Monday, May 23, 2011

Living the Gospel in Latter-Days: Family Prayer

“Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed.”
(3 Ne. 18:21)

Family prayer is an important commandment that can lead to many great blessings in our families. It can be quite a challenge, though, with very small children who do not always understand the importance of prayer, who cannot keep their little bodies still for any amount of time, and who may have drastically different sleeping/waking schedules that others in the family. Knowing that family prayer is still so vital to our families, my question today is...

How do you manage family prayer with toddlers in your home? What does it look like? What does it sound like?

How do you teach your children to learn the patterns of prayer?

When do you have family prayer?
Morning? Night? Both? Is it part of your regular morning and/or evening routine, or do you fit it in when it works on a day-to-day basis?

If we truly love our families we will constantly pray for them and with them. I know of no single activity that has more potential for unifying our families and bringing more love and divine direction into our homes than consistent, fervent family prayer.
~Elder John H. Groberg

We know it's important, so let's talk about how to do it! Please share what has worked (or what hasn't) in your family.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When we do family prayer, we hold hands, kneeling in a circle, instead of folding arms. That, first of all, helps keep the kids under control! Keep the prayers short, and give the kids opportunities to do the prayer too. We do it in the morning and at night.