You may be familiar with the saying, “A Family That Prays Together Stays Together.” I can’t help but notice the number of families who are not speaking to each other or are divided by separation or divorce. Could one of the reasons be that they did not pray together? Prayer is a direct line of communication with God the Father. We speak to Him, and He speaks back to us. It may be in an audible voice, a prompting in our spirits or minds, or through someone else.
When we pray together it strengthens the bond of our earthly relationships to our spiritual relationship with God. When we neglect to pray together the opposite effect happens. If you are desiring to build a stronger spiritual connection with the ones you share a home with and possibly a blood line, then put these 3 simple ways in practice.
1. Schedule a time to have family prayer. Just as we have schedules for sports practices and games and work schedules, we should schedule a time for the family to come together and pray together. Talk with your family members to see what day(s) and time(s) are best and pencil it in. Choose whether it is daily or weekly, and make a written commitment that you all will be consistent in keeping the scheduled time.
2. Pray on the go. We tend to lead busy lives with all of the responsibilities we have and the organizations we belong to. These types of obligations tend to be the reason we don’t have time to talk to God. No more excuses. You and the family can pray on the way to and/or from school, while traveling to practices and/or games, or while heading out for a day of shopping.
3. Create a family prayer request book/journal. Often times we pray to God and forget about the prayer days later. With this idea you log the prayer requests of each family member, date it, and have a column to log the date when the prayer request is answered. The prayer book/journal is a reminder of God’s faithfulness that He hears us and He answers us. It also builds the family bond of praying until something happens.
As you can see these 3 ways are super simple and doable. So what are you waiting for? Get to praying! Remember, in all that you do include God because, after all, He is a part of our family—He is our Father.