be stored up.
I also believe that we can create atmospheres that collect strife and discouragement, rooms that collect them, when we don’t respect the space and cover them in prayer.
Your bedroom should be a space reserved for love and peace and rest. Using your room as a place to argue away from the kids steals that haven of rest.
Find another place to have serious discussions (and of course, arguments are virtually inevitable in marriage but try to avoid using your bedroom for them) and pray before and after if possible.
I know it sounds a little extreme but your marriage is sacred and so is your space that you share together.
Your home is sacred as well and needs to be protected.
Peacefulness doesn’t always equal “quiet”. When you have kids, quiet isn’t likely to happen frequently.
It is more about maintaining an overall spirit of peace that dwells in your home.
I have teenagers and even when only one is home, there is rarely quiet.Your bedroom should be a space reserved for love and peace and rest. Using your room as a place to argue away from the kids steals that haven of rest. #prayer #proverbs31woman Click To Tweet
But Isaiah 32:18 says:
Peaceful and secure dwellings and “quiet” resting places. This word “quiet” is “ša’ănān” in Hebrew and means at ease and secure.
So, sorry…your kids will continue to make that “joyful noise”!
So pray over your home for the shalom of God to flood each room, and for the front door to the back door to only ever allow what is of Him to enter there.
1 Samuel 25:6:Pray over your home for the shalom of God to flood each room, and for the front door to the back door to only ever allow what is of Him to enter there. #prayer #proverbs31woman Click To Tweet
Praying for Your Family
Family life is difficult at times. We are so busy these days with kids’ activities and work and other obligations. It can be easy to neglect praying over your family.
I am a Jewish believer (also called a Messianic Jew) and each week at our services we pray over all the children. It is also customary, on the Sabbath, for the person who leads welcoming the Sabbath into the home (usually the father) to bless the children as well and the Aaronic Benediction is used for both. This benediction is found in Bible verses Numbers 6:24-26:
You too can incorporate this blessing into your home (I say it over my children as I pray each day) to cover your family.
Praying for Guests
Hospitality is extremely important to God.
We have examples going all the way back to Genesis of hospitality and giving shelter to guests.
Abraham was one of those examples.
We read in Genesis 18:1-8 that after circumcising himself, he was recovering under the oak trees in the heat of the day when he saw three strangers approaching.
He leapt up in his pain (imagine recovering from a surgical procedure and then leaping up to serve guests!) and immediately ran to welcome his guests and ensure they were taken care of.
Scholars say that this “heat” mentioned in the Bible was actually a heatwave sent by God to deter travelers so that Abraham could recover enough to welcome these three visitors sent by God since hospitality was so important to him and he would have welcomed all those travelers and worn himself out.
Just as our ancestors served guests, that is just what God wants from us. Whether we welcome family members, friends or strangers, we are to pursue hospitality and opportunities to show them both God and His lovingkindness.
Pray for God’s protection for all those who find rest under your roof and for travel mercies for those traveling to or from it.
And always be willing to show hospitality to those who may be alone for holidays or who maybe just need someone to talk to.
When we lived in Florida, our neighbor who lived two doors down was in the hospital battling cancer. Her husband was traveling back and forth to the hospital and we knew he probably hadn’t had a good meal in a while since he didn’t get much time to do so. So we extended an invitation to him to come over when we were barbecuing and have some dinner.
And he did and he was so thankful just to have that chance to sit, have a good meal and a chat.
Lord, I ask you to bless the guests who enter our home, whether friends or strangers we welcome in. I ask that you fill me with the spirit of hospitality and to be completely humble, knowing that this home and all I am blessed with come from you and you bless us so we can be a blessing to others. Help me to always be willing to welcome others as your Word says “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 12:2 ESV). I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer for Protection
Dear God, I thank you for this home. I pray that you would come and protect this home against the attack of the enemies. I pray against any evil that tries to enter this home, and strength to overcome temptation. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (ESV) I pray we will leave no opportunity for the evil one to enter, instead fill this house with your presence Lord and that our family would instead grow in you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
How to Pray for Your Home During a Prayer Walk
I recommend getting started outside, physically walking all around your home and property.
If you have a garden, walk through it. If you have barns and stables, walk through those. Got a chicken coop? Walk in or around that too!
If you’re visiting someone else’s house, walk around their property and look for things that they do on the property (gardening, playing with their kids and pets, etc.) and pray over those activities.
Pray to the Lord that your home may have a solid foundation in Christ. Also, pray for every entrance and window as well and that everything that enters in is only of God.
Now go inside and walk through each room praying as you go. Pray for the needs of those in your family. Praise the Lord for all He does for you and your family and ask for His protection over each room as well.
As we go through this process, I want you to think about bringing God’s blessing into each room in your home.
If you feel that you are under attack in any area of your life or within your family or marriage, then you pray for that as you walk through each room, paying special attention to rooms that are focal points for those attacks. You can even anoint your home with oil if you would like. You can find a simple guide to anointing it here.
For instance, if your marriage is under attack, pay special attention to the Master Bedroom and any other rooms where you spend a lot of time with your spouse.
Ask the Holy Spirit to be present in your home at all times and look after any other areas that require attention.
Lord, I give you my heart, my home and my family. As your Word says “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, I commit my own house to you.
Fill our home with love, friendship and family. Let us grow in you and encourage each other. Father, place a hedge of protection around my family and guard their hearts and minds through our Lord Jesus. We commit ourselves to you alone Lord. Please let our home always be in service to you by showing your love and hospitality to others.
Remember to keep your Word in our hearts so that we always obey your commands. Enter every area of our lives, Lord as we know they belong to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Pray Over Your Kitchen and Dining Room
The kitchen is called the heart of the home. It is where we share meals, share stories, share about our day. It is where conversations happen and celebrations are shared with friends and family.
Praying over these rooms helps to keep an environment of peace and love flowing as freely as the food we provide.
Ask the Lord to bless the work of your hands as you prepare food for your family and friends. Ask Him to bless the conversations that take place and the holidays you share.
Trust Him for His provision and that your home will never experience lack.
Lord, please bless our kitchen and dining area(s) where we experience your blessings and provision. Help us to always be thankful and use the food we cook as a way to share with those in need, giving glory and honor back to you, Lord Jesus. We pray that no one will go hungry or un-fed in our home.
Help us keep these rooms full of cherished memories, as we share them with family and friends who adore you. Let our home be a haven of warmth, hospitality, and contentment in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Pray Over Each Bedroom
Our bedroom can be our personal sanctuary. It is a place where we escape the cares and trials of the day. But if we are not careful, we can allow the world to invade this space.
Our kids also spend a large amount of time in their rooms. When I was a child, I was outside most of the day and evening until bedtime. Nowadays it is all I can do to get the kids to be outside!
Their rooms are now where they socialize, where they study and sometimes even where they do school all day if homeschooled.
It is vital in today’s climate that we pray over these spaces and keep them protected. As our kids grow older and use social media more often, the enemy can creep in.
So we should cover all these spaces in prayer:
Lord, please bless this room and guard all who rest here. Allow us (them) to find your rest, your love and comfort here. Grant us (them)sleep that is refreshing and revitalizing and guard our (their) souls as we (they) sleep.
May our (their) dreams be peaceful and not disturbing. Please keep the enemy far from our (their) hearts and minds as we rest.
Lord I pray that we (they) feel your presence here in this room and and allow us (them) to wake up each day refreshed and ready to serve you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.Our bedroom can be our personal sanctuary. It is a place where we escape the cares and trials of the day. But if we are not careful, we can allow the world to invade this space. #prayer #proverbs31woman Click To Tweet
Pray Over Your Living Room/Family Room
Thank you, Lord, for providing a safe haven for our family. Please bless this room with love, respect and compassion. Let this room become a haven of comfort, quietness, and togetherness for us and our friends and family.
May we speak only words that lift each other up and not tear down. Help us to only engage in activities, such as watching movies or playing games, that honor you.
We may offer hospitality to others and display Your love to all those who enter here.
Guard our hearts and minds through Jesus. In His precious Name we pray. Amen
Pray Over Your Home Office or Space Where You Work
If you do work at home, it is important to pray over that space. Our work can be out of balance when we don’t give it to the Lord and it is easy for the enemy to cause us to focus on things like money and achievement if we are not carefully guarding our hearts and minds and our workspace.
This is especially true if you own your own business. I know I have had to be cautious that I don’t allow my work to consume me.
So here is a prayer you can pray over any space you do work at home.
Lord, thank you for your provision and that you give us the means to provide for our family. We know that all blessings come from you and this is true of our finances. You have allowed us to be stewards of what belongs to you and I pray you help us to be good stewards and never give way to greed or the love of money.
We ask that You be honored in each decision we make, especially in our family finances.
Father, thank You for all the opportunities that you have given to me and my family. Help me to always act with wisdom and discernment in all I do. I trust in You as I do my work and I ask that you bless the work of my hands and that I never experience either laziness or, by contrast, work too much and lose sight of what it important.
As your Word says, “If only You would greatly bless me, and enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I might not suffer pain.” (1 Chronicles 4:10) In the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
What does the Bible Say About Praying for Your Home?
Let’s look at some Bible verses you can incorporate when praying for your home and for your family and guests! There is nothing more powerful in prayer than speaking God’s Word into your petitions for peaceful dwelling places and secure homes.
Bible Verses to Use When Praying Over Your Home
ESV – “Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
NASB – “Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation“
Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society. Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.