One of the most powerful ways to foster this connection with God is through the practice of family prayer. In this post, I will share with you 7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer in your home. From setting a dedicated time and space to involving every family member, we will explore the essential elements needed to create a meaningful and consistent prayer routine.
7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer
1. Choose a Consistent Time
Select a time that works best for your family, whether it’s in the morning, during mealtime, or before bedtime.
Consistency is key in forming a habit, so aim for a time when everyone can gather together without distractions.
In our family, we pray together after dinner. Then, we also pray with our children before bed.
2. Find a Quiet Space
Designate a quiet and peaceful spot in your home where you can gather as a family for prayer. It could be a corner in the living room, a cozy nook, or even a space outdoors where you can connect with God’s creation.
For our family, we pray together at the dinner table. It’s not comfortable, but it’s in the same spot every day. It’s also a great way to not lose any children in the transition from dinner to prayer time.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Start small and set achievable goals for your prayer time.
Begin with a few minutes of focused prayer, gradually increasing the duration as your family becomes more comfortable with the routine.
Some Goals can include:
- Praying together once a day
- Praying for a specific amount of time- I would start with a short time and build up
- Having multiple people pray each time
- Praying for other people
- Making sure to add thanksgiving in your prayer time
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4. Engage Everyone
Encourage each family member to participate in prayer. Share personal prayer requests, express gratitude, and pray for one another.
Engaging children by asking them to share their own prayers can foster their spiritual growth and deepen their connection with God.
5. Utilize Prayer Resources
Explore prayer resources such as prayer journals, devotionals, or guided prayer apps that can provide structure and inspiration for your family’s prayer time.
These tools can help guide your conversations with God and make the experience more meaningful.
In our family, we don’t use any resources. We just pray for the things on our minds and for people who we feel we want to pray for.
6. Be Flexible
Understand that life can get busy, and schedules may change.
Be flexible in adapting your prayer routine to fit the demands of each season.
Remember, what matters most is the genuine intention to connect with God as a family.
In our family, not every night works to pray together. Sometimes I have to work, or we don’t have a lot of time between dinner and the next activity. We want to pray as often as we can, but we are also mindful that we don’t want it to become forced or something we just do.
7. Make it Interactive
Incorporate different prayer practices to keep your family engaged. It could be singing worship songs, reading scripture together, or even incorporating creative activities like drawing or writing prayers.
One thing we do is ask our children what they want to pray for and then encourage them to pray. If they don’t want to share, that’s ok- but this way they feel included in the prayer time.
By setting aside dedicated time for prayer and establishing a routine that works for your family’s schedule, you create space for God to work in your lives.
As you start praying as a family, remember that it is not just a task to be checked off but a beautiful opportunity to commune with God as a family, share your joys and concerns, and seek His guidance together.
May your commitment to family prayer bring unity, peace, and blessings that overflow into every aspect of your lives.
Embrace this practice, and watch as your family grows closer to God, experiences His presence, and witnesses the transformative power of prayer.
In the comments below, share your best tips to create a habit of family prayer.