Family United or Family Divided – Day 2

Hi Friends,

Today we’ll continue our conversations about The Five Keys To Family Bonding.  If you’re joining us for the first time, you’ll want to read yesterday’s post first to find out what Key #1 is before advancing to Key #2 which we’ll talk about now.

Key # 2  – Memorable Prayers

Have you ever heard of the old saying, A family that prays together stays together? I believe there is a lot of truth hidden within those words. Praying is a powerful and effective way to bond as a family but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated.

When our boys were little we helped them memorize the Lords Prayer, a special bedtime prayer, and a traditional mealtime prayer that has been in our family for generations. It was a great way to introduce them to praying on a daily basis and helped them get comfortable with praying out loud. As they got older, we taught them the importance of praying from the heart – including words of praise, thanksgiving, confession of sins, and special requests. We incorporated more spontaneous praying and used less of the memorized prayers.

Now that our boys are teenagers they are very comfortable with praying. I believe it’s because we started praying with them at a very young age. Even if you haven’t prayed with your children in the past, it’s never too late to start. Praying as a family brings honor to God.

God loves hearing our prayers and He longs for His children to talk with Him. It’s important that we not only share our requests with God but take a few moments of quiet stillness during our prayer time, to wait for God’s response.

Here are some suggestions that will help engage your kids in prayer and make it a memorable experience:

  • Pray in the car with your children as you’re leaving the house to run errands or to go on a road trip.
  • Have your children pray for one another. It actually draws them closer together and can even minimize sibling squabbles or rivalry.
  • Ask your child how you can be praying for them today. Sometimes our kids are struggling with issues but don’t tell us. This shows them we care.
  • While driving down the road, if you see a homeless person or an accident on the highway, take time right then to pray for those people. Let your children initiate the prayers since you will most likely be the one driving.
  • At mealtimes, have each person in your family share one thing they’re thankful for and then include in a group prayer at the table.
  • Hold hands when you prayer as a family. This is a sure way of creating closeness within your family during prayer time.
  • Be consistent and pray with your family daily. When my husband is out of town for work, we’ll call him in the evenings and pray over the phone together.

I hope these ideas are helpful. Feel free to create your own and add to the list as your family starts implementing memorable prayer moments this week.  Tomorrow, I’ll post Key #3 so be sure to stop by again for more helpful tips.

In the meantime, I’d love for you to leave a comment sharing your own ideas about your family’s memorable prayer moments and see if we can add to the list above. If you like this post, how about sharing it with a friend on Facebook or Twitter? Maybe they can join us right back here tomorrow! See you then…

Leah

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