I grew up praying mostly only at church. Prayer in the home happened at meal times and crisis times. I am quite sure much quiet prayer happened in bedrooms, on the front porch, and on the living room couch. We did not however pray together as a family unit. I wanted that for my family.
Children benefit greatly from participating in prayer. Prayer that originates in the home becomes a deep-rooted spiritual foundation that blossoms. Prayer that happens together in the home lights a fire inside the soul that strengthens the family unit and bonds collective spirits to one another. I always wanted that for my family.
Family prayer builds unity and harmony. Romans 15:5-6
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Family prayer invites God to join the conversation. Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Family prayer turns hearts toward God worship and away from man worship Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
I have encouraged the family I am now raising to pray more. I especially enjoy watching my husband lead us in prayer. Once we committed to 30 days of family prayer. It was wonderful! I want more of that for my family and yours.
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