7 Practical Ways to Start Praying as a Family

7 Practical Ways to Start Praying as a Family

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If you don’t plan prayer time with your family, it probably isn’t going to happen. Work, friends, school, sports, and other good things constantly distract you from life’s most important things like prayer and family bonding. Instead of falling into your regular routines this week, look for practical opportunities to introduce family prayer into each day.

Not sure where to start? Here are seven practical ways to start praying as a family.

1. Make it a daily habit

Make family prayer a habit. Set aside time each week when the family can come together to share their requests and speak to God. You can make this even easier by planning family prayer while everyone is already together, like before breakfast or after dinner.

During my wife’s childhood, her family would gather in the living room every night before bed. There, mom, dad, brother and sister would share their ups, downs, wins, and losses from that day, and then pray for each other. This daily habit transformed the way her family enjoyed life together.

2. Keep a written record

Write down prayer requests. Each week, keep track of which ones are answered, and remember God often answers prayers in unexpected and indirect ways.

Use a convenient prayer app to help keep everything in one place like Faithlife Groups. You can also use the prayer list feature in Logos Cloud to remind you to pray for each item on your list every day.

3. Pray before meals

Praying prior to meals is a great first step toward implementing more prayer into your family’s lifestyle. Don’t forget about praying together at restaurants, too—you may be setting a good example for more people than you think.

One of my pastors takes mealtime prayer a step further by bringing his Bible to the table. While the family eats, he reads through a passage and answers questions. He’s found this is a great way to engage conversation about the ups and downs of the day and provide encouragement, support, and prayer to each family member right where they are.

4. Be thankful

Many blessings often go unnoticed until they’re gone, such as health, wealth, family, and safety. Make it a daily habit to express thanks to each family member, and make it the first priority in your prayer time to give thanks to God for all things—big and small.

If you’re not sure where to start, try speaking or singing the doxology, a short hymn of praise that many Christians add to the end of their canticles, psalms, and hymns. These five stanzas won’t steer you wrong:

“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;

Amen.”

5. Post reminders

Jefferson Bethke, a well known Christian spoken word poet, recently posted a few photos of his chalkboard wall at home. For his family, this wall is a place where they can draw and write encouraging scripture for anyone who walks by.

A couple of his friends wrote Deuteronomy 31:6 in beautiful hand lettering:

  His wife Alyssa, and baby girl Kinsley, wrote Psalm 23 together:  

If you’re not ready to devote a wall to your prayer reminders, that’s okay. Try placing them on the door of the fridge, taped on the bathroom mirror, or use an app that let’s you share the list with the whole family. It’s encouraging to know that everyone is praying for you throughout the day.

6. Use prayer as a conversation tool

Praying together opens the way for further dialogue and encouragement throughout the week. Use your daily prayer time as a new opportunity to build awareness of what’s going on in your family’s everyday life.

Each day is an opportunity to spend with your family and God. Keep the lines of communication open. Look for practical opportunities to introduce family prayer.

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