My children enjoy praying — for new bicycles, good grades and vacations at Disneyland Resort. While I'm sure Christ delights in their heartfelt requests, I believe helping kids develop a broader prayer perspective is an important aspect of spiritual training. In hopes of fostering growth in this area, my family and I started praying regularly for our extended family members, using these child-friendly ideas:
Calendar connections. Create a yearlong calendar on your computer. List at least one family member's name or insert his photo on a given day of the week. Hang the calendar somewhere you and your children will be sure to see it, and pray together for that person on the specified dates.
Prayer pals. Draw names from a hat or assign each person a partner. On a regular basis, the prayer pals exchange letters or e-mails and make note of one another's prayer needs. Remember to include young children by encouraging them to voice their prayer needs while you transcribe their requests.
Texting tree. Using a contemporary twist on the old telephone tree, consider communicating prayer needs by texting. Send a text to your distribution list, and within seconds, the entire family receives your request.
Traveling prayer journal. While Facebook might enable you to communicate prayer requests with a few keystrokes, consider creating a prayer journal that could become a more permanent log of your family's prayer needs.
First, list the addresses of your extended family. Then, modify a blank journal or notebook by inserting tab dividers every few pages, one tab for each family or individual on your list. While spending time with your spouse and kids, record your family's prayer requests in the first section and label the tab with your names.
Send the journal to the first person or family on the list. Those relatives will know how to best pray for you and, in turn, can include any of their prayer needs before sending the log to the next family. Also make a note of answered prayers.
Copyright © 2010 by Tammy Kennington. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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