Oh Lord, I pray for my marriage and my relationship with my children also. I know that there are days where we are divided on things we say and do, and it is very difficult to get through to them. This causes a rift between them and myself, where unnecessary arguments arise. How often do I wish I could take back what has been said to my wife and children at these times. And later I say sorry, but it isn’t always enough. This is when things get very difficult in the home, even to the point of people distancing themselves from each other. And oh how sorry I am for being a cause of this type of rift with my family. Our relationship could be much better, and it simply isn’t where it should be. I remember how things have been in the past when You are leading each one of us and it is awesome. That is when we are more calm, considerate, patient, kind, and loving. There are fewer arguments, but, instead, rational questions and discussions with a softer tone. Some people may think I am demeaning them in this softer tone, but if they just knew how much I loved them, they would understand. So Lord, take what is broken in my marriage and my children’s relationship now and mend it with the Holy Spirit. Lately, we have come together in Bible study each night, but still, I can feel a rift in my marriage and the relationship with my children. So help me speak the truth in love to them. And may their hearts be softened also, that we may begin having conversations one with another that does not end in arguments. I know that if Your love takes hold of my life and theirs, this marriage can last, even until death. I also know that relationships will become stronger than ever. So help me in my marriage and relations with my children. I believe in You. I love You. Amen.