Praying with your children – at church and at home
During Thy Kingdom Come, Christians all over the world will pray for people to come to know Jesus’ love. Here are some simple ideas you might like to use or adapt for your family to join in too.
Getting ready – Working together as a family team
- Gather five ice block sticks and a candle (a tea light candle is ideal).
- Choose five people you would like to pray for— friends or neighbours, people at school, college or work.
- Chose a prayer space and put the candle in the centre of it. Make sure it’s somewhere that the whole family can see easily—a table or a low shelf, maybe. You may like to add some flowers, a Bible and/or, a cross to your prayer space.
- Cut out five hearts and write the names of the people you will pray for on these hearts—one name on each heart. Place the hearts in a circle around the candle in your prayer space.
- Write the names of the people you will pray for on the ice block sticks—one name on each. Place each stick next to the heart with the same name.
- Make an A4 sized reminder poster and Blu tack it to the inside of your front door. This will remind you to pray whenever you leave the house.
- Every day, each person chooses who they will pray for. If there are more than five people in your family, add extra names and ice block sticks. If there are fewer than five people in your family, have someone pray for two people each day.
- At the start of the day, gather by your prayer space. Light the candle and pray the Lord’s Prayer together as a family.
- Each person chooses someone to pray for that day and takes that person’s ice block stick. Put the stick in your pocket or bag. Whenever you see it or touch it during the day, pray, ‘Dear God, please may [Name] come to know Jesus’ love.’
- At the end of the day, gather by your prayer space. Light the candle and have each person take out the stick they had for the day.
- Each person holds their stick and says who they were praying for. Place the stick next to the person’s heart shape and pray, ‘Dear Jesus, we know that you love [Name]. Please help us show them your love. Amen.’
- Finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer together.
Other ways to pray
Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to people lives.
If you’re doing family prayer as per the above instructions, you may like to replace the hearts with small stones, writing people’s names on the each stone and holding the stone as you pray for that person.
As a family, choose five people you would regularly like to pray for to come to know God’s love. Write their names down on a list. Post this list on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or inside your backdoor…anywhere where you will see it each day, this then becomes a reminder to pray. You could extend this by adding one of the ideas below.
Each person takes a piece of string or cord, and ties five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have all committed to pray for. You can tie it round your wrist or on the chain of your key ring or cell phone. Anywhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each of your five people to come to know God’s love.
At the end of each day, gather as a family and together, prayer for your five people and together share how God has helped you to remember to prayer for each of them throughout the day.
Our jigsaw prayer is a good way to direct prayer about a variety of situations the people in our world may be facing. Click here to read the instructions.
Journey to Pentecost
Our friends at Strandz have create a wonderful Kiwi Pentecost resource called “Journey to Pentecost.” A great way to explore a daily time of family devotions.
In a similar style to a Christmas tree, you can make a family ‘Pentecost Tree!’ Each day from Sunday 12-19 May, families read together the story of the road to Emmaus through to Pentecost and God’s call to us today. After each reading, you add the decoration that corresponds to that days reading to your tree.
This is a perfect time to prayer together for your five friends to come to know God’s love for them. You may even like to use the heart template attached to create a cardboard decoration for each of these five people and add these decorations to your Pentecost tree.
These “Journey to Pentecost” kits can be used year after year, creating a special family tradition. Each kits cost $5.00 plus postage and are available from the Strandz website.