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Seven Creative Ways to Pray as a Family

What can your family do to incorporate prayer into daily life? Consider these creative ideas from mom and author Mary DeMuth:

Embrace technology.

We live in a digital age, and our family has learned the value of technology in praying with, and for, one another—using e-mail, text messaging, and even social networking sites. I’ve e-mailed my petitions for my kids to them: they’ve texted their requests, and I’ve responded with specific prayers. When I travel, we pray together over the phone. And when they write to me on Facebook about their stress, I intercede for them in the message back.

And yet, turn it off.

Prayer is often put on the back burner because of our media-saturated lives. Create a safe zone in your home and a period of time where you fully disconnect from television, music, the Internet, and general computer usage. In that quiet, sacred space, encourage your kids to listen to God—the other side of prayer we often don’t practice. Spend time as a family voicing concerns, joys, and needs together in the quiet. Consider walking in your neighborhood park as another way to unplug from the world and plug into God’s heart.

Record your prayers.

When my children were younger, we used a blackboard to keep track of prayer requests and how God answered them. With colored chalk, I divided the board into three sections: date, request, and answer. We took turns sharing our requests; then one of us would write down the date and the need. As God specifically answered our prayers, we’d log the date and how He answered. Other ideas: You can record prayers on a dry erase board in the kitchen or dining room—or jot them in a family journal or simple notebook kept in a basket on your dinner table. Tracking God’s activity, no matter what form it takes, strengthens your kids’ faith and deepens their resolve to communicate with Him.

Draw a name.

Each week (or month), have everyone draw another family member’s name. During the designated period of time, pray for that person.

Listen, then act.

In this crazy world where a cacophony of voices vie for your kids’ attention, what they really want is your listening ear. Stop, listen, and strive to hear their hearts. As they share frustrations or worries, pray for them in the moment. Don’t just promise you’ll do so.

Turn highs and lows into a springboard.

We share our ups and downs around the dinner table every night. Why not take conversation a step further by using those highs and lows as a springboard for prayer after the meal? Pray for the person on your left or right, or across from you for variety.

Visit a prayer room together.

Many churches and ministries offer prayer rooms—sacred spaces where you can experience different aspects of praying. These are often are highly creative, allowing for musical expression, artistic response, a global view of the church, and ways to repent and intercede. Research online to find a prayer room near you.

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.


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  • October 25, 2011 11:22 AM

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    wonderful ideas. I only wish that I had of been more commited when I ws young and our children were at home but its never to late so I have started with my children and grand children now- talking about the lord and knowing him personally and going to church and learning about him. thank you so much and may God Bless you
  • October 21, 2011 04:42 AM

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    Thank you so much, we will start listing down our prayer requests...my daughters will be able to see how God answers prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family.
  • October 19, 2011 10:05 AM

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    amazing ideas!!! I love the idea of pulling names at the dinner table and praying for that person, we as a family do not pray together excpet at dinner so now I have ways to make it happen more often. With 2 teenagers, it is so important to make sure they stay on the path of the Lord and this will help us so much. Your ministry is a blessing and I am truely thankful for it. God Bless you all.
  • October 18, 2011 08:35 AM

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    May God bls u for u r advices. i always follow it
  • October 12, 2011 08:44 PM

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    I love to use the ideas with my family. My sisters and thier children, We all meet once a month and have family prayer together.
  • October 09, 2011 11:07 PM

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    when my little boy gets a little older we will be doing this... Thanks. God bless.
  • October 09, 2011 10:11 PM

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    This is Great, so true, and what a blessing the result is when like in my family, when you have 7 grandkids that all share how they Love the Lord,and what He is doing for them.
  • October 09, 2011 01:08 PM

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    One of my Sunday School members had a notebook that she always wrote down any prayer request, who it was for and circumstances. She used these notes when she prayed. I started doing that as well in 1994. I placed all my family members on one page as prayed for them daily as well. I will incorporate all the excellent ideas found here. Thanks to all the people who make up INTOUCH. You all really do make a difference.
  • October 09, 2011 12:20 PM

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    A family that prays together, really does stays together! This is true if you don't believe it, I dare you try it. Be blessed all...
  • October 08, 2011 09:00 PM

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    My family had Bible study for over ten years and just stop for a year. We had Bible study last night and studied out of your magazine on October 3,5,5,6 and it was great so we are back together again. Thanks for your In Touch reading every day. The LORD has really Bless us. Thank You again and again. Helen Craig
  • October 08, 2011 04:40 PM

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    Thnank you for this ideas, God bless you.
  • October 08, 2011 07:12 AM

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    great ideas Dr Standly going to try the chalk board idea.. May God continue to bless you and your ministry..
  • October 06, 2011 05:27 PM

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    Great ideas! It is so true how prayer can get neglected. It is however the most important time of the day when we talk and listen to GOD.
  • October 06, 2011 04:11 PM

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    Great article. I'm passing it along to another friend.
  • October 06, 2011 03:03 PM

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    This ideas are wonderful! With life's chaos I can't even think of anything this creative! Thank you Dr. Stanley.
  • October 06, 2011 12:45 PM

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    thank you for the wonderful ideas.
  • October 06, 2011 04:04 AM

    by I_Thank_Reservoir

    I have found that prayer helps. My family never prayed for me and did not like me praying - it was for workers - however, I have been praying since 1976 and like that faith is a science of its own. Getting to God is the gift of Christ - I really am happy that I have my life at 58; though my family "cut me off" - that is their choice. Other than that I am liberal to the world and conservative personally. Jesus Christ did not caste out Jesus Christ, so he is easy to follow no matter.
  • October 05, 2011 10:28 PM

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    Thank you for the great Ideas, Going to start now
  • October 05, 2011 05:36 PM

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    thanks for sharing these ideas
  • October 05, 2011 12:55 PM

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    These are really helpful, doable ideas!
  • October 05, 2011 12:26 PM

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    Brilliant ideas. Will surely find them useful
  • October 05, 2011 11:53 AM

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    Each member of our family prays aloud once we get in the vehicle, before music or movies begin. It is priceless to hear what is on the hearts of children. We started this when my oldest daughter was born before she could talk and now my girls are 3, 5 & 7 and they share the most amazing prayers. What an honor it is to share in that intimate moment with my family before God. And how better to start your day!!
  • October 05, 2011 11:08 AM

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    Very well said, we as a family will stat doing some of the Prayer ideas presented in your email. Thank you and May God continue to bless you, your family and church family-Mary
  • October 05, 2011 08:17 AM

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    great ideas

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