A Prayer for My Family in Utopia

You do not have, because you do not ask.

James 4:2(b), RSV 


This past week, our family met in Utopia for a few days of rest and relaxation. Our girls rode in in separate cars and my wife and I picked up our son and daughter in law and grandson in their hometown and rode in together. Utopia is in the hill country of Texas, near San Antonio, and has the Sabinal River running through the heart of town. If it sounds familiar to you, the movie Seven Days in Utopia was filmed there a few years back.


Utopia is always beautiful, but particularly so at this time of year. The leaves are changing and the weather is just about right. As a matter of fact, this year was so perfect we joked that it was like we had ordered it out of a catalog just for our stay. We got a cabin on the river and my grandson - nearly four - spent most of his vacation attempting to throw all of the rocks in Utopia into the river. Since there are millions of rocks, we got the cabin for three days.


As glorious and relaxing as this setting was, our main purpose in coming together for this mini family reunion was not just for looking at the changing leaves and throwing rocks back into the river. We met for a definite purpose this year, and that purpose was to discuss our prayers for each other for the upcoming year. Prior to our trip, we had asked everyone to think of one big thing that they would like the whole family to be specifically praying about for their lives during this next year.


Since the girls had to leave early to get back to their jobs, we gathered on the front porch on the first night and talked about the desires of our hearts. Each one of us, from Carolyn and I to our 31 year old son and his sweet wife, our 27 year old daughter and our 21 year old daughter, revealed to the others what we would like for them to be praying for us. I won't tell you all of the specific prayer requests, but they were big, they were important, and they were the most pressing things that each of us had on our hearts. For two hours we laughed and dreamed and revealed our hearts to one another, and then at the end of that time we committed to each other that we would bring their prayer request before God, each day, without fail, as we went before the Lord in our own prayers.


We ended the evening in prayer.


Now, I don't know how you feel about this. You might think that it's a fine idea, but that it wouldn't work for your family, and you might be right. On the other hand, you might be surprised. As a matter of fact, you might be amazed at what the Lord can do when His precious children humbly beseech His will for each other in prayer. I know that I am looking forward to praying for the desires of my family's hearts this year, and I am looking forward to the results.


And I am thankful to God that He allowed us to be together for three days in Utopia to dream big dreams and pray big prayers.


And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

the words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 21:22, RSV