5 Benefits of Praying Together as a Family

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Family Devotions, leaving a legacy, Prayers, Praying Together

We say mealtime prayers and pray with our kids at bedtime, but let’s also gather the family to seek God with the expectation for Him to answer!  Let’s fervently seek God’s heart and will; praise Him, thank Him, ask for forgiveness, and pray for others and our needs.

George Barna’s research revealed that less than 10% of parents in the church pray together with their kids other than at mealtimes.*  Let’s change those stats one family at a time starting this Easter as we lead our kids to trust Him through prayer.

Here are 5 benefits for praying with our children:

  1. Teaches them how to approach God.  Telling someone how to change a tire is a lot different than doing it with them.  How we pray is most probably how they will pray.  Praying together models for them, guides and teaches them.  What a privilege it is to lead our children to connect with God!
  2. We hear what’s on their hearts and minds; their major concerns.  We learn about their character as they share their challenges about friends, tests or siblings.  It’s such a blessing to hear their prayers for those who need help or God’s healing touch.
  3. Helps us connect with God and each other.  Nothing can restore relationships better than asking for forgiveness!  We teach our children to ask for forgiveness from God and each other.  We want them to know God does forgive and that we are all in need of a Savior, even mommy and daddy!
  4. God answers the prayer of children!  God hears a child’s prayer.  God listens to children; God uses children. It was a child who had the 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:8-9).  Do you remember Josiah, the faithful boy king (2 Kings 22)?  He was used to restore a nation to God. Sharing these scriptures and encouraging our kids to build their relationship with God now, communicates to our children that God wants to work through them and that He listens to them today, not just when they are older!   It was Jesus who said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
  5. The most important benefit is so our children will experience GOD AT WORK.   Too many children are going to church and hearing terrific stories of what God has done in the past, but aren’t experiencing what He is doing today outside of Sunday mornings.  This is the biggest reason why the majority of children in church today are walking away: they are not experiencing the fruit of a home devoted.  We must point out God’s answered prayers, so our children know He is at work; that He still answers prayers!  Let’s make God known at home for doing great things here and now and then when our kids grow up and reach that age when their only hope is to rely upon God, they will know He is alive and working in their lives; that He is faithful; that He cares.

Let’s continue to sharpen each other. Respond with your comments, thoughts, questions below.

Questions to ponder individually, as a couple, or as a small group:

  1. How do our children experience God at work?  
  2. When will they experience God’s answered prayers for themselves?
  3. Why do you think the majority of children in the church grow up and out of their faith by college?
  4. When can we pray together?  (Suggestions: at a meal, in the car, after dinner, before going to bed, etc.)

*(Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, p. 78)

A Lesson From the Movie: War Room

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Dads, Encouragement, Grandparents, Moms, Prayers, Praying Together

I hope all of you see the movie War Room.  Not only is it an encouragement for marriages, there are so many other life lessons we are reminded of.  One of them is the influence we have on our children.  In the movie, their daughter, Danielle, writes down a list of prayers she has for God.  She learned this fromseeing her mom’s list.

What an incredible opportunity we have to lead our children to experience God’s answered prayers!  He is the same God that parted the Red Sea, healed the injured, rose people from the dead, etc.  (You may need the reminder, too, that GOD does answer prayers; He is powerful; He is at work today.)

Do your children see you fervently pray?  Do you pray with them?  Pray in boldness, so your children will grow to know that Jesus does care, is alive and is at work!

We have the greatest opportunity, responsibility and privilege to

tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,

    his power, and the wonders he has done.”  Psalm 78.4
Toward the end of the movie, Danielle checks off an answered prayer, deepening her trust and faith!  I’m convinced, if we will pray with our children & teens, they will grow mighty in faith!

If you want the parents and grandparents at your church to catch a vision and be equipped for making faith at home a daily routine, look into scheduling our parenting conference. (See here.)

Helping you have Homes Devoted,

Jonathan

5 Reasons To Pray Together As A Family

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Dads, Encouragement, Ideas, leaving a legacy, Prayers, Praying Together

We say mealtime prayers and pray with our kids at bedtime, but do we gather the family to seek God and expect Him to answer?  Do we fervently seek God’s heart and will; praise Him, thank Him, ask for forgiveness, and pray for others and our needs?

The fact is the majority of church attending parents aren’t praying as families. George Barna’s research revealed that less than 10% of parents in the church pray together with their kids other than at mealtimes.*

God Doesn’t Always Answer The Way We Think HE Should

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Challenging, Dads, Encouragement, Faith Conversations, Prayers

The last two weeks have been difficult. A beautiful, talented, dynamic 17 year old girl from the church where we had served for 12 years did not recover from an injury incurred from a skateboarding accident. As friends of the family and her former youth pastor, I was asked to speak at the service. She was an amazing young woman. I shed more tears in the last two weeks than the last five years. Almost 700 grieving teens, parents, and family members arrived seeking to find comfort and answers.

In the hospital, Haley’s parents and I, holding on to Haley, prayed for almost an hour on our knees weeping, crying out to the Lord of Heaven and of Earth for His healing touch. I recounted all the healings I had personally experienced and those recorded in the Bible. I believed He would answer.

Superman Meal Blessing

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Prayers

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Superman Prayer: Dads, Say this mealtime prayer with your kids! (Ok…maybe not if they are teenagers.) 🙂

Who says prayer has to be with our heads bowed and eyes shut (all the time)???

Here are the words to this fun prayer:

Thank you God for giving us food
Thank you God for giving us food
For the friends that we meet and the food that we eat
Thank you God for giving us food

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