Two of my biggest desires in life are to be a praying man and a family man.
I want to pray more, because I know that I am completely dependent upon God. I want to be a family man, because I know that God has given me my wife and children. I want to lead my wife and kids to know the Lord!
I enjoy praying with my children, and my children have grown to enjoy that I pray regularly with them. With that said, I sometimes fail at being a family man and praying man. I know that God is patient with me to give me endurance and encouragement to keep striving to be a faithful man.
Over the years, I have found these 5 Simple Ways to Pray more often with my family:
Before School I have the great opportunity to take my sons to school each morning. Each morning as we approach the school, we turn the radio off and I pray for them. I pray about all kinds of things: schoolwork, classmates, teachers, safety, athletics, projects, new students, friends, field trips, etc. This routine has become such a key piece to our mornings together. Beginning your day by seeking the Lord is wise.
Big Events As the kids grow, life gets more and more full. This season of life and parenting is so much fun. It seems we are always headed to some special event. We have been to spelling bees, speech meets, ball games, tryouts, tournaments, programs, dance recitals, services, etc. Before we hop out of the car, I like to stop my family or child and pray with them, asking God to lead us and use us. Often times, we are walking into the event, and I pray as we walk with my arm around their shoulder.
Before Meals This is a common prayer time for many people, but I want to remind us that it is still meaningful. Praying before your meal should not be neglected. Whether at home or out at a restaurant, we pause to pray and thank God for the food. We pray for the food wherever we are – in a gas station, at a park for a picnic, in the school cafeteria, in the car for a drive-thru, etc. If God has provided the meal, we want to thank Him.
At Bedtime Life is busy and fast-paced, and there are many nights when the kids are getting into bed too late. Honestly, there are many nights where I carry them to bed because they have already fallen asleep. However, as often as I am able, I love to pray with them before they go to sleep. Nearly every night, I will talk to them and then turn out the lights. Then I pray with them. Before bedtime is also one of the best times to teach them to pray and to lead them in prayers of their own. Ending your day by seeking the Lord with thankfulness is special.
In the Car We pray in the car all the time! On the way to an event, beginning a road-trip, ending a road-trip, thanking God for food, passing a bad accident, etc. When life is busy, there are not many times when we are together with peace and quiet. In the car is an excellent time to settle down and re-group. The car rides together have become a joy to our family.
With all sincerity,
Your Pastor, Josh