There have been times I have walked into a home and felt an overwhelming pressure upon my spirit. I felt like the atmosphere could almost choke me. Outside the sun is beaming but as soon as I walk into the home, there is nothing but weariness.
Have you ever felt that? Have you ever felt it in your own home?
Do not be ashamed to nod yes to the question. There are seasons in our lives where there is burdensome and havoc and it chases us place to place, room to room. There have been times for myself of this.
Like during the trail of my divorce; most days it was not an atmosphere I would want anyone to walk into. Especially in the evening time during dinner. It was when I felt the most alone. My entire attitude would change for the worse instantly even if I was having a good day.
Or when my youngest son was in the hospital last year and we almost lost him. At one point I didn’t leave the hospital for nineteen days. I made the decision to stay in ICU with him everyday. But my husband had to leave every night to go take care of our other three children. He would take them to school before spending twelve hours a day at the hospital with me then leave in the evening to pick up the children from their grandparents home. That was his routine for a twenty-one days.
My husband would have to go home every night for nineteen days without his wife and twenty-one days without his child. He had heartbreak on him. The burden made him tired emotionally and physically.
As you can just imagine, when I walked into our home from the hospital one day to shower and take a nap in my own bed after nineteen days of not doing so, I felt the atmosphere shift from the moment I unlocked my front door.
I felt as if I walked into a war zone. I continued on into our bedroom, the room was bright, unlike the rest of the house that was dark and gloomy. Our bedroom felt free and restful. As I sat on our bed and began to pray for my family and our child that was not there in that home with me for the first time since he was born, I felt my husband’s presence in that room. I felt our spirits in sync. This is because in that bedroom, we have prayed many times together for it to be our sanctuary as a married couple. My husband had continued prayer while I had been gone.
He kept it as our sanctuary even when I was not there. A prayer that I always prayed came to life.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.
Mark 11:24 NASB
Prayer is big in our home. It is a vital part of our walk with Christ. Prayer is what keeps the intimacy between us and God.
In our home we pray together as a family. We pray when big decisions needs to be made, changes are happening, and when exciting things are happening. Whatever it is, we do our best to pray together as a family. Meaning, to include each of our children in prayer time too.
Physically cleaning the home to make it look nice, and restful for when my husband and children walk through the doors is a given for me but what I have learned is that having a clean kitchen and living room does not always mean your home is clean.
Years ago, the Lord showed me I had to start praying room to room in my home. To anoint the pillows in every bedroom and to pray for peace in each room. To pray for protection, provision, joy, and for the word of God to dwell in that place. I was to pray for whatever the spirit was leading me to pray.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 ESV
God wanted me to take prayer deeper than just my living room. He was leading me room to room to pray for every situation within the walls of the home.
When walking into my daughter’s room to pray, I felt the leading to pray for her spiritually gifts to be revealed to her, for her bedroom to become a place of revelation, and that no spirit of depression may enter.
For my oldest son, I would feel the leading to pray for leadership skills to enhance. I also prayed for his bedroom to become a place of knowledge. That as he would read, he would gain wisdom. I began to war against any spirits that had plans to attack him in his future.
After seven years of praying like this in my home, keeping the commitment of praying for the home once a month has become an vital part of my prayer life. It is a time for me to become intimate with the Lord as I walk room to room and pray for where God leads me to pray.
I anoint the doorways, the windows, the pillows and bed posts in every room. Each room is individually prayed for. I pray for each child in our home, for the master bedroom to become a sanctuary to our marriage, and for no defilement may come into the marriage.
I pray over our animals and for every part of our land. That the land our home lays on is prosperous and protected by the hand of God.
I pray for whomever steps onto it may immediately feel the presence of God.
I choose to do this task because this is where the Lord spoke to me to cover and cleanse our home. This does not replace any amount of prayer time for me or my family. If anything, the time I take once a month gives me more accountability to continuously be in prayer for all things.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV
Feeling burden in your home for a season is not a time to be ashamed; instead it is a time to begin warring for the home and for all who dwells within. For when we feel like the desolate times are near in our lives through the form of: losing a job, illness in a family member, children expressing rebellion, or any other chaos that feels like it is taking control over the home, you will be confident that your preparation of prayer in the home will take place.
Even when I walked into my home without my family that day and I felt heaviness swarm around me in majority of the home, the one place that my husband prayed every night before going to sleep was overwhelming with peace and I was able to feel the prayers working through.
The presence of God was dwelling there and it kept our bedroom as our sanctuary. Without that I don’t know if my husband would have been able to do what he did for 21 days. He encouraged me daily, endured physical strength to care for our children, maintained wellness with little sleep, and sat with me at the hospital twelve hours a day.
My prayer for you today is that you seek the Lord and ask Him where to clean your home. What needs prayer? Who needs prayer? Allow Him to lead you through your home room to room. Be blessed by the presence of God and with the revelation of His power in every room of your home.