As parents of more than one, sibling rivalry can be one of our greatest challenges. Lucky for us, we don’t have to read every book on the market for strategies to deal with it–we can just go straight to the Source of Peace and Reconciliation and request a miracle, then watch God work His magic. 😉
I pray for my children and their relationship with all family members. Protect and preserve them from any unresolved or permanent breach. Fill their hearts with Your love and give them an abundance of compassion and forgiveness that will overflow to each member of the family. Specifically, I pray for a close, happy, loving, and fulfilling relationship between __(name of child)___ and ___(name of family member)___ for all the days of their lives. May there always be good communication between them and may unforgiveness have no root in their hearts. Help them to love, value, appreciate, and respect one another so that the God-ordained tie between them cannot be broken. I pray according to Your Word, that they “be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).
Teach my children to resolve misunderstandings according to Your Word. And if any division has already begun, if any relationship is strained or severed, Lord, I pray that You will drive out the wedge of division and bring healing. I pray that there be no strain, breach, misunderstanding, arguing, fighting, or separating of ties. Give them a heart of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Your Word instructs us to “be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8). Help my children to live accordingly, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). In Jesus’ name I pray that You would instill a love and compassion in my children for all family members that is strong and unending, like a cord that cannot be broken.
Thank You, Jesus! Amen.
from the “Maintaining Good Family Relationships” chapter of Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying Parent
(could also be used to dissolve conflict between a child & parent or any other family member, just fill in the blank)