"Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body" (E.S.V., 2001, Ephesians 5:28-29). "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (E.S.V., 2001, Ephesians 6:4).
What is love? "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (E.S.V., 2001, John 15:13). Dear Lord, I desire to have this love, and to 'lay down' my life for my wife, my children, my family, my friends, but most of all, for you dear Jesus. I desire to 'nourish' and 'cherish' the opportunity, the blessing that is my wife and children; to lead well and with a righteous and godly heart, the heart of a heavenly Father. Dear Jesus, please guide me in how to speak, how to listen, how to be there for my children, and how to lead them in your ways. In Jesus' name. Amen.
"Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged" (E.S.V., 2001, Colossians 3:19-22). Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for my relationships with my wife and children to be holy, that I may 'please' you and them, and that I may encourage them. Amen.
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? (E.S.V., 2001, 1 Timothy 3:1-5).
Dear Lord Jesus, if my aspiration, my heart desires to teach, to lead through your Holy Spirit and guidance, then I must first get 'my house in order.' I pray dear God for humility, courage, soberness, self-control, self-respect and the respect of others, openness to loving relationships with patience, having the ability to be teachable (especially by you, Lord Jesus); not relying on vices on desires of the world but purely on the Holy Spirit, with gentleness, compassion, and the ability to love and care for my wife and children. In Jesus' name. Amen.