Principles of family prayer (part 1)

You may or may not know that I am the coordinator for kids prayer at my church. I love praying with kids, especially my own. There is such an purity and trust that comes through when they pray. Prayer is simply a conversation with God, and children love to talk to Him–and to hear from Him too.

 I have been teaching a series on “The 7 Be’s of Family Prayer” at different churches for over a year now and have had a lot of positive response.  I wanted to summarize this teaching to help your family in this area. I hope something that is said in this series will ignite your family to pray together more often. 

Principle 1: Be Consistent

God rewards faithfulness. Prayer is something that we do everywhere, all the time (Eph. 6:18). Be instant in season and out of season, ready to pray anytime. Make it a lifestyle. When you pray through your day, your children see that you don’t just pray at church or at mealtimes, but God is always ready to talk with us. If you hear of a tragedy somewhere or you pass an accident on the road, take a moment to pray about it. If someone comes to your mind several times, especially if you do not often think of them, pray for them. Pray all events that happen in your family.

Encourage your children to have quiet time with God. Even 4 or 5 year-olds can listen to praise music or a Bible on tape and have a few quiet moments to think about God. Schedule it into their day and as they grow older it will be a habit they treasure.

Make it a routine, not a stale ritual, to take everything to the Lord in prayer. You will grow closer together as a family, you will have more peace because you allowed God into your daily life and you will have greater joy seeing the answers to those prayers.

The 4th R and prayer

I had a light bulb moment that I can’t believe I’m admitting here. I have created a prayer journal. This is a spare notebook with dividers and notebook papers to put all thoughts of my family and friends and other things to pray over. I am so excited. And as a prayer leader and avid notebooker (the 4th R), why am I not doing this already? ummmmm……

Sometimes the simplest things can elude you. I have been trying to pray from memory, writing thoughts on little pieces of paper, sticky notes and old receipts. What a way to record people’s most important needs! I should show these requests more respect than that. And how on earth would I ever be able to note the answer, given that I can even remember to pray before I lose it.

Well, now all those issues are resolved. I have little dividers to keep things organized, and a home for all those precious requests, with room to record the answers. So from now on, if you ask me to pray, take comfort that you will be added to my little notebook. And I will ask you about it later, so we can rejoice in God’s answer.

5 reasons to keep a prayer journal

  • place to track your prayers and answers (insights, scriptures, etc)
  • it is scriptural to write things down
  • it will help you in your prayer time
  • following up builds relationships
  • to have a record of God’s faithfulness