Before we had completely unpacked and settled in, our sweet friends, Zachary and Heather, came over to pray over our new home with us. They have a “Common Prayer” book which proved to be perfect for the situation. We found the chapter written for new homes, and then stood at each of the places list in the prayer, and read along together. The sound of all our of our voices reading as one was soothing, yet powerful. It was a special moment and we were happy to sharing this time of prayer with the friends who we have spent the last four months living with.
Here is the prayer:
At the Doorway – May God give His blessing to this house that is here. God bless this house from roof to roof, from wall to wall, from end to end, from it’s foundation to its covering. In the strong name of the Triune God. All disturbances cease. Captive spirits freed. God’s Spirit alone dwell within these walls. We call upon the Sacred Three, to save, shield and surround, this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.
In the Living Room – There is a friend’s love in the gentle heart of the Saviour. For love of Him we offer friendship and welcome every guest. Lord, kindle in my heart a flame of love to my neighbour, to my enemies, my friends, my kindred all. From the lowliest thing that liveth to the name that is highest of all.
At a Warm Place – (Our Office/ Study Room) Come to a warm place in this house, come in the name of Christ. My heart and I agree. Welcome in the name of the Lord. There is a fiery power in the gentle heart of the Spirit. Our hearts are agreed as we kneel by the hearth, and call on the Sacred Three. To save, shield and surround us and our kin, this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.
In the Kitchen – I would welcome the poor and honour them. I would welcome the sick in the presence of angels, and ask God to bless and embrace us all. Seeing a stranger approach, I would put food in the eating place. Drink in the drinking place. Music in the listening place. And look with joy for the blessing of God who often comes to my home in the blessing of a stranger. We call upon the Sacred Three, to save, shield and surround, this house, this home, this day, this night, and every night.
For the Bedroom of a Married Couple – Peace be here in the name of the King of life. The peace of Christ above all peace. The Lord’s blessing over you. Peace between person and person. Peace between husband and wife. The peace of Christ above all peace. Peace between lovers in the love of the King of life.
At the Door – Christ, in our coming and in our leaving. The Door and the Keeper, for us and our dear ones. This day and every day. Blessing for always. Amen