As a family, we face many challenges together. We rely on one another for emotional support, to help us out in a time of need, and to just be there for us. One of the best ways to strengthen our bond as a family is to pray together. Prayer is a powerful tool that can bring us closer to God and each other. Let’s discuss the importance of praying together as a family, how to start family prayer, and some short prayers that you can use with your family.
Family Praying Together
There’s so much importance in praying together as a family. It is a way to build our relationship with God and with one another. By praying together as a family, you are strengthening your family bonds. Prayer points everyone to God, which will make life easier for you when difficult situations arise. We all need strength from time to time and sometimes we forget how much power there truly is in prayer!
There are other benefits of praying together as a family. Have you ever heard the phrase families that pray together stay together? Well, this is true! It will help your family stay strong and united during difficult times. This can be especially beneficial if there have been any major changes such as a move or death in the family recently because everyone needs support from each other now more than ever before.
Praying together as a family encourages communication and closeness. Family members will be encouraged to pray for one another as well as give thanks to God for what He has done. Praying together gives a common goal as you pray about different situations. It helps your children learn about prayer by hearing from others.
How To Start Family Prayer
Now that we have gone over why it’s important to pray together with our families, let’s talk about how to start family prayer. You may think that praying together sounds like an intimidating task, especially with young children, but I promise it doesn’t take much time out of your day (unless you want it to) and will only strengthen bonds within your family.
You may be new to this, but I assure you it’s not hard. Just have everyone gather together in a room or even at the table after a meal. There should be no distractions like phones or TV going off so that you can focus on what matters most: your family time!
Once all of the family members are present and quiet for this special moment with God, then start by thanking God for your family. Before praying about whatever problems may be weighing heavily on your heart, take some time to praise God. Take turns sharing prayers aloud until each person has had their say.
Check out these other ways that you can start praying as a family:
– Have someone read aloud from a devotional book before saying grace at dinner; then pray together afterward (or vice versa).
– Dedicate part of each day to family prayer time. For example, every morning after breakfast or each evening as part of your bedtime routine.
– Give one person in your house responsibility over leading prayers while another member leads a Bible study session once per week.
– Make sure all family members know how important it is for them to pray together as often as possible, even if they don’t want to at times! Prayer gives the opportunity to pray in agreement with God and His ways instead of our ways.
As moms, unless we prioritize our relationship with God, it can easily fall by the wayside. Learn more about growing closer to God. As we grow closer to Him, we become a better wife and mother as well.
Family Prayer Night
Perhaps you want to incorporate a weekly or even monthly family prayer night. This is a designated time where you and your family can all come together, have some snacks (or dessert), and pray. This would be a more extended prayer time, and would probably work best if your children are a bit older.
If this is something you want to do, start by picking a day of the week that will work best for everyone in the home – then stick to it! Make sure everyone knows about this special night well ahead of time so they can prepare themselves both spiritually and mentally.
Here are some things you could pray about during your family prayer night:
– Praise God for all He has done for us throughout the past week or month; thank Him for our many blessings big and small.
– Ask forgiveness for any wrongs we may have committed against others knowingly or unknowingly.
– Pray for those in need around the world or even closer to home like neighbors/friends who may be struggling with health issues or financial problems.
– Pray for your local church and the missionaries they support.
– Pray for the leader of your state and country.
– Pray for family members and friends who don’t follow Jesus. Pray that you have opportunities to share the gospel with them.
Family Prayer Time
I hope this gave you some ideas for making family prayer time a priority in your family. As parents, we are entrusted with our children and are to lead and guide them in the things of God. What better way to do this than in spending time together in prayer?
The key is to make sure family prayer time is a priority in your family. I just know that God will strengthen and grow your family as you dedicate this time to Him!
Prayers For My Family
Exact words aren’t necessary when praying for your family. The most important thing is to be sincere and have faith that God will hear your prayers. Just have a conversation with Him. However, if you’re looking for some guidance, check out the sample prayers below.
Short Prayer For My Family
Maybe you’re just getting started or want some short prayers for your family to get you started. Here are some short family prayers to get you started.
“Lord, I thank You for my family. I ask that You keep us healthy and grow us closer to You and to each other. Amen.”
“Dear God, please bless my family and protect them from evil. May we always love each other as brothers do, with kindness in our hearts towards one another.”
“Heavenly Father, I come to You today asking that You would bless my family. Guide and protect them in all they do, keep them safe from harm and help them grow closer to You every day. Amen.”
Prayer For My Family in Difficult Times
Is your family going through a difficult time? If so, it’s more important than ever to keep you eyes focused on Jesus. It is through Him that we have the strength to get through those difficult seasons.
“Heavenly Father, we come before You today asking for Your guidance and protection. We are going through a difficult time and we need Your help to get us through it. Please watch over us and protect us from all harm. Give us the patience and courage to face whatever lies ahead. We thank You for all of the blessings You have given us and we ask that You would be with us during these tough times. Amen.”
“Lord, we come before You today asking for Your guidance and strength. We are going through a difficult time and we need Your help to get us through it. Please watch over us and protect us from all harm. Give us the patience and courage to face whatever lies ahead. We thank You for all of the blessings You have given us and we ask that You would be with us during these tough times. Amen.”
“Heavenly Father, things have been so tough lately. Please hold our family tightly together through this trial. Help us keep our eyes focused on You and not on our circumstances. We know that You are in control and have a plan in this. We can trust that you will bring us through to the other side. I thank You for being right here with us. Amen.”
Daily Prayer for Family
Are you looking for a general daily prayer for your family? Here are some daily family prayers that you can pray right now:
“Lord, please help us to be kind and understanding towards each other. Help us to forgive quickly and love unconditionally. May we always come together as a family in times of joy and sorrow. Amen.”
“Dear Lord, please help me to be a good role model for my children. Help me to set a good example for them and guide them in the right direction. I can’t do this without Your help. I pray that they will always come to You with any problems or concerns they may have. Amen.”
“Heavenly Father: Thank you for giving me such a wonderful family. I pray that You will bless them abundantly and keep them safe from harm. Guide and protect them every day, Lord, and let them feel Your love surrounding them always. Amen.”
Families That Pray Together Stay Together
The act of prayer and submitting ourselves to God is an important quality of a strong family. If you are pursuing God as a family, you are much more likely to have good relationships with one another. After all, God is the one who created family in the first place! As we come together to pray as a family, it solidifies our relationships with God and one another.
Do you have the habit of praying together as a family? How do you make family prayer time special? I’d love for you to comment below!
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