There are few moments in life that are more exhausting than moving your family into a new home.
It starts innocently with someone saying, “Hey honey, have you seen this house for sale? We should go check it out?”
Before you know it you are swimming in an ocean of cardboard and moving tape, and bribing every friend you have with pizza to help carry your living room couch.
Who’s your real estate agent? What house are you going to buy? What did the bank approve you for? How much more paperwork do you have to complete to get approved for the mortgage? What are you going to offer for the house? What are you going to counter offer? Did the house pass inspection? When is closing? Do you have a moving truck? Who’s going to help you move? Do you have boxes?
I could go on and on and on….
Moving is exhausting.
But I want to talk today about what just might be the most important task on the moving list.
As a family of faith, there is more to settling into your home than arranging furniture and unpacking boxes.
You and your family can gather together to pray a blessing over your new home.
Every home has a story. Your family is about to write a new story together in a new place.
It makes perfect sense for you to take some time to invite God to write that story. To ask Him to bless your home and protect your home. It is a wonderful thing to beg God to make your home a place of peace and a place where His love will be shown to all who enter.
This time together does not have to be hard.
I recently moved into a new home. My wife and I wanted to lead our family in a simple time of prayer and Scripture reading centered around “setting aside” our new home for God’s purpose.
After dinner we simply:
1) Explained to our kids what we were going to do.
2) We took turns reading Scripture that applied to what we were doing.
3) Then we bundled up in our coats, grabbed a flashlight, and did a quick prayer walk around our property.
The whole thing took 15 minutes, but if you could have heard the prayers my boys whispered as they walked.
It was powerful.
In fact, prior to this time of prayer, my sons had trouble sleeping in their new rooms. After our time together there was a new confidence in them as they went to bed.
It finally felt like home.
HERE IS A SIMPLE LIST OF SCRIPTURE AND PRAYERS THAT YOU CAN USE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN YOUR NEW HOME
Prayer: “Lord I pray that you will watch over our new home. We trust you for our protection while living in this home”
* My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:18
* In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
* Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them Job 21:9
Prayer: “Lord I pray that you will provide for us while we are in this home. We trust you for our provision. We ask that you show us how we can share your provision with others.”
* Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
* And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:19
Prayer: “Lord please make our home a place of peace. May it be a home where all who come to visit feel welcome and feel your love.”
* Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it Hebrews 13:2
* Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace 1 Peter 4:9-10
Prayer: “Lord help our family grow closer to you while we live in this home. Help us to advance your Kingdom as we live in this home.”
* And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
* He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come” Luke 11:2
Prayer: Lord we ask for your Blessing on our home. We invite your leadership of our home and we submit ourselves to you.
* And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
* Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29
* Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever. 2 Samuel 7:29
If you have just moved into a new home, I’d like to extend this post to you as my housewarming gift.
I pray that you and your family live an amazing adventure of faith while you live in your new home.
About Jeremy Lee
Jeremy is a 20 yr. Youth Ministry veteran. In 2011 he started ParentMinistry.net He’s also the creator of ParentZilla.com and co-creator of Uthmin.net. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible and the Ignite Bible for Young Teens. He lives in Nashville, TN with his beautiful wife and two boys.