Do you believe that “the family that PRAYS together, STAYS together”? I do! Praying before meals is good. Bedtime prayers are great. Praying, “Lord, keep my car on the road” is one we’ve all used.
What does praying together look like for you and your family? Do you pray silently? Do the kids do all the praying? This past Sunday, the Big KZ lesson from Matthew 6 or Luke 11 is known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Just as Jesus taught His disciples to pray, we are to pray in the same way.
Some of you have told me great stories about bold prayers your kids have prayed. But other times when I ask parents about praying with/for their family, I am often told that they never pray out loud. Parents: Our children need to hear us pray!
Here’s what prayer looks like in my family (although, this may differ for you). Doug and I began praying (out loud, together) when we were dating. Prayer was a huge part of our relationship as we grew closer to God and to each other. This continued after we were married and as our family grew, we taught our children to pray as well. Today Doug and I pray together and with our kids before work and school, before meals, at bedtime, on the way to church, when we hear sirens, or hear of a prayer request for a friend or loved one, etc. Do we believe in the power of prayer? You Bet!
I was thrilled when I came across this article called “Praying Over Your Children in the New Year” by Whitney Lett. She uses “The Lord’s Prayer” from Matthew chapter 6 to pray like this for her boys:
Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.
Father, may my boys come to know You as their Savior. May they learn to honor Your name and understand that You alone are holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Father, I beg that Your return would be soon, but until that day I ask that Your will be carried out in the lives of my boys. No matter what that entails, no matter where that takes them, and no matter if it makes any sense to me at all, may Your will be done.
Give us today our daily bread.
Thank You for each and every provision that You make in our lives. Help my children to understand that not one thing comes to us that doesn’t pass through Your Providential hands. Even the very breath that gives us continued life comes from You. May we always be grateful.