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Amazing Prayer Ideas for the Family

We all know how important it is for the family to gather together and pray as a unit, but honestly, how often does that actually happen in our busy day to day life? Shelly Calcagno, Director of Family Ministries here are Crossroads, knows that it can be challenging. Yet it needs to be taught and be one of the disciplines in the family. So she joins us here with some ideas on how we can raise prayers in the homes.

These are just a few ideas that we can help to get the children and family involved and more excited or pro-active in praying:

1)    Prayer Journal
Start a prayer journal as a family. Take some time once a week to write down some prayer requests as a family. And when the Lord answers them, remember to write down the praise reports too! It's a great way to bring everyone together and praise God as a family for His goodness.

2)    Prayer Board
At the beginning of the week, write down some short prayers and put them on the board. If you don't have a fancy board, just stick them up on the fridge! Put it somewhere that everyone can see everyday as a good reminder of the weekly requests. Everytime you step out the door or go to the fridge, you can see the requests and say a short prayer for it.

3)    Prayer Jar
It can be difficult for the family to find time together and sit down for a formal devotion. So alternatively, you can have a prayer jar where you can put different prayer requests in. Even the little ones will enjoy picking something out from the jar to pray for!

4)    Family Group Prayer Chat
t seem to find that time to chat as a family? Well, praise God for technology! A group chat via texting will be a great way to start prayer requests among your family too. It doesn't matter if the kids are off in school or living in another city, we can now text our prayer requests to the whole family or to let them know that we are praying for them at any time!

Shelly has also written a children's book, Tini's Tangles, that is based on the real life hair adventures of her daughter! Tini's Tangles is now available on our Crossroads eStore

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