In honor of the National Day of Prayer, May 3, 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about prayer in the home. During the years our boys were growing up, we always made time for prayer in our home. Prayer was and is an integral part of our family and life. No matter what your religious beliefs, I believe teaching the power of prayer to children is time well spent.
Here are a couple of suggestions for teaching prayer in the home:
1. Make prayer a regular occurrence in your home; upon awaking, before bed and at each meal.
2. Demonstrate prayer through your own actions; have your children observe you in prayer.
3. Teach children to start each prayer with gratitude and praise, not to ask for something.
4. Pray together and make prayer a family activity.
“The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.”
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