Family Prayer Tips

USING SCRIPTURE

Praying with Scripture prayers - Prayers that can be offered quickly and with accuracy.  Use simple but meaningful phrases from Scripture, based on the fact that there is power in God’s Word!  The phrases can also be repeated.  For example:
God is our refuge and strength.  Psalm 46:1
This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24
Rejoice in the Lord always.  Philippians 4:4
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13
 
Movement in Scripture prayers - Read and create hand motions to the powerful prayers from the Bible such as from the Psalms, Daniel, Jonah, and Ephesians.
 
Scripture made personal - An important way to be empowered in prayer and to gain confidence is to use the Word itself.  As you pray, just insert the name(s) of those for whom you are praying.
_______, who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  ______will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
 
Lord’s Prayer from Scripture and in our own words, for example:
Our Father, Who art in heaven - Thank you God for creating me and everything.
Hallowed be Your name - May everything I say honor You, God.

 

USING VISUALS

File Folder Prayer - This prayer format is wonderful for children and families. You’ll need: manila file folders for each person, sticky notes, colorful stickers and markers to decorate. Once the outside of the folder is decorated, give each family member several sticky notes. Write one prayer concern on each note. Place them inside on the right side of the folder. Pray over them daily. At the end of a week’s time, consider each prayer concern. If prayers have been answered the sticky note is moved to the left side of the folder.  If the concern is cause to continual prayer, it stays on the right.
Paper airplane prayers - Ask each family member to write a simple prayer on a sheet of paper. Form into an airplane shape, and fly it to another member. When each person has a plane in hand, go around the circle and offer prayers on behalf of each other.